Captain Charles Robbins’ Cape Fear River Adventures

Guided tours and excursions for individuals, groups and families on the Cape Fear River and the Black River by boat, canoe and kayak.


Adventures can be scheduled for morning, sunset, and even overnight camping trips.


Adventures Of A Lifetime

From historic downtown Wilmington into the backwaters of the local rivers you can view and capture on your camera the beautiful North Carolina wildlife up close. Here in Wilmington, a vast amount of local history belongs to the river.   See the Colonial rice canals up close on Eagles’ Island. Take a trip on the Black River into the “Three Sisters Swamp” to see the oldest known living Cypress tress. Using kayaks and canoes you can travel into these narrow spaces, otherwise unapproachable. You can also voyage on a 24 ft Carolina Skiff or an 18 ft Simmons Skiff for groups up to six. Along the way during your adventure, you’ll learn outdoor skills and how to respect nature. This is the essence of Captain Charles Robbins’ Cape Fear River Adventures—excursions into seldom seen parts of the Cape Fear River and Black River inhabited only by nature’s beauty.

 accessicon Our Prices

From the downtown dock: $20/hour/person
Day excursions with min. of 3 people (Skiff carries 6)

  • half day for boat $285
  • full day for boat $400

River Camping Excursions


$135 per day per person with a six person minimum.
Overnights are for kayak and canoe groups. These are fully supported,with camp setup. Paddle into camp for dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch for the paddle out. Alcoholic beverages are not included but can be furnished upon request. This is with your gear delivered to camp. Campfire going when you get there, ready for a relaxing evening. Full moons are a favorite, either on the river or on an island on the Intracoastal Waterway, even beachfront if you like.  We can also deliver your group to a location of your choice with a predetermined pickup time. The 24 ft. boat can also transport six kayaks.


Half day or full day fishing, for up to four. Half day starts at $285 , Full day $400.
We offer all the gear or you can bring your own. We can leave from all local ramps or hotel docks.

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accessicon We Love To Teach Outdoor Skills

Our goal is to have fun while teaching some basic things about being on the water. We offer confidence building skills:

  • Boating
  • Kayaking & Canoe
  • Chart reading
  • Wildlife recognition
  • Conservation
  • Why volunteer
  • Photography
  • Eco systems and how they work
  • Camping in the wild
  • Geo caching (gps treasure hunting)
  • Fishing for fun
  • Local river history
  • Stewardship
  • Birding
  • Intracoastal waterway
Riverwalk between Orange and Anne St.
Wilmingon, NC 28401
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Notable Quotes

“We had a great family trip last week with Captain Charles. We took the trip in his boat, not in kayaks. Our boys loved hearing about all the wildlife and the environmental issues. Captain Robbins even let each of them drive the boat, which was thrilling for them.”
“Went up to 3 Sisters on the Black River in kayaks (myself, daughter, and Captain Charles). We saw ancient bald cypresses. A great time and a relaxed trip you’ll enjoy.”
“Captain Charles took our family of six adults and two kids  (9 and 12) on a three hour trip around Eagles Island. We saw the abandoned rice fields, osprey and even an alligator. Captain Charles was very informative about the history of the river and how it was used.”