Information for Group Leaders

Kayak/Canoe Rentals


Paddling is a great way to relax with any group of people and can provide a great day of fun on the river.

Planning a trip for a group is a lot of work, so Higher Pursuits has developed some helpful hints and tools for group leaders in order to assist with the preparation for your trip. If you have any questions about your trip, feel free to call (931) 840-8575 or email us at

If you are a tax exempt group you will need to bring your Tax Exempt form the day of your trip so we can keep it on file.  To make your check in go faster the day of your trip, have your group members fill out a copy of our our release form Download our Release Form . You will need one form for each person including one per child.

Planning your Trip

Canoe the Duck River
Canoes on a gravel bar
  • How many total people (including children) will be in your group?
  • Number of canoes? Number of Kayaks?
  • How many people are bringing their own boats?
  • What time do you want to meet at the canoe base?
  • Do you want a guided or unguided trip? If you want a guided please visit our guided trip information page for additional details on guided trips.
  • Identify which group members want to paddle a canoe or kayak. Ask your group if anyone plans to bring their own canoe or kayak, so we can leave space on the trailer.
  • Reserve a date as far in advance as possible with an anticipated number of boats. One week before your trip call Higher Pursuits to confirm the final number of canoes and kayaks.
  • Tax Exempt groups must bring a copy of their Tennessee State Tax Exempt form in order to receive the tax exemption.
  • All group members must complete a Higher Pursuits Release, Hold Harmless agreement. We are required to collect one form per person (this includes all ages) and cannot have multiple group members sign the same release form. For group members under the age of 18 years old, their parent or guardian must sign their release form as well. Completing these forms in advance will shorten your check-in time.
  • Download our Release Form
  • For unguided group trips, Higher Pursuits has created a participant letter that can be sent to your group members, It includes our contact information, suggested packing list, helpful tips, and directions to the canoe base.
  • Download the Unguided Participant Letter

For Boy Scout Troops, Girl Scout Troops or American Heritage Girl Troops:

Cave on the Duck River
Cave on Cheeks Bend Route

Higher Pursuits is committed to supporting our Boy Scout Troops, Girl Scout Troops and American Heritage Girls troops. We can provided either guided trips or you can simply rent boats at our special rate for these groups.

On guided trips, we can provide most of the instruction needed to complete the canoeing badge for your troop. When you make your reservation let us know if you want to complete a badge and we can discuss what parts we can complete in a single day of instruction. Our lead guides are both Level 3 – River Canoeing Instructor certified through the American Canoe Association.

If you are able to car pool that is always helpful since parking is limited at the canoe base.

Our guided trips must be scheduled in advance and are subject to the availability of a guide.

Cost for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girl Troops

Canoes: $30 per canoe (limit 3 people per boat)

Kayaks: $20 per kayak (single kayaks)

Tandem Kayaks: $30 per tandem kayak (two person kayak)

$10 to move your own boats

If you want a guide it will be an additional $50 for the guide fee.

Please bring a copy of your tax exempt form for our files.

Typical timeline for a troop completing a canoe badge:

  • 9 am – meet at canoe base
  • 9 am to 10 am – Overview of trip, instructional time at canoe base, select lifejackets, and final trip arrangements
  • 10 am to 10:30 – Move to river and unload equipment
  • 10:30 to 3 pm or 3:30 – Paddle, lunch, instruction, breaks throughout the day
  • 3:30 to 4:30 – Return to canoe base, change clothes, depart