Information for Group Leaders

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 for group leaders in order to assist with the preparation for your trip. If you have any questions about your trip, feel free to contact us.

Higher Pursuits offers online booking, this is the most efficient way to make your reservation. You do prepay for your reservation but can make any changes or cancellations up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. This allows you to select specific boats and routes for your group. Some groups prefer to tell their group members the date and time of the trip and let each individual or family make their own reservations.

If you are a tax exempt group we can provide a tax exempt code for your online booking. 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

  • How many total people (including children) will be in your group?
  • Number of canoes? Number of Kayaks? Number of Two Person Kayaks?
  • How many people are bringing their own boats?
  • What time do you want to meet at the canoe base?
  • Which route do you want to paddle? Most groups choose the 5.5 mile Cheeks Bend Route. It is a great route for beginner paddlers and experienced paddlers and has the best launch sites for a larger group.
  • Tax Exempt groups must bring a copy of their Tennessee State Tax Exempt form in order to receive the tax exemption.
  • Please carpool as much as possible, we have limited parking available so it is helpful to have groups carpool.
  • 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
Guided Trips
Group on the Cheeks Bend Route
paddling the Duck River
Kayaks on a gravel bar on the Duck River

Scout Troops or American Heritage Girl Troops:

  • How many total people (including children) will be in your group?
  • Number of canoes? Number of Kayaks? Number of Two Person Kayaks?
  • How many people are bringing their own boats?
  • What time do you want to meet at the canoe base?
  • 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
Cheeks Bend Route
Learn to Kayak
Kayaking Class on the River

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

  • Canoes: $30 per canoe (limit 3 people per boat) / $35 per canoe for Saturday Trips
  • Kayaks: $20 per kayak (single kayaks) / $25 per kayak for Saturday Trips
  • Tandem Kayaks: $30 per tandem kayak (two person kayak) / $35 per tandem for Saturday Trips
  • Shuttle your own boat: $10 per boat
  • If you want a guide it will be an additional $50 per guide. For guided trips we must maintain a 1:6 adult to child ratio, with one guide for every 10 people.
  • During the summer months (Memorial Day to Labor Day), guided trips are only available during the week.
  • 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