3114 Cheeks Bend Rd
Columbia, TN 38401

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"Tell me and I will forget,
Show me and I may remember,
Involve me and I will understand."

Spring Hours Summer Hours Fall Hours Late Fall Hours Winter Hours
Apr 18 - May 22, 2015 May 23 - Sep 7, 2015 Sep 8 - Oct 4, 2015 Oct 4 - Late Oct Late Oct - Spring 2016
Mon - Fri: Closed
Sat - Sun: 9 am to 5 pm
Last Drop Off: 1 pm
Mon - Fri: 9 am to 2 pm
Sat - Sun: 8 am to 6 pm
Last Drop Off: 2 pm
Mon - Fri: 9 am to 1 pm
Sat - Sun: 9 am to 5 pm
Last Drop Off: 1 pm
Mon - Fri: Closed
Sat - Sun: 9 am to 5 pm
Last Drop Off: 1 pm
Mon - Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Sale and Demo of Jackson Kayaks Available Year Round by Appointment

Upcoming Events

April 11
Bells Bend Outdoor Recreation Festival and Expo

April 18-19
Opening Weekend

May 2
Cumberland River Paddlefest

Duck River Clean-Up

August 22
River Bassin Tournament

Higher Pursuits

Welcome to Higher Pursuits...

Higher Pursuits has been providing teambuilding and team bonding programs in Middle Tennessee since 1999 and in 2010 we proudly launched our Duck River Canoe Base.

At our Duck River Canoe Base we provide canoe and kayak rentals on the scenic Duck River located near Columbia, TN. Our goal is connect you with the natural wonder of the river while providing great service, quality equipment and a family friendly environment.  In addition to renting canoes and kayaks, we also provided guided trips on the Duck River, canoe instruction, kayak instruction, and are an authorized dealer for Jackson Fishing and Recreational Kayaks.

The section of the Duck River that we rent canoes and kayaks on is part of the Duck River Blueway and is designated as a state scenic river. The Duck River has something for everyone and can be enjoyed by novices, families, and experienced paddlers. It features historic mill sites and a great abundance of wildlife. Many paddlers are fortunate enough to see great blue herons, belted kingfishers, bald eagles, minks, muskrats and river otters. In the water, there are fish galore, and on the streambed are thousands of fresh water mussels, including some found only in this area.

Canoe Base

In addition to our rentals, we provide guided river trips to families, church groups, girl scout troops, and boy scout troops. These guided trips can focus on improving paddling skills, the history of the river and/or the wildlife found in the Duck River.

Since 1999, Higher Pursuits has been providing team building and team bonding programs for school groups, colleges, and small business throughout Middle Tennessee. All our teambuilding programs are portable, which means we can set up at your location, a nearby park or other locations. We can also bring your group to the canoe base for a day of team bonding through a guided canoe trip and teambuilding initiatives.

So whether you are a family looking for a great day on the river, a small business or corporation looking for a unique team bonding experience, or group of friends looking for a guided trip on the river, Higher Pursuits is your source for challenge, education and adventure.


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We look forward to seeing you at the Higher Pursuits Duck River Canoe Base!