Lazy Otter Outfitters
Lazy Otter Outfitters
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CJ
Seattle, WA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Excellent service and very safe. I was very impressed with each boat having an emergency phone which also tracked kayak position. The team knew when we would arrive at the end dock. We did not have to wait for a slower group to finish, and they were able to return us to our vehicle, long before the other group had even finished.
Written June 20, 2021
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David Y
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A fantastic experience overall. The online reservation process was simple and completed without a hitch. We arrived early and were promptly greeted by Matt with a smile and handshake. The river kayaking started on time beginning with a detailed review of the trip and a thorough safety talk. Each group was given a waterproof emergency cell phone which actually monitors our location on the river! The boats and gear were in great condition and clean. And Matt was there at the takeout spot, hauling the boats in. The weather was ideal and the four mile float on the French Broad river was delightfully serene. Thanks Matt for making our Carolina kayaking spectacular.
Written September 4, 2023
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Jeanette M
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Having family in the area my husband and I spend a week in western Carolina every summer. We love the rivers! We have gone on several tubing and canoe trips on parts of the French Broad and other rivers in the vicinity. Therefore, when my husband and I read the reviews for Lazy Otter, we had to check it out! We were launched at 11:30 a.m. with three others in individual Kayaks. It was tricky to find the location due to confusing directions and virtually no signage until you arrive. Once there, you will find a nice clean building, changing rooms and bathrooms. Each person has a sealed cell phone attached to their vessel in case of emergency but mostly so you can be tracked by Lazy Otter personnel. They need to keep track of you to plan pick up when you end your trip. This part of the river is DEEP. You will not get stuck on rocks but you will have to navigate around many downed trees. This was not difficult in a canoe. However, the three Kayakers did have a perilous situation. We we able to rescue them but only because we flowed slowly down the river hardly needing to paddle and were behind them about 20 minutes. One had capsized trying to navigate around a huge tree blocking most of the river. She was unable to touch and was clinging to a tree while one captured her paddle and another had her Kayak. Her life jacket was hooked on part of the tree and it took her awhile to get free. All ended well. We ended our 7 mile trip at 3:45 due to the delay helping the Kayakers.
Written June 24, 2021
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Anita F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I am the woman in the previous review whose kayak overturned because of branches and trees almost across the entire river in one spot. My life preserver straps got totally entangled in the underwater branches, to the point that I was pinned under the kayak and I couldn't move at all. I actually don't know how I managed to get my head above water, but I did in the nick of time. I have never kayaked in a river, only lakes, so I didn't understand the dangers. In talking to some experienced kayakers I learned that this is a very dangerous situation when there are branches and trees in the river, and that it is not uncommon for people to die because of getting tangled under water. If you take this trip, be sure the most experienced of your group is the leader, and be sure you all have a knife. We took the 7 mile trip. I asked the owner if the shorter trips are any different, and he said no. I believe it is false advertising to say this is an easy kayak float down a peaceful river.
Written June 25, 2021
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Nancy
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Great service, clean & friendly! Well prepared at checkin, liabiliy forms, gear and boats were all ready for a quick, easy process. Boats were newer and clean. Matt provided great service before and after the journey. They had thorough COVID19 sanitation precautions in place.
Written July 11, 2020
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Nancy
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Great “water safari” on the French Broad River, quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The Lazy Otter Outfitters are well organized, which made for an uncomplicated outing from beginning to end. We thoroughly enjoyed our excursion.
Written July 14, 2020
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Millie
Blythewood, SC30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We had so much fun kayaking on the French Broad River! The weather was delightful and we were some of the only ones on this portion of the river. It is so very relaxing and peaceful! The river's current moves you along at a nice slow pace, or you can pick it up by paddling a bit. The scenery is wonderful too! :)
Written July 28, 2020
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Jeff M
Hendersonville, NC51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
What a great 3 hours. I probably should not write this as I am definitely going to go back and dont want the secret to get out.
A truly fun relaxing trip. Matt was great, safe and professional.
Like having the French Broad to ourselves using state of the art Kayaks with GPS so he knows where we are. Safety course at beginning and was waiting for us at end. If you love to kayak this is for you.
Written July 27, 2020
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Patrick D
Asheville, NC24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This is the best part of the French Broad River for a kayak trip. So green and peaceful. We have done several other sections and outfitters, but Lazy Otter is the best. The owner, Matt, made our trip so easy. It’s a ten minute ride from Hendersonville. Our kayak was already loaded on the trailer. It was a few minute ride to the put in, and a shady, cool float down the river for an hour and a half. Easy peasy! We had great help getting in and out of the kayak and the river. DO THIS TRIP!
Written June 21, 2022
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Terri M
Bradenton, FL71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The folks at Lazy Otter Outfitters ensured we had a lovely time paddling down a beautiful river. They were great from the time we set the reservation until we pulled the kayak from the river. Their service and personal attention were excellent. It was quiet and peaceful and we paddled and floated at a pace that was perfect for us. I highly recommend Lazy Otter and exploring the less traveled French Broad River.
Written September 1, 2019
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