Float the 


Now open for 2021!

Reservations available - no walk-ins please

French Broad

Welcome to Lazy Otter Outfitters

Welcome to the French Broad River - nature's favorite stretch of one of the world's oldest rivers. Far from the rush and the roads, yet close to Hendersonville, Asheville and Brevard. See the French Broad the Lazy Otter way!

Summer is in full swing! The Undiscovered French Broad is a great place to escape the crowds and the heat. It's been a pretty dry summer so far so river levels are getting a bit lower, which means we are not booking any Adventure Tubing trips at this time. While there is always plenty to float on along this stretch of the river for kayaks, lower water levels do expose more obstacles, primarily fallen trees, that you'll have to maneuver around. We encourage everyone to paddle with a friend, and novices should be accompanied by more experienced paddlers. Also, for those considering our 4-mile Paddle on the Horse Shoe Bend, keep in mind that at low water levels getting off your kayak on our boat ramp can be a little tricky, so those with limited mobility should consider waiting for another time.

Featured Paddle


7-Mile Paddle to Westfeldt Park

Seven miles on the calm and uncrowded French Broad River! 


“... an overall amazing experience”

Darrius, Facebook

More Trips on the Undiscovered French Broad

Kayaking the French Broad River near Hen

4-Mile Paddle on the Horse Shoe Bend

Enjoy four calm, beautiful miles on the French Broad away from roads and buildings, with only three minutes on the shuttle bus!

Lazy Otter Outfitters Sierra Nevada Expr

Sierra Nevada Express

Paddle or drift your way along seven scenic miles, finishing next to the area's biggest brewery!

Tubing the French Broad River near Hende

Adventure Tubing

Part lazy and part active, Adventure Tubing is a different way to drift the French Broad!

Who enjoys a trip with Lazy Otter? Everybody!

Lazy Otter paddler photos
Lazy Otter paddler photos
Lazy Otter paddler photos
Lazy Otter paddler photos
Lazy Otter paddler photos
Lazy Otter paddler photos
Lazy Otter paddler photos
Lazy Otter paddler photos
Lazy Otter paddler photos


Send us a message

Thanks for submitting!


Subscribe to Otter Tales!

Let Lazy Otter Outfitters keep you up to date with our own latest announcements, plus news of the Undiscovered French Broad, other area happenings and paddling specials!

Thanks for subscribing!

Terms and Conditions - Your email will never be sold, it will only be used to deliver Lazy Otter Outfitters information. You may unsubscribe at any time.