Min Age

5 yrs

Max Group Size



2 Hours


$55 / person


A scavenger hunt of sorts discovering what lives above and below the water’s surface to determine the health of our waterways?

A common thread in our community that has kept local people out of our rivers is that for several decades they have been told not to swim in the river as it is too dirty and unsafe. This was certainly true before the initiation of the Clean Water Act in 1972. These regulations along with the help of citizens in our area who advocated for clean water have paved the way for clean and safe waterways to recreate in.

snorkel rivers in NC

Aquatic environments are fun, beautiful, rich in discovery and rich in natural and cultural history. We experience water all our lives, but few people are aware of the complex aquatic environment below the surface; it is a “new world” worth exploring! NC Outdoor Adventures will provide folks with an opportunity to see and explore the rivers and streams in an up-close hands-on way.

The purpose of this event is to test the health of our waterways, via this program. How will we do that? Each snorkel event will give participants not only the chance to see what lives below the surface but also an opportunity to catch and release a few critters. The number of different species we find will be added up to determine that body of waters health.

We will also document species we find on the iNaturalist app as well as perform water sampling via the World Water Monitoring Program. This info will be posted into a national database. Trips will take place along several waterways across our area.

Please bring your own snorkel mask or goggles or purchase a snorkel in the store. Participants will be provided PFDs as needed. We will provide specimen cups, buckets, hands, and kick-nets to discover what is below the surface.

snorkeling wnc creeks and rivers with NCOA river eco snorkel


Third Sunday of each month June-August at 11:30AM.

Length of Trip:  

Two hours


$58 or $48 for Mitchell and Yancey residents. Trip minimum of 3. We will reach out to you if the trip’s minimum guest requirements are not met.

If you cannot find a date on the calendar that works with your schedule you can book a private date for a group (minimum of 5 people). Please email us for details ncoadventures@gmail.com or call (828) 260-4505 or simply use the contact us button at the bottom of the page.

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Group bookings: For groups of 20 or more please contact ncoadvenures@gmail.com or call us on (828) 260-4505

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