Higher Pursuits

Higher Pursuits is located near Columbia, TN and offers a wide array of water-based adventures. We provide kayak rentals, canoe rentals, paddling classes, and guided trips on the Duck River.

In 1998, Higher Pursuits started providing teambuilding programs in Middle Tennessee as well as guided canoe trips. In 2009, as the economy shifted, we needed to reevaluate our business and expand our operation. At this time, we began building the canoe base and offering kayak and canoe rentals.  We selected the Duck River because of its amazing diversity of wildlife and the beauty of the section of Duck River that flows through Maury County. Our Higher Pursuits Canoe base started with a love for the river and a passion for paddling and then built from there.

Our goal is connect you with the natural wonder of the river while providing great service, quality equipment and a family friendly environment.

We offer a wide selection of kayaks as well as two-person kayaks and canoes. Our paddling route flows through the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area and is great for all ability levels and ages 3 and up. Learn more about our paddling route.

paddling the Duck River
Kayaks on the Duck River

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The section of the Duck River that we operate on is part of the Duck River Blueway and is 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, beavers, muskrats and river otters. In the water there are over 100 species of fish and thousands of freshwater mussels. The Duck River is designated as a freshwater mussel sanctuary.

In addition to the rental operation, we also provide outdoor education classes for both paddling skills and outdoor skills as well as guided trips. If you are a boy scout, girl scout or American Heritage Girls troop leader visit our Scout Leaders page to learn more about our program offerings.

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Higher Pursuits is a proud member of the America Outdoors Association, American Canoe Association and the Tennessee Paddlesports Association.

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