3114 Cheeks Bend Rd
Columbia, TN 38401

"Tell me and I will forget,
Show me and I may remember,
Involve me and I will understand."

Spring Hours Summer Hours September Hours October Hours Winter Hours
Apr 7 - May 20, 2018 May 21 - Sep 3, 2018 Sep 4 - Sep 30, 2018 Oct 1 - Oct 21, 2018 Oct 21 - Spring 2019
Mon - Fri: Closed
Sat - Sun: 8 am to 5 pm
Last Drop Off: 12:30 pm
Mon - Fri: 9 am to 6 pm
Sat - Sun: 8 am to 6 pm
Last Drop Off: 1:00 pm
Mon - Fri: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 8 am to 5:30 pm
Last Drop Off: 12:30 pm
Mon - Thurs: Closed
Fri - Sat - Sun: 8 am to 5 pm
Last Drop Off: 12:00 pm
Closed for Rentals
Sale and Demo of Kayaks
By Appointment
Sale and Demo of Jackson Kayaks and Perception Kayaks Available Year Round by Appointment

Gifts Cards

Gift Cards
Mad River Canoe

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of canoes do you rent?
Higher Pursuits uses two different models of canoe made by Mad River Canoe. We have several Explorer 14TT, which are 14.5 foot polyethylene canoes that are extremely durable and their short length make them easy to maneuver. We also have the Journey Model which is a 15.5 foot polyethylene canoe. The longer length makes it great for families, but still has a short enough length to be easily maneuvered. Both models are stable boats that are great for paddlers of all levels.
How many people do you allow in a canoe?
We recommend that only two adults paddle in canoe. However, families can place one to two children in the middle of canoe.
What if I have my own canoe or kayak?
Higher Pursuits welcomes paddlers that have their own canoes or kayaks. We charge a $10 per boat shuttle fee ($20 minimum fee). When you arrive at the canoe base we can discuss the best way to shuttle your equipment.
rental kayaks
Do you rent kayaks?
Yes, Higher Pursuits offers a wide variety of kayaks for rental. When you arrive at our location we will walk you through the types of boats available and help you choose a boat that will best fit your needs. We mostly use the Jackson Recreational kayaks but also have several Perception models available as well. A description of our current rental kayaks is available on our Canoe and Kayak Rental Page.
Do you rent 2 person kayaks?
Tandem kayaks Available for Rent
Yes, Higher Pursuits has a limited number of two person kayaks (tandem kayaks). These two person kayaks look just like the Riviera but with two seats. They are a great option of groups that want to kayak but do not want to paddle by themselves. The two person kayaks have also been very popular with families. An adult sits in the back of the kayak and a child sits in the front seat.
Do you allow fishing?
Fishing is allowed on the Duck River. If you take fish or attempt to take fish (including crayfish) by any method or if you assist someone else to do so, you must have a valid fishing license. This license must be renewed each year in order to be valid. Children 12 and under do not require a fishing license.
Do you sell fishing bait?
We do not sell any artificial or live bait at Higher Pursuits, so you will need to purchase bait before you arrive.
Do you allow alcohol?
State law does allow for paddlers to consume alcohol while on the river, but in 2016 a new regulation was passed by TWRA. This regulation prohibits the consumption of alcohol while on the gravel bars. You can possess alcohol but not consume it while on land. Higher Pursuits recommends that you do not consume alcohol while paddling, but if you or your group chooses to drink alcohol we ask that you drink in moderation, designate a non-drinking driver, and be respectful of other paddlers and the river. Please do not litter. State law does not allow consumption of alcohol at any of the boat ramps. Higher Pursuits does not allow consumption of alcohol on our property or in our vehicles. If you drink, drink responsibility, but again we recommend that you not drink while on the river.
Do you provide life jackets for children?
Yes. We have wide variety of personal floatation devices (life jackets) for children of most ages.
Wear Your Lifejacket!
Do I have to wear my life jacket?
State law requires all children under the age of 13 to wear a life jacket at all times. Adults may choose not to wear their jacket, however we recommend that all paddlers wear their life jacket while paddling and playing in the river.
Do you take Credit Cards?
Yes. We take all major forms of credit cards (including American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa).
Do you sell ice?
We do normally have a couple of bags of ice available at the store, but do not keep a large volume of ice in stock.
Our Shop
What else do you sell in your store?
We sell chips, sodas, water, jerky, and other snacks. We also have t-shirts, necklaces, gift items, kayak fishing accessories, paddles, and basic paddling accessories.

Tips for Paddling

  1. Always wear your life jacket!
  2. Leave your valuables at home so you don't lose them in the river. (such as rings, wallets, cell phones, necklaces, expensive eyeglasses)
  3. Use a strap to secure eyeglasses or sunglasses.
  4. Wear shoes that can get wet.
  5. Don't tie canoes together or grab other canoes.
  6. Do not throw trash in the river or on the river bank.  Bring a trash bag so you can pack up your trash.
  7. Respect private property

What should I bring?

  1. Water, Gatorade or other beverage to keep you hydrated.
  2. Shoes that can get wet. We recommend tennis shoes or water shoes.  Flip-flops generally do not stay on your feet and end up floating down the river.
  3. Dry clothes and towel. We recommend that you leave these in your car so you have something dry to change into after your trip is over.
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Bug Spray
  6. Hat and sunglasses
  7. Snack
  8. Trash Bag
  9. Comfortable clothing that can get wet and dry quickly.

For your convenience, we have a small store that sells water, sodas, snacks, ice cream and other items you may have forgotten for your trip.