Frequently Asked Questions

Kayak/Canoe Rentals

Mad River Canoes

What kind of canoes do you rent?
Higher Pursuits mainly uses the Mad River Journey Canoe which are 15.5 foot polyethylene canoes that are extremely durable and their short length make them easy to maneuver. These models work great for families. They are considered a stable canoe that is easily maneuvered.

How many people do you allow in a canoe?

We recommend that only two adults paddle in canoe. However, families can place one to two children in the middle of canoe. The number of children you can fit into the middle of a canoe is determined by the size and age of the child. Generally speaking, the more people you put in a canoe the more unstable a canoe becomes. Many families also enjoy trying the 2 person kayak. This allows an adult to sit in the back of the two person kayak and the child to sit in the front of the kayak.

What if I have my own canoe or kayak?

Higher Pursuits welcomes paddlers that have their own canoes or kayaks. We charge a $15 per boat shuttle fee. When you arrive at the canoe base we can discuss the best way to shuttle your equipment.

Do you rent kayaks?

Yes, Higher Pursuits offers a wide 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. We offer three types of rental kayaks (A description of our current rental kayaks is available on our Canoe and Kayak Rental Page). We also offer a limited number of Fishing Kayaks that rent for a slightly higher fee.

Do you rent 2 person kayaks?

Two Person Kayak (Tandem)

Yes, Higher Pursuits has a limited number of two person kayaks (tandem kayaks). These two person kayaks look just like the Riviera but with two seats. They are a great option for groups that want to kayak but do not want to paddle by themselves. The two person kayaks have also been very popular with families. An adult sits in the back of the kayak and a child sits in the front seat. This is a great way to introduce kids to kayaking and teach them how to paddle a kayak.

What is your minimum age limit?

Minimum Age: Our minimum age is 3 years old, however some children older than three years old may not be ready to join you for a day on the river. Before deciding to bring a child canoeing or kayaking we ask that you consider the following:

  • Is your child comfortable in the water?
  • Do they know how to swim?
  • Do they enjoy swimming, are they comfortable going underwater?
  • Is it going to be too hot, too cold, too windy or just too sunny for a young child (are they heat tolerant)?
  • Do you feel confident that you can manage yourself, your boat and your child if your boat flips over?

Do you allow fishing?

Fishing is allowed on the Duck River. If you take fish or attempt to take fish (including crayfish) by any method or if you assist someone else to do so, you must have a valid fishing license. This license must be renewed each year in order to be valid. Children 12 and under do not require a fishing license.

Do you sell fishing bait?

We do not sell any artificial or live bait at Higher Pursuits, so you will need to purchase bait before you arrive.

Do you allow alcohol?

State law does allow for paddlers to consume alcohol while on the river, but in 2016 a new regulation was passed by TWRA. This regulation prohibits the consumption of alcohol while on the gravel bars. You can possess alcohol but not consume it while on land. Higher Pursuits recommends that you do not consume alcohol while paddling, but if you or your group chooses to drink alcohol we ask that you drink in moderation, designate a non-drinking driver, and be respectful of other paddlers and the river. Please do not litter. State law does not allow consumption of alcohol at any of the boat ramps. Higher Pursuits does not allow consumption of alcohol on our property or in our vehicles. If you drink, drink responsibility, but again we recommend that you not drink while on the river.

Do you provide life jackets for children?
Yes. We have wide variety of personal floatation devices (life jackets) for children of most ages.

Do I have to wear my life jacket?

State law requires all children under the age of 13 to wear a life jacket at all times. Adults may choose not to wear their jacket, however we recommend that all paddlers wear their life jacket while paddling and playing in the river.

Do you take Credit Cards?

Yes. We take all major forms of credit cards (including American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa).

Do you sell ice?

We do normally have a couple of bags of ice available at the store, but do not keep a large volume of ice in stock

What else do you sell in your store?

We sell chips, sodas, water, jerky, and other snacks. We also have t-shirts, necklaces, stickers, sunglasses, Ice Mule Coolers, dry boxes for your phone, gift items, and basic paddling accessories.


Tips for Paddling

  • Always wear your life jacket!
  • Leave your valuables at home so you don’t lose them in the river. (such as rings, wallets, cell phones, necklaces, expensive eyeglasses)
  • Use a strap to secure eyeglasses or sunglasses.
  • Wear shoes that can get wet.
  • Don’t tie canoes together or grab other canoes.
  • Do not throw trash in the river or on the river bank. Bring a trash bag so you can pack up your trash.
  • Respect private property

What should I bring?

  • Water, Gatorade or other beverage to keep you hydrated.
  • Shoes that can get wet. We recommend tennis shoes or water shoes. Flip-flops generally do not stay on your feet and end up floating down the river.
  • Dry clothes and towel. We recommend that you leave these in your car so you have something dry to change into after your trip is over.
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Snack
  • Trash Bag
  • Comfortable clothing that can get wet and dry quickly.
  • For your convenience, we have a small store that sells water, sodas, snacks, ice cream and other items you may have forgotten for your trip.