Day Pack – Kayak Adventure


Who doesn’t love spending a day on the water? No one! Join us as we explore one of our local paddling destinations for a full-day kayak adventure. Choose between the New River, the James River, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, or Gatewood Reservoir for a day full of splashy fun. No paddling experience? No worries! We’ll spend the first part of the day going over basic strokes and maneuvers to make everyone is ready for the water. At the end of the day, we’ll shuttle you back to Mountain Shepherd, where you can gear up for your next adventure!

What to Expect

You’ll meet your fellow paddlers at Mountain Shepherd’s gorgeous 100-acre campus.  After packing a lunch for the water, we’ll load up in Mountain Shepherd’s van (Dora the Explorer!) and shuttle you to your paddling destination. After a fun filled day on the water, we’ll shuttle you back to Mountain Shepherd. All gear and safety equipment is provided for the day. 

Adventure Highlights

  •       Full day course
  •       Kayaking
  •       Shuttle
  •       Lunch included
  •       Memories to last a lifetime
  •       Small group environment (10 maximum)
  •       Hands-on learning


TBD, Contact us for a custom course!

Who chooses this adventure?

Paddling experience is not required for this course. We’ll do an introductory paddling lesson before we get on the water, and make sure everyone is feeling comfortable before we embark on our excursion. Depending on water levels, this course will be on rivers with Class I or II rapids or a flat-water reservoir. 

This is a course for adults. 18 year olds may come alone. Mature 16 & 17 year olds may come with a responsible partner over the age of 18.

Course Minimum: 4, Course Maximum: 10

What's Included?


We will provide kayaks, paddles, and all safety equipment (PFD’s are required). The only required gear you need to bring is appropriate paddling footwear (closed-toed shoes) and quick-dry clothing/bathing suits (see below for packing list). 


Lunch is provided, with plenty of options and dietary accommodations available.

Travel Arrangements

Your adventure begins and ends at the Mountain Shepherd Lodge in Catawba, VA.The nearest airport is Roanoke (ROA), which is approximately a 30 minute drive time.

Arrival time is by 9:30 am on the morning of the training. The course concludes by 4:30 pm. If you prefer to travel the day before, you can stay at the lodge. $50 includes a bunk and breakfast. $25 for each additional person in your group. Group, semi-private and private rooms are available. Contact us for reservations. Payment due before you leave.

Activity Level

Easy to Moderate

No paddling experience necessary. Depending on water levels, this course will be on rivers with Class I or II rapids (small) or a flat-water reservoir. 



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