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Show me and I may remember,
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The Higher Pursuits Duck River Canoe Base is located just minutes from downtown Columbia, TN and features canoe and kayak trips 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. This makes all our routes feel remote and unobstructed by houses and roads. There are gorgeous gravel bars, rock bluffs and beautiful scenery throughout. All of our paddling routes are an easygoing Class I with very few swift spots. We offer several paddling routes.
The Duck River was designated as a state scenic river and blue way because of its diverse wildlife and historic mill sites. To learn more about this unique and beautiful river visit our Duck River Information page.
Our canoe and kayak rentals feature quality boats, exceptional service and a family friendly atmosphere.
To speed up your check-in at the canoe base, you can download our Release Form and complete it ahead of time. You will need one release form for each person in your group (including one for each child). If you have participant under the age of 18, they will need a parent or guardian to sign their release form ahead of time.
We recommend calling ahead for reservations in order to ensure boat availability.
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
We accept cash or all major credits cards. On busy weekends, cash is your fastest form of payment.
We offer two routes on the Duck River: our most popular route of 5.5 miles and our longer route of 8.5 miles. Visit our route descriptions to read more about each route and determine which route works best for you and your group.
For Group Leaders: visit our group leader information page for pricing, release forms, and information for your group's trip.
If you are looking to improve your paddling skills, we offer canoe and kayak classes by skilled and experienced instructors. Check out our upcoming classes for 2018.
We welcome fisherman and can accommodate an early drop off or pick up if you call a few days in advance. The Duck River features wonderful fishing for Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Blue Gill, and other Black Bass species. You will need to have a current Tennessee fishing license with you if you are fishing or assisting others with fishing. Here is a great guide to the fish that live in Tennessee Waterways: TN Fish Guide.
In addition to renting canoes for fishing, we also rent Fishing Kayaks ($50 rental fee) and are a Jackson Kayak Dealer and a Perception Kayak Dealer.
Higher Pursuits offers a 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. Below is a picture and description of the types of kayaks we rent. When you make your reservation, let us know if you would like to reserve a particular kayak model.
Comfortable and light-weight Sit Inside kayak. It is stable, turns easily and is a great choice for both novice and experienced paddlers. This is a great choice for kids as well because it is so lightweight and narrow enough for most 10 year olds to reach the water with the paddle.
Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
The Jackson Riviera is a sit on top kayak with a deceptively comfortable molded seat. It is a very stable boat that turns on a dime and can take you anywhere on the river that you want to go. One of our most popular rental boats.
Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
The Tripper 12 was also very popular last year with our paddlers that needed to put a child or pet in the boat with them. It is a very stable boat and features a large, open cockpit allowing more room for gear or a child. It also features the Jackson Elite Seat. It's open design makes it easier to get in and out of the boat. This boat also has the highest weight capacity of our fleet. We have a limited number of Trippers available so when you make your reservation let us know if we need to hold one for you.
Weight Capacity: 375 lbs
The Jackson Riviera Tandem is a two person kayak that is incredibly stable and easy to paddle. 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. The Riviera tandem rents for the same price as a canoe, $45 for the boat.
Weight Capacity: 450 lbs
The Jackson Mini Tripper is specially made for kids. It is a narrow boat the allows kids to reach the water, but is incredibly fast and stable. It's open design helps first time paddlers feel comfortable in the kayak and allows them their own storage space for their gear. We recommend this boat for kids 8 years and up. The perception impulse also works well for kids as they grow out of the mini.
Weight Capacity: 120 lbs
This modest sized, light-weight, recreational boat makes it the perfect choice for smaller paddlers seeking feature rich options at an affordable price. With a focus on comfort, the Prodigy XS incorporates the Zone EXP Back Band with a Zone Seat Pad plus Zone Knee Pads for even more comfort and control!
Weight Capacity: 150 lbs
We have a limited number of fishing kayaks available so reservations are required. We normally have two per model type. Also, any of our fishing demo kayaks are available for rental, but we only have one of each model so reservations are required.
Jackson's best ‘moving water’ fishing kayak. The Coosa is made to cater to the river angler. It is small enough to get into tight places, but stable enough for standing. It is an ideal kayak for rivers, creeks, small lakes and ponds. It's hull design makes it easy to turn and get into tight places.
Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
This ‘heavy duty’ fishing craft boasts amped up specs/features and is slightly longer and wider than the original Coosa; this makes it even more stable and a perfect fit for anglers of all sizes or those who are really looking for a stand up fishing kayak. The hull is still river friendly, but the HD will track truer on the flat waters of lakes or inshore saltwater.
Weight Capacity: 425 lbs
The Liska is the modern version of our best-selling Cuda series. Wider, more stable and updated with features that novice kayak anglers are looking for ... and experienced anglers demand. Versatile inshore/lake kayak fishing platform, the Liska uses the same Hi-Lo trimmable seating as the Cuda HD and MayFly. Track systems on the gunnels and large stern storage area add the functionality lacking in the original Cudas. New, narrow hinging center hatch with molded-in tackle storage and fishfinder battery compartment allow convenient storage without cramping standing area. Molded-in handle on the stern for ease of transport. Wider hull creates a more stable standing platform than the original Cuda, meaning it is better suited to larger paddlers, beginners, and more gear.
Weight Capacity: 350 lbs