Demo Policy

To help you find the best boat for your needs, Nantahala Outdoor Center offers kayaks for demo on the Nantahala River or Fontana Lake. Check out our  whitewater kayaks from Pyranha, Dagger, or Jackson Kayak! We usually have a demo available in every size, model, and brand of the whitewater kayaks we sell. If you are looking for a particular boat to demo, you might want to call to make sure we have that particular boat in our demo fleet. Sorry, you cannot reserve a boat ahead of time. All demos are first come, first served only. Call us at 828.488.7230 for more information.


NOC Demo Policies:



  • Class III whitewater experience. 
  • Your own PFD, Helmet, & Sprayskirt. NOC will not provide any paddling gear other than the boat and standard boat outfitting. Demo paddles are also available.



NOC requires a signed demo contract from an adult 18+ years of age, and a security deposit in the form of a credit card charge prior to demos. For free demos, a scan of your credit card will be taken for security. If you decide you would like to purchase equipment after your demo, NOC will use the initial demo fee towards the cost of the item.


                       RENTAL TIME 



1 Hour



½ Day (1-4 hrs)



Full Day (back 1 hour before closing)




Visit us in the Nantahala Gorge, inquire at the Outfitter’s Store, or call for more information - 1.800.367.3521.