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Featured Event: Paddle for the Border

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Dismal Swamp State Park 2294 US Hwy 17 N, South Mills, NC 27976
The 15th annual Paddle for the Border event will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. This popular canoe/kayak trek allows participants to paddle 7.5 miles along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Boaters will launch at the Dismal Swamp State Park canal bridge in South Mills, NC and paddle at their own pace to Ballahack Road Boat Ramp in Chesapeake, VA.

Open registration runs from January 2nd to April 6th, 2018. The fee is $40 per person and includes a “grab-and-go” breakfast, picnic lunch at the end of the journey and your choice of a T-shirt or hat. Late registration (April 7th - until full) requires participants to register online only and add a $10 late fee. Spots fill up quick, so hurry and reserve your place!

Paddlers can register online at and by mail-in, walk-in or drop-off. A registration form and signed waiver must be submitted. To obtain registration packets call 1-877-771-8333.

The event is a joint effort by Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism, North Carolina’s Dismal Swamp State Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Camden County and the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center.
Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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