Guided Trips

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.

Higher Pursuits offers several guided trips throughout the summer including a Guided Nature tour, Sunset Floats, Fall paddling Trips, and 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.

Above and Below the Duck River

An exploration of the amazing biodiversity of the Duck River

The Duck River is just over 270 miles in length and meanders it way through Middle Tennessee. It is one of the longest rivers contained entirely within the Tennessee borders and showcases scenic pastoral lands, steep rock cliffs, and forested banks. As one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America, the Duck River contains over 500 species of aquatic plants, fish and invertebrates. This includes over 60 species of mussels, 151 fish species, and 22 aquatic snail species.

Our lead guide is Mandy Carter-Lowe, an Associate Professor of Biology at Columbia State Community College. Mandy holds a bachelors degree in biology and chemistry from Murray State University and a Master's in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to her experience in academics, Mandy is an experienced paddler and previously worked at Henry Horton State Park conducting nature programming that included canoe trips and interpretive programs. Her time with the state parks taught her that the natural world is meant to be observed and enjoyed and teaching does not have to be limited to the classroom.

This guided trip is designed to explore the wonderful diversity of wildlife that live above and below the Duck River. There are freshwater mussels, birds, and other aquatic life that we will explore throughout the day.

Requirements:

  • Sign up below or call us at 931-840-8575 if you have any questions
  • Class Times: Arrive at 8 am at Higher Pursuits for a brief introduction. The class will paddle the 5.5 mile section of the Duck River. We anticipate that you will arrive back at Higher Pursuits around 2 to 3 pm.
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 12 years old and up
  • Bring a lunch packed in a zip lock and plenty of water
  • Wear closed toe shoes that will stay on your feet
  • All participants must wear their lifejacket (PFD) while on our guided trips.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on guided trips.
  • Maximum: 10 participants
  • Minimum: 4 participants

2018 Dates for Above and Below the Duck - Guided Trips:

  • June 29 - Start Time 8 am
  • Jul 12 - Start Time 8 am
  • Jul 24- Start Time 8 am
  • Aug 10 - Start Time 8 am

Cost:

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

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Exploring Cedar Creek
Bald Eagle on the Duck River

Sunset Paddle on the Duck River

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

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.

Requirements:

  • Sign up below or call us at 931-840-8575 if you have any questions
  • Class Times: See arrival time for each date. Each trip will last approximately 3 to 4 hours
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 12 years old and up
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Wear closed toe shoes that will stay on your feet
  • All participants must wear their lifejacket (PFD) while on our guided trips.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on guided trips.
  • Maximum: 10 participants
  • Minimum: 4 participants

2018 Sunset Paddle Dates:

  • July 26 - Start Time 5 pm
  • Aug 24 - Start Time 4:30 pm
  • Sep 24- Start Time 4 pm

Cost:

  • $65 per person (Includes kayak rental)
  • $45 per person if you have your own kayak (includes boat shuttle)
Sunset on the River
Blue Heron on the bank of the river

Guided Fishing Trips

Improve your kayak fishing skills and learn how to set up your fishing kayak

Our guided fishing trips have a limit of two participants so our experienced fishing guide can focus on helping you learn how to set up your fishing kayak, how to fish from a kayak, where to fish on moving water, selecting bait or lures, and how to find the fish. Your trip includes the rental of a Jackson Fishing Kayak of your choice, fishing rod to use during the trip,fishing lures for the day, guide service, lifejacket, and shuttle service to and from the river.

Requirements:

  • Sign up below or call us at 931-840-8575 if you have any questions
  • Start Time can vary: Each trip will last approximately 4 to 5 hours
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 12 years old and up
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Wear closed toe shoes that will stay on your feet
  • All participants must wear their lifejacket (PFD) while on our guided trips.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on guided trips.
  • Maximum: 2 participants
  • Minimum: 1 participant

Available dates for guided fishing trips:

  • Call to schedule a trip and confirm availability of our guide

Cost:

  • $100 per person (Includes fishing kayak rental)
  • $65 per person if you have your own kayak (includes boat shuttle)

Additional Information about guided trips

    • 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 floatation device (lifejacket) at all times.
    • Use of alcohol is not permitted at any time.

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