Outfitters and Adventure Services
An outfitter is a place where you can rent or purchase canoes, kayaks, and related items such as paddles and safety equipment. In most cases, an outfitter will provide a shuttle service (and sometimes other transportation) between put-ins and take-outs along their respective river stretches. All are expert in the paddling opportunities in their areas and can warn of dangers where they exist. All can assist you on getting into the water at any level from beginner to expert. Outfitters are a good way to try a boat, even a different kind from the one you might already have, before you buy.
We recognize that with the growth of social media have appeared a lot of helpful information around individual and organized paddles that isn't operated as a business, but has the same effect. We are now including these web-based efforts as Adventure Services.
If you are traveling with no boat, want to add a person to your boat and need accessories, or just need transportation arrangements for your own equipment, call on our outstanding outfitters.
NOTE: there are many more places in Alabama that you can BUY paddling gear. The following is a list of the places that RENT gear and provide their customers with services—like shuttles—in most cases.
Important Information from Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Fishing licenses and fishing and hunting information (and much more). Resident and out of state visitors may register online here.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has a wealth of information here. A guide to many of the state’s rivers is here.
North Alabama—Tennessee River
Alabama Eco Edventures
5514 US Highway 31 S
Hartselle, AL 35640
Complete EcoTourism outfitters on the Tennessee River, Decatur area.
256-656-9209 or email@example.com. www.alabamaecoadventures.com.
North Alabama Canoe and Kayak (NACK)
1143 Moontown Road
Brownsboro Al 35741
Upper Flint River, Madison County. 256-529-0357.
Eagle Vision Outfitters
3967 County Road 42
Steele AL 35987
Liquid Logic demo center located in central and north Alabama (Decatur and Steele locations, servessand mountain streams, Locust Fork River, Little River Canyon, Sipsey River, Flint River and Bear Creeks). Mobile outfitting services available as well as gear at the river. Rotating stock on used gear and boats. Facebook: Eagle Vision Outfitters. 205-743-8866 Scott Chandler, 256-606-9556 Mike "Shaggy" Ward.
4309 Morrow Street
Guntersville, AL 35976
Lake Guntersville guide, instructor and rental offering personalized tours. Phil Walton. 256- 270-3080. 2941 Old Highway 431, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763.
Fort Hampton Outfitters on the Elk River
28890 Alabama Highway 127
Elkmont AL 35620
Access to the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail. Don Bowling. 256-431-8988.
Bear Creek Canoe Run
36676 US Highway 43
Hackleburg AL 35581
Recreational release of TVA water. 36676 US 43, Hackleburg, AL 35581. 205-993-4459
Riverside Fly Shop—Sipsey Fork
17027 Alabama Highway 69 S
Jasper AL 35504
Full service fly fishing shop and a paddle outfitter on the Sipsey Fork in Bremen Alabama. Owned and operated by Brandon and Mary Carole Jackson (both avid fishermen). Riverside has a wide array of fishing supplies from flies to fly tying material, rods to rod building, from felt sole boots to waders. Gift Certificates, flies (dozen or more), or accessories.
(256) 287-9582 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tallapoosa River Outfitters
9673 Alabama Highway 69 S
Heflin, AL 36264
256-239-6399. www.tallapoosariveroutfitters.com. email@example.com
Off The Beaten Path Alabama Kayak, Canoe and Tube Rentals
17 Dogwood Drive
Dadeville, AL 36853
Southern Canoe Outfitters
7439 Alabama Highway 9
Heflin, AL 36264
Serving the Tallapoosa River, Saugahatchee Creek, Hatchet Creek and Lake Martin areas. Guide and shuttle services available for single person or group trips. 334-703-2536.
Coosa Hiker Hostel
89 County Road 300
Rockford, AL 35136
Guided trips,lodging and shuttle service for the Hatchet and Weogufka Creek 256-786-0894. Visit us at www.coosahikerhostel.weebly.com for more information.
Redneck Yacht Club Canoe and Kayak Rental
3112 County Road 59
Piedmont, AL 36272
Campsites available now on Terrapin Creek. Developed campsites are $375.00/month. 256-447-8690 or 256-504-8690. Cabin rentals also available. 3112 County Road 59, Piedmont, Alabama 36272.
Terrapin Outdoor Center (Terrapin Creek)
4114 County Road 175
Piedmont, AL 36272
Sales and rental pf canoes and kayaks. Outfitter to groups of all kinds. 256-447-8383. 4114 County Rd. 175, Piedmont, AL 36272. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Wills Outfitters
Wesson Gap Road
Attalla, AL 35954
Wesson Gap Road, Gadsden. Canoe/kayak rentals, or a shuttle for your own boat. Scenic 6 mile float, and arrive back at your vehicle in a secure parking area with primitive camping. 256-438-7172.
9385 County Road 19
Thursday - Sunday rental hours 8-2
Put-in is just above the concrete dam below Ellisville and the takeout is about a mile before the Coosa.
Floating Fun LLC
2080 County Road 6
Wedowee, AL 36278
Tube the Choccolocco Creek near Anniston. Interstate 20, Exit 179, half mile south, turn left, half mile to 460 Bobwhite Drive, Oxford, AL. 256-589-4418. www.floatingfun.net.
One World Adventure
52 County Road 936
Mentone AL 35984
Lookout Mountain in Alabama. Paddle wild & scenic Little River, climb and rappel on sandstone bluffs, hike to historic locations. Desoto Falls boat shack open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-6:00, Sunday 1:00-5:00. 256-634-8370 Directions at http://goo.gl/maps/G4hqq Website www.oneworldadventureco.org
True Adventure Sports
13102 AL Hwy. 176
Fort Payne, AL 35967.
Serving the Alabama Scenic River Trail in the Little River area with a variety of outdoor activities. 256-997-9577. email@example.com. Information at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.trueadventuresports.com/.
North Central Alabama (near Birmingham)
Five Mile Creek Canoeing Company
PO Box 142
Brookside AL 35036
26 miles of some of spring and early summer canoeing and kayaking located within 20 minutes of downtown Birmingham. 205-674-9275. www.brooksidealabama.com, www.fivemilecreekpartnership.org.
Limestone Park. Tours, expeditions on the Little Cahaba and Cahaba Rivers.
205-926-9672. 1531 Limestone Pkwy., Brierfield, AL 35035.
Canoe the Cahaba
2370 County road 52
Helena AL 35080
Canoe the Cahaba offers a five mile trip that starts from Buck Creek and a 9.9 mile run on the Cahaba River. 205-874-5623. 2370 County Road 52, Helena, AL 35080.
Ski N Stuff
1021 Montgomery Hwy.
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.
UAB-University of Alabama Birmingham
c/o Bill Pierce
1720 Second Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35294
Backpacking, climbing, wild caving, canoeing. Service to the Cahaba as of 2015. Bill Pierce. 205-996-4914 www.uab.edu/campusrecreation/adventure-rec-home. email@example.com.
c/o Justin Atwell
Columbiana. Stand up paddle board company. Rent, instruct and sell boards.
River Beach Outfitters
2325 County Road 14
Snead, AL 35952
Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River (Blount County, near Oneonta) Kayak and canoe rentals with shuttle service for families, groups and individuals. Camping and fishing. 205-429-5455. www.riverbeachoutfitters.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
7944 Powers Jones road
Gardendale, AL 35071
A non-commercial, social media-based organization that schedules about ten canoe and kayak trips each year. Dan Fredericks 205/631-4680 to talk further about Southeastern Outings. Visit the SEO website for much more information and full trip schedule They sponsor highly successful joint outings with the friends of Moss Rock Preserve, the Birmingham Adventure Group, and the Friends of Moss Rock Preserve.
South Central Alabama (Montgomery area)
Coosa Outdoor Center
172 River Drive
Wetumpka, AL 36092
Boat rental and transportation between the Jordan Dam area and Selma, Alabama. Guides through famous Moccasin Gap.334-567-3788.
Coosa River Adventures
415 Company Street
Wetumpka, AL 36092.
Canoe or sit-on-top kayak and transportation to the launch site, paddles, and life jackets. Coosa River cliff walls, rock islands, and whitewater rapids.Guides through famous Moccasin Gap. 334 514-0279.
Delta Section/South Alabama
Orange Beach Wind and Water Training Center
26267 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL, 36561
Sailing and paddling opportunity and instruction. 251-424-5909.
Alabama Coastal Outdoors
Kayak Fishing, Kayak Touring, and Kayak Snorkeling Charter. 251-554-0090. alabamacoastaloutdoors.com.
WildNative Delta Safaris
c/o Five Rivers Delta Resource Center
30841 5 Rivers Boulevard
Spanish fort AL 36527
Guided Kayak Tours include Bon Secour River, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and dolphin watching tours in Wolf Bay. Tours offered year round. Motor boat tours also available. (251) 272-4088, P.O. Box 7164, Spanish Fort, AL 36577 www.WildNativeTours.com
Sunshine Canoe Rentals
324 Pineview Lane West
Mobile AL 36608
Upper and lower delta adventures including the Bartram Canoe Trail. Also operates an outfitters on the secluded Escapawpa blackwater river with its magnificent sandbars on the Alabama-Mississippi line west of Mobile. 251-344-8664 or 251-367-4144.
Escatawpa Hollow Campground and Canoe Rental
15551 Moffett Road
Wilmer AL 36587
On the secluded Escapawpa blackwater river with its magnificent sandbars on the Alabama-Mississippi line west of Mobile
Ike's Beach Service, Inc.
Beach chairs, umbrellas, full size cribs and beach wheelchairs, kayaks, high chairs, beach bikes, and parasailing. 251-948-3757.
Go Go Kayaks
800 West Beach Boulevard
Gulf Shores, AL 36542.
Daily, weekly kayak rentals and stand up paddle boards. 921 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542. 251-752-5500.
Gulf shores Beach Rentals
3873 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf shores AL 36542
Deliver beach chairs, umbrellas, tents, kayaks, baby equipment, groceries, bicycles, grills and much more. Sailing charters. 888-896-9854, 251-609-4577.
Coastal Kayak Excursions LLC
18743 Keller Road
Foley AL 36535
Dolphins and scenery on a 40' pontoon boat in Wolf Bay. Family-oriented and provides each guest individual attention. 251-253-2430.
Holmes Creek Canoe Livery and Water Park
State Road 79
Serves the Choctawhachee River in the area near Vernon, Florida up to or beyond the Alabama-Florida line on the Choctawhachee and Holmes Creek between Ozark Alabama and Choctawhachee Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. Water park is free with canoe rentals. Zip line. Guided River Swamp Tours for hunting, fishing and photography. Guides available. Drop off and pick up services. State Road 79 in Vernon, Florida. 850-210-7001. www.HolmesCreekCanoeLivery.com or www.WaltonOutdoors.com.
17 Turtles Outfitters
850 Sea Cliff Drive
Fairhope AL 36532
Serves the Baldwin/Mobile county area and will to drive up to 60 miles to meet you at your chosen launch site. Will transport boats and equipment. Visit 17 Turtles' website at http://17turtlesoutfitters.org 251-928-8623.
Southeast/Cental Coastal Alabama
Pea River Outdoors (Enterprise area)
331 Old Samson Road
Elba, Alabama 36323
Rivers Edge Campground: East Fork of the Choctawhatchee
7237 County Road 567 North
Midland City, AL 36350
334 714 6703, 334 714 6941
Canoeing, kayaking, tubing and camping.