Kayak and Canoe Rentals
The Higher Pursuits Duck River Canoe Base is located just minutes from downtown Columbia, TN and features kayak and canoe rentals on the beautiful and scenic Duck River.
The Duck River winds its way through Maury County, the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area and the Duck River State Natural Area. The Duck River was designated as a state scenic river and blue way because of its diverse wildlife and historic mill sites. This makes all our routes feel remote and unobstructed by houses and roads.
We offer two paddling routes on the Duck River: 5.5 mile and 8.5 mile. There are gorgeous gravel bars, rock bluffs and beautiful scenery throughout. The 5.5 mile route is an easygoing Class I with very few swift spots (this is the route we recommend for first time paddlers, large groups or groups with young kids). The 8.5 mile route has a few spots that require you to be able to maneuver your boat to avoid an obstacle. At certain water levels this route is closed. The decision to open or close the 8.5 mile route is made daily based on the current water conditions and weather.
For 2021, we will continue the social distancing measures and equipment cleansing we implemented in 2020 until we receive notice through the state or CDC guidelines that these measures are no longer needed. Below is a summary of the measures we are taking to continue to protect our staff and customers from COVID-19:
- It is our goal to transport only your group in a vehicle.
- Bring a mask, neck gaiter, or bandana for each person in your group to wear while in the office and riding in our vehicles. Our staff will also wear masks while in the vehicle with you or in close proximity to others.
- We have a cleaning protocols in place for our buildings, equipment, lifejackets, and outhouses
- Make your reservation online. This limits your time in the office during check-in and allows us to monitor how many people are arriving at the canoe base.
- If you do not feel well, stay home. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, stay home. You will receive a refund or be able to reschedule.
- It is our hope that these restrictions will be modified or dropped by summer.
How to make a reservation
We recommend making your kayak or canoe reservation online to ensure boat availability. If you have your own canoe or kayak and just need a shuttle, we also recommend making a reservation online. we have limited spaces for personally owned boats, especially on the weekends.
Pick Your Route
5.5 Mile – Cheeks Bend Route – takes approximately 3 to 5 hours depending on the water level and paddling speed.
8.5 Mile – Carpenter Bridge Route – takes approximately 5 to 7 hours, cost is $5 more per boat or shuttle. There is a group size limit of 12 for this route with limited drop off times.
Pick your Boat Type
- Basic Kayak – two styles available
- Premium Kayak
- Basic Two Person Kayak
- Premium Two Person Kayak
- Shuttle for your own boat
Pick your Date and Time
Call for same day reservations.
If one of the boats you have selected is not available the date will be grayed out. Try choosing a different boat type.
Typically in the summertime our weekend sells out one to two weeks in advance.
There is a detailed list of our seasonal hours at our Hours of Operation Page.
At the end of your reservation there is an option to let us know if you are paddling with a group or a comments box to let us know any special needs your group has or other information we might need to know.
You are required to prepay for your reservation, but can make any changes or cancellations up to 24 hours in advance of your trip for a full refund.
For same day reservations please call us at 931-840-8575. We accept cash or all major credits cards. On busy weekends, booking online is your fastest check-in method and ensures boat availability.
Cheeks Bend Route
- Basic Kayak: $30 per kayak
- Premium Kayak: $40 per kayak
- Canoe Rental: $45 per canoe
- Basic Tandem Kayak (two person): $45 per tandem
- Premium Tandem Kayak: $55 per tandem
- Shuttle for your own canoe and kayak: $15 per boat
Carpenter Bridge Route
- $5 more per boat or shuttle
- Group Size Limit: 10 people
- Limited drop off times (Hours of Operation)
What is Included? All rental prices include paddles, lifejacket, shuttle to the put-in and shuttle from the take-out
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 used in your online booking and give you the option to reschedule or provide a full refund.
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. Please visit our frequently asked questions page for additional information. All minors under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age.
Type of Boats We Rent
When you make your reservation online you can pick one of these two kayak types. During your reservation process online, if the date is “greyed” out then we are probably sold out of a specific model and you will need to look for a different style kayak in the basic line up. Feel free to call us if you need assistance.
Basic Kayak – Sit-on-Top
We have two types of basic sit-on-top kayaks. The Jackson Riviera and Crescent Splashback feature a comfortable molded seat, room for a small cooler behind the seat. Both boats are very stable, easy to paddle and easy to control on the water. The exact sit-on-top you get on the day of rental will depend on what is available.
Basic Kayak – Jackson Tripper
Our most stable kayak. Lots of room for a dog or a young child (typically 3 years old to 7 years old) to sit in the kayak with you. Easy to get in and out of. Although the Jackson Tripper is technically considered a sit inside kayak, it features a spacious interior with lots of leg room for tall folks or for the paddler that needs just a little more room and stability.
We also offer a premium level of kayaks for rental. This year we are offering a 10 foot model and a 12 foot model. We also have one Jackson Bite if you need the additional room or stability. These are very comfortable sit-on-top kayaks with a stadium style seat. They feature a spacious deck, lots of storage and a very comfortable seat.
Premium 10 foot Sit-on-top kayaks
Premium 12 foot Sit-on-top kayaks
What makes it a premium kayak?
When you make your reservation, let us know if you have a preferred model and we will do our best to reserve that specific boat for you.
Tandem Kayaks are two person kayaks. We now have two Tandem Kayak choices – the basic tandem and our new premium tandem kayak.
Basic Tandem Kayak
The basic tandem kayak has two molded in seats with a small space in the back of the kayak for a bag or small cooler. The Jackson Riviera Tandem is a super stable kayak and the molded seats are more comfortable than you might think. 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
Premium Tandem Kayak
New for 2021, our premium tandem kayak features two comfortable frame seats that allows you to paddle the kayak solo, with two people, or even turn the front seat around so you can see the other paddler. It is extremely stable and has a high weight capacity (600 lbs) so it can easily hold two adults and a child. It has a larger space behind the seat for a cooler or whatever you need to bring with you for the day.
Premium Tandem Kayak Features:
We rent the Mad River Journey 156 canoes. These are stable canoes with plenty of room to put a child in the middle of canoe or for your gear or cooler. 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
Higher Pursuits offers kids kayaks so that families can begin to introduce kids to the joy of paddling their own boat in a kayak that is sized for them. Kids come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes they grew over the winter and are ready for a smaller adult kayak. Either way, we can help your family decide if a kids kayak is the best option or if your child is ready for a small adult kayak.
When you book online, reserve a basic sit-on-top kayak and then at the end of your reservation make a comment that you may need a kids kayak.