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Paddling the Pasquotank

Steve Magaro would like nothing more than to see you paddling the Pasquotank River. Magaro started Perquimans River Outfitters last year, and this year he’s brought his kayaks and canoes to Elizabeth City and the Pasquotank River under the name of River City Outfitters. Steve sets up shop each Saturday and Sunday at Charles Creek Park. The park, he says, is perfect because the creek is a big, calm pool that offers direct access to the Pasquotank River. Beginning paddlers can climb aboard and, for $10 an hour, learn to navigate a kayak in the safety of Charles Creek. Half a day is $25, and a full day $45. Steve says the great thing about learning to paddle at Charles Creek Park is the water is only waste deep. For the more experienced paddler, the scenic Pasquotank River beckcons just beyond the Charles Creek Bridge. You can travel upriver to view the beauty of the cypress lined shoreline, or perhaps head east on the river and see some of the most wonderful homes on Riverside Avenue from the river’s edge. Steve also is interested in getting the youth out on the water. An Eagle Scout and retired Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Steve says he wants nothing more than to see kids enjoy the river. His hope is that youth groups from churches to civic organizations will take advantage of his River City Outfitters kayaks and canoes. To check out River City Outfitters, head over to Charles Creek Park in downtown Elizabeth City, just across the way from Museum of the Albemarle, on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find out how beautiful Elizabeth City is from the water’s edge. You can also call him at (252) 340-0900.