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Boat Rentals, Guides, and Outfitters

The Cape Fear River offers unique and accessible recreational opportunities. Use this page to find and connect with these amazing opportunities to enjoy to beauty of our natural heritage. Here you will find a comprehensive listing of the region’s hiking and camping sites. By clicking links below you will also find a complete list of fishing and boating service providers (e.g., charters, guides, and retail shops.)

Cape Fear Adventures

“We are a small, family owned and operated canoe and kayak outfitter. We specialize in canoe and kayak rentals on the Upper Cape Fear River. Cape Fear River Adventures is based out of Lillington, which is a short drive from Raleigh, Fayetteville, and many of their surrounding areas. We have many river trips to offer, from flat-water family outings to a day of adventure you won’t soon forget! Get up-close and personal with abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery. The best thing is: we’re right in your “backyard”. Come spend a day with us and we promise to show you how a river’s run.”

Cape Fear Riverboats

Welcome aboard the Capt. J.N. Maffitt, John Knox and Jacob’s Run, from the oldest continuously running cruise company in Wilmington, NC. You will be cruising on the Cape Fear River, famous as a vital lifeline for the South for more than 300 years. Sit back, relax, and take it all in. It truly is an area of the world like no other! In addition to the beautiful views, you will enjoy educational and entertaining narration by our captain.

Wilmington Water Tours

Wilmington Water Tours is based in Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. We are here to serve the city and the exciting, always changing riverfront. We offer daily narrated cruises and private charters. Passengers board the vessel to explore the waters of the mysterious Cape Fear River, while also learning about the history.The Wilmington is the first and finest state-of-the-art catamaran to serve Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC. She has a wake cancelling design and is fully enclosed (heat if needed). She is handicap accessible and offers a flexible layout for comfortable seating up to 49 guests. All ABC permits and spacious restroom complete our package. Come downtown and visit us, you’ll be impressed with our 46′ catamaran, the Wilmington.