Guided Kayaking Fontana Lake

(16 customer reviews)

From: $94.00


Not comfortable going out on the water by yourself in a kayak? If you’re curious but want an experienced Guide to lead the way, we’ve got the solution with this 2 hour adventure.  We’ll bring the kayak(s) and Guide for you to explore beautiful Fontana Lake in Bryson City.  Enjoy the scenery, explore coves, have a relaxing day, take a lunch!   No experience required, all kayak equipment provided. Children 8+.  250 lb. weight limit. 2 person minimum booking required. Advanced Reservations Required.  NOTE: “Same day or next day” availability can not be guaranteed. If you don’t see availabiltiy on the calendar, please call!  We may have availability that’s not showing on the calendar.  Many adventures book well in advance of the desired date and/or may not be available on a desired date. If you would like to check availablity before booking, please contact Carolina Bound Adventures directly ahead of booking at 828-569-6699.

16 reviews for Guided Kayaking Fontana Lake

  1. Teresa Pickett (verified owner)

    Our family had a great time with Mark on our first try at Kayaking today. Will be coming back for more adventures with Carolina Bound Adventures! Thanks Mark for a great morning on Lake Fontana!

  2. Talyn Edwards

    Kayaking was absolutely phenomenal with Mark! He had lots of helpful tips and was patient with us as we were learning kayaking. Definitely will be using Mark’s services in the future!

  3. John and Sarah Walker

    Mark was amazing! We took our 7yr old and weren’t sure what to expect. Mark was very welcoming and not only wonderful with us but with our son too. He points out great details and information about the area and explains factors that impact the water, land, etc. It wasn’t just fun but educational too. We would absolutely visit again!

  4. Angela Caldwell

    “We had such a great time with Mark!!! He is an excellent and informed guide; his knowledge of the area was enlightening. We will definitely come back for future endeavors.”

  5. Kiersten Albert

    “Mark communicated very well with us. We had a hard time finding the meet up spot since we weren’t very familiar with the area, but he gave us great directions and was very understanding. This was my first time kayaking since I was a kid and my partners first time being in a double kayak, he explained the basics to us and was patient while we learned how to steer and row together. He even took a few really cute photos of us. This was one of our favorite things we did on our trip, and we would love to come back and do it again!”

  6. Rebecca Ricker

    Had a fabulous guided kayak trip this morning. Mark our guide was super knowledgeable! He was super patient with our beginner skills and my teenagers. The morning fog and the views on Fontana lake were gorgeous! Super easy to book and accommodated special needs of our group

  7. Kaily Matamoris

    “Highly recommend a tour with Mark. He did a fantastic job on our kayaking experience through Lake Fontana and we would love to come back. We felt safe, gained local knowledge of the area and had an awesome adventure.”

  8. John McRae

    We kayaked Fontana Lake with Mark and Joanie and had the very best time. Not only did they know kayaking, but they were great teachers of the history of the area and the flora and fauna of the area! Book with Carolina Bound, you won’t regret it!!

  9. Karin Jackson

    Our experiences with Carolina Bound Adventures were outstanding! Mark and JJ guided our kayak tour of Fontana Lake. They were informative, educational, professional, and FUN! Sarah guided our 6 mile waterfall hike, which was stellar due to her knowledge of the mountain, not to mention the views. Bonus to our unforgettable adventures with Carolina Bound-we felt that we made new friends! Carolina Bound Adventures gets my highest recommendation- simply the BEST!!

  10. Sara Ann Baker

    We had a great kayak tour of Lake Fontana provided by Mark at Carolina Bound. His yaks were in excellent condition and his service was excellent, from booking, to confirmation and deliver/pick up at the launch site. He even had dry bags for people who did not have their own.

  11. Mary Otradovec

    While on vacation in the Gatlinburg area we looked for opportunities to go kayaking. We reached out to Mark for availability and he was able to make a time slot work with our vacation schedule. Not only were Mark and Sara flexible and accommodating they provided our family a personal guided tour that exceeded our expectations. Our 14 year old son commented that the kayaking experience was his favorite thing during our week long vacation! We would highly recommend Carolina Bound Adventures for any individual or family looking for a perfect outdoor get away!

  12. Leslie Walker

    We enjoyed an adventure with Carolina Bound on July 22, 2023. Mark was our guide on Lake Fontana. He took our family of 5, (ages 19 – 62), in sit-on-top, lake – kayaks. The water and scenery were beautiful. He shared historic information about Lake Fontana as well as sharing insights into the area from a locals perspective. We could tell he loves the great outdoors & the Great Smoky Mountains. He is gifted at sharing them both with others. Mark was very accommodating and made the adventure easy and pleasant for us. We recommend going on an adventure with them. Lots of levels of adventure to choose from with those guys. Our trip was refreshing and relaxing. Thanks, Mark!

  13. Dottie B

    Multiple favorites about the day. Mark the owner and guide is a wealth of knowledge about Lake Fontana as well as the whole Nantahala area and Bryson City. He is an excellent communicator. Our kayak adventure was both beautiful and educational. He and his wife were amazing guides as well as kind good people. Our group of mid 60’s age women handled our trip without difficulty due to their instruction and guide skills. I could not have asked for a more perfect day in such a beautiful setting. I highly recommend Carolina Bound Adventures and will definitely use them in the future.

  14. Lisa Jackson

    We were in Bryson City for a family getaway – first time in the area. We have young kids (3 and 5) and were hoping to get out on the lake but were early in the season so many of the outfitters were not yet open. Luckily, we found Carolina Bound Adventures online – their website was so easy to navigate & book & Mark was very responsive & helpful over the phone. He was very knowledgable about the area & helpful in planning a kayaking outing for us. His communication was great & we felt comfortable with the whole process. He was friendly and took some photos for us on the water. Highly recommend them for an outdoor excursion in the area!

  15. Lynn Gonzalez

    Our first time kayaking experience with Sarah was awesome. She made us feel very comfortable and showed us little tips to make paddling easy. We found out a lot of great information to use for our next time out. Sara is very knowledgeable and we definitely learned a lot. I was so nervous I would not enjoy this, but it was actually one of my best experiences I have had. Thanks so much Sarah and Carolina Bound adventures!!

  16. Jill Wise

    We had an amazing time on our kayaking adventure. Mark was extremely knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We plan to come back to enjoy many more experiences that Carolina Bound Adventures has to offer!

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