Shuttles and River Access
Details, Options and Prices
Let Lazy Otter make your paddle trip easy!
Catch a ride on the Lazy Otter shuttle to make a trip on the French Broad using your own equipment a snap! Put in at Lazy Otter HQ in Horse Shoe and float seven miles to the Westfeldt take-out near the Sierra Nevada brewery and Asheville Airport, or we can take you up-river to the Horse Shoe Bend, Blantyre or Penrose put-ins so you can paddle back to us. The paddles are on flat water, but Lazy Otter recommends participants be able to swim and be comfortable maneuvering their boat around obstacles. Expect the float to Westfeldt to take 2.5-3.5 hours, depending on water flows and your effort. The Horse Shoe Bend float generally lasts about two hours, the Blantyre float is around 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours, and Penrose about 5 1/2 hours.
Shuttle-only trips to Westfeldt Park are available by reservation with our scheduled Sierra Nevada Express trips. The meeting place is at Westfeldt where we'll load you up and take you upstream to Lazy Otter HQ, and you'll paddle back to your car at your leisure. The cost is $20 per person.
Shuttle-only trips to Blantyre and Penrose by arrangement at 8 a.m. You'll meet us at our location at 10 Banner Farm Road, and you'll have the freedom to take your time on your way back to Lazy Otter HQ, since your car will be waiting for you here! The cost is $20/person.
Shuttle-only trips to the Horse Shoe Bend put-in are available by request on the day of your trip and subject to availability, so call on the day you'd like to paddle to inquire. Meet at Lazy Otter HQ. The cost is $12 for one or two people, $20 for three or four people, and $30 for up to eight people. Remember that this is a very easy shuttle to do on your own with two cars since the public access is only one mile away from Lazy Otter HQ by road. If you can shuttle yourself, the charge to use the boat ramp is $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
(All times subject to availability and change)
Just want to shuttle yourself?
Lazy Otter HQ has a prime riverside location in Horse Shoe, located 13 river miles downstream from the Penrose access, ten miles downstream from the Blantyre access, four miles downstream from the Horse Shoe Bend access on Highway 64, and seven miles upstream from Westfeldt Park. If all you want to do is park on our property and use our boat ramp, the cost if $5 per car and up to four boats Monday through Friday, and $10 per car and up to four boats Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are not required, but you should call to let us know you're coming so we can make arrangements if we won't be on site. No new parking or boat ramp use is allowed when the office is closed!