Kayak/Canoe Rentals

Canoe and Kayak Rentals

The Higher Pursuits Duck River Canoe Base is located just minutes from downtown Columbia, TN and features canoe and kayak trips on the beautiful and scenic Duck River.

Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Canoe and Kayak Rentals

The Duck River winds its way through Maury County, the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area and the Duck River State Natural Area. This makes all our routes feel remote and unobstructed by houses and roads. There are gorgeous gravel bars, rock bluffs and beautiful scenery throughout. All of our paddling routes are an easygoing Class I with very few swift spots. We offer several paddling routes.

The Duck River was designated as a state scenic river and blue way because of its diverse wildlife and historic mill sites. To learn more about this unique and beautiful river visit our Duck River Information page.

Our canoe and kayak rentals feature quality boats, exceptional service and a family friendly atmosphere.

We recommend calling ahead for reservations or booking online to ensure boat availability

To speed up your check-in at the canoe base, you can download our Release Form and complete it ahead of time. You will need one release form for each person in your group (including one for each child). If you have participant under the age of 18, they will need a parent or guardian to sign their release form ahead of time.

Download the Higher Pursuits Release Form

Rental PricesCanoe and Kayak Rentals

  • Canoe Rental: $45 per canoe
  • Kayak Rental: $30 per kayak
  • Fishing Kayak Rental: $50 per kayak
  • Tandem Kayak Rental: $45 for the two person kayak
  • Shuttle for your own canoe and kayak: $15 per boat
  • all rental prices include paddles, lifejacket, shuttle to the put-in and shuttle from the take-out

For a more enjoyable trip on the river we recommend only two adults per canoe. Small children can also ride in the center of the boat, but we recommend no more than two children

We accept cash or all major credits cards. On busy weekends, cash is your fastest form of payment.

Inclement Weather: If we are unable to open for rentals or need to close early we always post on our facebook page to keep as many customers informed as possible. If you have a reservation and we decide to close due to weather or water conditions we will call the phone number of the person who made the reservation to inform the group.

We offer two routes on the Duck River: our most popular route of 5.5 miles and our longer route of 8.5 miles. Visit our route descriptions to read more about each route and determine which route works best for you and your group.

For Group Leaders: visit our group leader information page for pricing, release forms, and information for your group's trip.

If you are looking to improve your paddling skills, we offer canoe and kayak classes by skilled and experienced instructors. Check out our upcoming classes for 2018.


We welcome fisherman and can accommodate an early drop off or pick up if you call a few days in advance. The Duck River features wonderful fishing for Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Blue Gill, and other Black Bass species. You will need to have a current Tennessee fishing license with you if you are fishing or assisting others with fishing. In addition to renting canoes for fishing, we also rent Fishing Kayaks ($50 rental fee) and are a Jackson Kayak Dealer and a Perception Kayak Dealer.

Types of Boats We Rent

Higher Pursuits offers a variety of kayaks for rental. When you arrive at our location we will walk you through the types of boats available and help you choose a boat that will best fit your needs. Below is a picture and description of the types of kayaks we rent. When you make your reservation, let us know if you would like to reserve a particular kayak model.

Single Person Kayaks ($30 Rental Fee)

Perception Impulse

Perception Impulse
Perception Impulse Sit Inside Kayak

Comfortable and light-weight Sit Inside kayak. It is stable, turns easily and is a great choice for both novice and experienced paddlers. This is a great choice for kids as well because it is lightweight and narrow enough for most 10 year olds to reach the water with the paddle.

Weight Capacity: 275 lbs

Jackson Riviera

Jackson Riviera
Jackson Riviera Sit On Top Kayak

The Jackson Riviera is a sit on top kayak with a deceptively comfortable molded seat. It is a very stable boat that turns on a dime and can take you anywhere on the river that you want to go. One of our most popular rental boats.

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Jackson Tripper 12

Jackson Tripper
Jackson Tripper Sit Inside Kayak

The Tripper 12 is also very popular with our paddlers that needed to put a child/pet in the boat with them or just need a boat with a little bit higher weight rating. It is a very stable boat and features a large, open cockpit allowing more room for gear or a child. It also features the Jackson Elite Seat. Its open design makes it easier to get in and out of the boat. This boat also has the highest weight capacity of our fleet. We have a limited number of Trippers available so when you make your reservation let us know if we need to hold one for you.

Weight Capacity: 375 lbs

Two Person Kayaks (Tandems) ($45 Rental Fee)

Jackson Riviera Tandem

Jackson Riviera Tandem
Jackson Riviera Tandem (Two Person Kayak)

The Jackson Riviera Tandem is a two person kayak that is incredibly stable and easy to paddle. This is a great boat for families that want to put an adult in the back and a child in the front or for a group of friends that want to paddle together instead of individual kayaks. The Riviera tandem rents for the same price as a canoe, $45 for the boat.

Weight Capacity: 450 lbs

Single Person Kayaks for Kids or Small Adults ($30 Rental Fee)

Jackson Mini Tripper

Jackson Mini Tripper
Jackson Mini Tripper (Kids Kayak)

The Jackson Mini Tripper is specially made for kids. It is a narrow boat the allows kids to reach the water, but is incredibly fast and stable. It's open design helps first time paddlers feel comfortable in the kayak and allows them their own storage space for their gear. We recommend this boat for kids 8 years and up. The perception impulse also works well for kids as they grow out of the mini.

Weight Capacity: 120 lbs

Perception Prodigy XS

Perception Prodigy XS
Perception Prodigy XS (Kids Kayak)

The Prodigy XS is a stable, fast boat that kids love. It is comfortable and easy to manuever. We recommend this boat for kids 8 years old and up. When you come to the canoe base we can let your child sit in the prodigy and then Jackson Mini Tripper and help your family decide which is the best option for your child.

Weight Capacity: 150 lbs

Fishing Kayaks ($50 Rental Fee)

We have a limited number of fishing kayaks available so reservations are required. We normally have two per model type. Also, any of our fishing demo kayaks are available for rental, but we only have one of each model so reservations are required.

Jackson Coosa

Jackson Coosa
Jackson Coosa (Fishing Kayak)

Jackson's best ‘moving water’ fishing kayak. The Coosa is made to cater to the river angler. It is small enough to get into tight places, but stable enough for standing. It is an ideal kayak for rivers, creeks, small lakes and ponds. It's hull design makes it easy to turn and get into tight places.

Weight Capacity: 350 lbs

Jackson Coosa HD

Jackson Coosa HD
Jackson Coosa HD (Fishing Kayak)

This ‘heavy duty’ fishing craft boasts amped up specs/features and is slightly longer and wider than the original Coosa; this makes it even more stable and a perfect fit for anglers of all sizes or those who are really looking for a stand up fishing kayak. The hull is still river friendly, but the HD will track truer on the flat waters of lakes or inshore saltwater.

Weight Capacity: 425 lbs


Jackson Liska
Jackson Liska (Fishing Kayak)

The Liska is wider and more stable than the Coosa. It also features the hi-lo ergo seat. This boat tracks exceptionally well and is a nice clean platform for fly fishing or bait casting. It also feature track systems on the gunnels, large stern storage area, and molded in rod holders behind the seat.

Weight Capacity: 350 lbs