There is nothing like fresh air and a day on the river to help you relax and unwind. Just minutes from Columbia, you can enjoy the wilderness setting of the historic and biologically diverse Duck River. So, turn off your cell phone and take time to enjoy the natural beauty of the Duck River on one of our guided trips.

Higher Pursuits offers several guided trips throughout the summer including a Sunset Floats, Wildlife Observation Tours, Fall paddling Trips, and other guided trips on sections of the river we do not normally provide service on.  Each trip is led by an experienced Lead Guide and Assistant Guide.

Watch our facebook page for new trips throughout the paddling season.

guided trips on the Duck River

Sunset Paddle on the Duck River

See the sights and sounds of the river at sunset and into twilight

Overview: This guided trip starts just a couple of hours before sunset so that participants can view the changes on the river as the sun goes down and the moon rises. After enjoying sunset, participants will complete the paddle during twilight and early evening.  Higher Pursuits will provide a lead and assistant guide for this trip as well as lights for the boats.

Trip Times:

  • 5 pm: Meet at Higher Pursuits and discuss the trip plan
  • 5:30 pm: Launch from Leftwich Bridge
  • 5:30 pm to 9 pm: Paddle at twilight and watch the sunset. We will provide lights for each boat.
  • 9 pm to 9:30 pm: Finish trip at Howards Bridge Boat Ramp.
  • Our goal is to be off the water and back to the canoe base no later than 10 pm.

About the Trip:

  • Sign up Online or feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 12 years old and up
  • We will provide lights for each boat, but you are welcome to bring a white light of your own.
  • Bring plenty of water or hydrating beverages. Alcohol is not permitted on guided trips.
  • We recommend shoes that will stay on your feet (flip-flops tend to fall off in the water and float away)
  • We suggest bringing a jacket in case you get cold once the sun sets
  • All participants must wear their lifejacket (PFD) while on our guided trips..
  • Maximum: 10 participants
  • Minimum: 4 participants

2022 Sunset Paddle Dates:

We plan to offer sunset paddling trips in 2022 but are still working on our calendar.


  • $65 per person (Includes kayak or canoe rental)
  • $45 per person if you have your own kayak (includes boat shuttle)

Additional Information about guided trips

Custom guided trips are available with a minimum of four participants and if we have a guide available. Typically, custom guided trips are not available on the weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day due to the high volume of rental customers and require at least a two weeks’ notice to determine with we have a guide available for your trip. If you would like additional information about scheduling a custom guided trip, please complete the below request for information and our staff will contact you to discuss trip options.

  • Higher Pursuits reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any trip due to inclement weather or unsafe water conditions.
  • If Higher Pursuits cancels a trip, you will be given an option of rescheduling for another trip or receive a full refund.
  • Higher Pursuits requires that ALL PARTICIPANTS wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) at all times during our guided trips.
  • Use of alcohol is not permitted at any time on our guided trips.