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.
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.
North Alabama—Tennessee River
Alabama Eco Edventures
Let Alabama Eco Adventures take care of the details. If you have any questions, give us a call or email. We will be glad to answer any questions and assist you. On the day of the trip you will meet at the put-in (starting point) which we will send directions to you when you register for you trip.
We'd like to know your experience level so we can better plan and make suggestions for your trip. What are your interests?--photography, bird watching, fishing, etc. You do not need to be an expert canoeist or a great outdoor person to enjoy a canoe trip. Don't miss a chance to explore the great outdoors because you are not in good shape. Our guides will go at your pace, so you can enjoy the trip the way you want.
Alabama Eco Adventures will supply you with most everything you need for a canoe/kayaking camping trip. All our trips are customed tailored for you.
Complete Outfitted Trips - we provide an experienced guide (certified in Swift Water Rescue, CPR and First Aid), canoes/kayaks, life jackets, paddles, tents, and great meals on the river. You just bring your personal gear. We also rent sleeping bags, pads, dry bags, dry boxes and other gear if needed.
Partial Outfitted Trips - we provide canoes, pfd's, paddles, and an experienced guide for your group.
Canoe rentals are 50.00 per day, Kayak rentals are 35.00 to 45.00 per day.
Shuttle services are 5.00 to 20.00 per person depending on location.
Guided day trips range from 10.00 to 50.00 per person depending on length and location.
Overnight trips range from 20.00 to 100.00 per person per day depending on location.
Discounts available for multi-day trips and large groups.
Call or email for group pricing and details.
256-656-9209 or email@example.com.
North Alabama Canoe and Kayak (NACK) Upper Flint River, Madison County
256 529 0357
Canoes and Kayaks—multiple brand and styles to choose from. Cost of trip includes boat, paddles, PFD and shuttle. $45 per person for a single boat or $35/person for a two-person boat. Group prices available Monday through Thursday for 12 or more people. Tubes $20/person, appointment needed. Shuttle, $15/person.
Floats are on the Flint River. One, 3, and 4.5 hour floats available. Night floats every Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. $30/person.
Hampton Cove Kayak Adventures (HCKA) Lower Flint River, Madison County
HCKA is located at 7269 Hwy 431 South and is less than one mile from the Flint River. Its less than a quarter mile south of Hays Nature preserve. We are a kayak and canoe rental business that provides a chance to get out of the house and take a trip down the peaceful Flint River. Currently open Friday thru Sunday from 8 to 4. We will open during the week for groups of 10 or more by appointment. David Harris and Rodney Bodine. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
UnPhiltered Kayaking will provide safe and thorough instruction for beginners and for those who currently kayak we will provide advanced instruction to improve your skill sets and confidence in any conditions you may encounter. We offer 1/2 and full day trips, as well as weekend trips to locations in central and northern Alabama and southern and eastern Tennessee. Customized trips are available as well as one-on-one instruction.
We are surrounded by some truly beautiful, breathtaking scenery and wildlife, and want you to experience all that this region has to offer. Visualize watching Bald Eagles and Osprey diving down into the water to gather their meals. Blue Heron, Egrets, fishing along the banks of the river. Otter, beaver, and muskrat playing in the water near you, as you sit motionless. Coyote, raccoons, deer, browsing the shoreline. This is a sport that anyone, regardless of age or skill set can come to love. There is excitement for all the senses and physical benefits that can last a lifetime.
Check out the great overnight opportunities at the website.
UnPhiltered Kayaking L.L.C.
115 T.E.Mckinney Circle
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
For email, you must use the form on the website (link above in listing title).
Fort Hampton Outfitters on the Elk River (Facebook link here)
Offers kayak rentals on the Upper Elk River at access to the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail. There are five entry and exit points. Many options available; most people prefer the 6 mile trip which takes about two to 2.5 hours. Can provide half day and even full day trips. Provide shuttle service, boat rentals, paddles, PFD's. Presently require clients to schedule trips. Contract with Joe Wheeler State Park to provide SUP (stand up paddleboards) lessons and rentals. Licensed Jackson kayak and BOTE SUP retailer. Offers ASRT members discounts and also family and group discounts.
Don Bowling 256-431-8988
25427 Children Street
Bear Creek Canoe Run
36676 U.S. 43, Hackleburg, AL 35581
No Worries Kayak Rentals
Located at 3180 AL Highway 9 South Piedmont, AL 36272
Walk-ins and appointments are welcome!
256-447-3773 or 256-452-1094
Open Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m
Redneck Yacht Club Canoe and Kayak Rental
Campsites available now on beautiful Terrapin Creek. Campites are $375.00/month with water, power and sewer included. Call 256 447 8690 or 256 504 8690 for more information and directions. Cabin rentals also available.
3112 County Road 59, Piedmont, Alabama 36272
Terrapin Creek is family owned and operated with over 35 years of experience in outdoor retail sales. Their features new canoes, kayaks and accessories from the top names in the industry: Old Town, Mad River, Wenonah, Dagger, Perception, Wilderness Systems, Wave Sport, Necky, Ocean Kayak, Current Designs, Bending Branches, Werner Paddles, AT Paddles, Seven2 Paddles, Carlisle Paddles, ExtraSport, Astral Buoyancy, Harmony, Yakima, PaddleBoy Designs and more; solo, tandem, whitewater, flatwater, tripping, touring, fishing, recreational, racing, etc.
TOC also rents canoes and kayaks. Individuals, small groups, large groups, families, churches, schools, scouts, military, law enforcement, businesses, companies, corporations, organizations, etc.
4114 County Rd. 175, Piedmont, AL 36272
Big Wills Outfitters, Wesson Gap Road, Gadsden
(Big Wills Creek can be paddled into downtown Gadsden. The section served by this outfitter is approximately 26 miles above Gadsden in a beautiful, shady section through this popular wine country
We are located in the Big Wills Valley, just outside Attalla, AL. We offer canoe/kayak rentals, or a shuttle for your own boat. Canoes are $35. Kayaks are $25. Shuttle is $10.You will enjoy a scenic 6 mile float, and arrive back at your vehicle in our secure parking area. 256-438-7172 for information. Click here for a Google map.
, Broad street, Gadsden, Mitchell Stewart, email@example.com
Larry's Kayak Rentals (Piedmont) 256-447-6990
Floating Fun: Tube the Choccolocco Creek near Anniston
Business Office Interstate 20, Exit 179, half mile south, turn left, half mile to 460 Bobwhite Drive, Oxford, AL
Float Choccolocco Creek
Open May-September. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except for 10-plus advance reservations. Wednesday—Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-5.
Float leisurely along in the wide steady current of Choccolocco Creek and enjoyable Class One rapids in a pristine and lovely outdoor setting. The premier tubing firm of Alabama - each tube has a comfy seat - on a single tube, two person double tube, or cushy fun yak. Five ( yes, 5 ) private gated float sections from 1 hour to 2 1/2 hours to 3 1/2 hours to 7 hours.
The Tube rent prices vary from $10 each to $5 each ( latter is 50 or more with your transportation bus). Minimum 40 pounds a person; must wear closed toe shoes; cooler tubes and push sticks available also.
Owners together have instructed paddling for 70+ years. Call Jamie O'Rear 256-589-4418 or Fred Couch 256-591-0437. Email either of us at Fredfloats@aol.com. Website http://www.floatingfun.net shows section maps, pictures, and lots of details.
Hatchet Creek Adventures (Rockford area) 256-377-1290
True Adventure Sports
More than just kayak and canoe rentals, but serving the Alabama Scenic River Trail in the Little River area.
Primary Booking Agent: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Information: email@example.com
Address: True Adventure Sports
13102 Al Hwy 176
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Mentone area/Little River Canyon
Canoe and Kayak Rentals with a B&B thrown in for good measure: Paddle a scenic flatwater section above Desoto Falls in Mentone, Alabama. Group rentals are guided 3 hour trips and by reservation only Monday-Thursday. Price includes Guide and Gear.
1-5 people: $150
6-10 people: $300
11-15 people: $375
Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend!
Individual rentals Friday’s 1:00-5:00 Saturday’s 9am-5:00pm Sunday’s 1:00-4:00
Canoes: $25 per hour or $120 per day (5 hours)
Kayaks: $15 per hour or $70 per day (5 hours)
Non-Guided group reservations for 4 or more can be made Monday - Thursday during summer operations. Groups less than 4 can be placed on a waiting list Monday - Thursday.
Call 256-634-8370 for reservations or questions.
We can also provide lodging in a rustic B&B near Desoto Falls and Educational Camps.
Adventure Day Camp! Families can book a week long vacation in Mentone or DeSoto State Park and take advantage of our week long day camps for ages 5-13. Parents can relax or take in nearby sites while their child is having a blast exploring! Activities include Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Nature Art, Primitive Skills, Group Games, Swimming and much more. One World Adventure Staff are well trained and experienced.
For Inquiries call 256-634-8370 or check out our camp dates and pricing athttp://oneworldadventureco.com/2014-adventure-day-camps/
Nippersink Lodge is a Bed & Breakfast located on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama. The Lodge is located on the west fork of the Little River, a half mile away from Desoto Falls.
Nippersink Lodge is a wonderful get-away for couples, social groups and campers. In addition the Lodge can be rented out for social gatherings such as family reunions and weddings!
Contact us and reserve your space today! 706-346-9170
Central Section (all) /River Heritage Section (partial)
Coosa Outdoor Center
Coosa Outdoor Center is located in Wetumpka, Alabama on the Coosa River. The staff and guides at the center can take you on the experience of your life on the Coosa. If you need boat rental and transportation between the Jordan Dam area and Selma, Alabama, please give us a call. Click the link above for more information driving directions.
172 River Dr, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Coosa River Adventures
Are you ready for adventure and excitement? The thrill of whitewater? Then look no further than Wetumpka Alabama and Coosa River Adventures.
We at Coosa River Adventures will outfit you with a canoe or sit-on-top kayak and provide transportation to the launch site, paddles, and life jackets. Then it’s up to you to enjoy the Coosa River’s cliff walls, rock islands, and whitewater rapids.
Trips average 3 to 4 hours and scheduling is a must. So whether you’re a novice paddler or river rafting junkie, we’re sure you’ll enjoy what the Coosa River has to offer. Call us today to start your adventure!
415 Company St
Downtown Wetumpka, AL
Central North Alabama (near Birmingham)
Five Mile Creek Canoeing Company
Five Mile Creek (which is 45 miles long in total) offers 26 miles of some of Alabama’s finest spring and early summer canoeing and kayaking located within 20 minutes of downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Large group trips can be
scheduled at other times when water levels permit.
The File Mile Creek Canoe Company is owned and operated by the town of Brookside, Alabama. Call the Town Hall for more information at 205 674 9275. More information is available on the town's website www.brooksidealabama.com.
Find out more about all the opportunities surrounding this excellent Alabama waterway at www.fivemilecreekpartnership.org
Limestone Park – Tours, expeditions on the Little Cahaba and Cahaba Rivers.
1531 Limestone Pkwy
Brierfield, AL 35035
Canoe the Cahaba
2370 County Road 52
Helena, AL 35080
205 874 5623
Canoe the Cahaba offers a five mile trip that starts from Buck Creek and a 9.9 mile run on the Cahaba River.
Ski N Stuff
1021 Montgomery Hwy
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
UAB-University of Alabama Birmingham
The Outdoor program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has greatly expanded its offerings. They are an active organization with 27 trips all over the south-east and the west, ranging from backpacking, to climbing to wild caving, to canoeing. Besides running trips, they have over 30 kayaks, and 22 canoes available for rent.
In addition we will begin an outfitter service on the Cahaba River spring of 2015.
Find out more at the Campus Recreation website:
Contact Bill Pierce 205-996-4914
PaddleSouth SUP standup paddleboard rental
Columbiana. Stand up paddle board company. Rent, instruct and sell boards.
205 530 0787
Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River (Blount County, near Oneonta)
River Beach Outfitters
Kayak and canoe rentals with shuttle service for families, groups and individuals. Camping and fishing.
2325 County Road 14, Snead, AL 35952
205 429 5455
Delta Section/South Alabama
Alabama Coastal Outdoors
Rentals, kayak fishing trips and more are available through alabamacoastaloutdoors.com.
Kayak Fishing, Kayak Touring, and Kayak Snorkeling Charter.
Five Rivers Outfitters
Guided canoe/kayak tours and camping:
Lower delta (open marsh) $40/person
Middle delta (cypress swamp) $45/person
Upper delta (Indian mounds & Bartram Trails) $55/person
Gator float (March/April only) $60/person including lunch or dinner
Various camping destinations $65-$115/per night/per person
30841 Five Rivers Blvd
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
Call the Pelican's reservation desk at 251 621 8531.
Sunshine Canoe Rentals
Sunshine Canoe Rentals' friendly and knowledgeable Bob Andrews can put you in just about any kind of boat and guide you on limitless upper and lower delta adventures. Bob also operates an outfitters on the beautiful, wild and secluded Escapawpa blackwater river with its magnificent sandbars on nearly every twist and turn. The Escatawpa is on the Alabama-Mississippi state line west of Mobile.
Bob's 20 years of experience in the region can put you on the Bartram Canoe Trail, a series of floating and land-based campsites through the treelined bayous and widely-varied streams.
In the lower delta's marshes and grasslands you will find splendid wildlife watching opportunities.
Paddlers in the region who don't have time for a deep delta adventure can enjoy dozens of delightful paddles just minutes from downtown Mobile.
Reach Sunshine Canoe Rentals at 251-344-8664. Bob Andrews' cell is 251 367 4144.
Ike's Beach Service, Inc.
800 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Beach chairs, umbrellas, full size cribs and beach wheelchairs, kayaks, high chairs, beach bikes, and parasailing.
Go Go Kayaks
921 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Daily, weekly kayak rentals and stand up paddle boards
Gulf shores Beach Rentals
3873 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Deliver: Beach Chairs/Umbrellas/Tents, Kayaks, Baby Equipment, Groceries, Bicycles, Grills and much more. Now offering Sailing Charters.
Dauphin Island Kayak & Bicycle Rentals
Customize to your rental needs of all levels of experience and ages. Delivery & Pickup Anywhere on Dauphin Island Al. Open All Year.
Coastal Kayak Excursions LLC
28101 Perdido Beach BLVD
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Admire dolphins and scenery on a 40' pontoon boat in Wolf Bay. Each excursion is perfect for families and provides each guest individual attention.
BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals
18743 Keller Road
Foley, AL 36535-
Captain your own "Eco-Kayak Tour" with sit-on-top kayaks exploring still-water rivers. Experience old-fashioned hospitality on the historic Bon Secour river.
Holmes Creek Canoe Livery and Water Park (serves the Choctawhachee River in the area near Venon, Florida up to or beyond the Alabama-Florida line on the Choctawhachee)
State Road 79 in Vernon, Florida. 850-210-7001. www.HolmesCreekCanoeLivery.com or www.WaltonOutdoors.com.
Family-oriented business on scenic Holmes Creek which connects with the Choctawhachee River as it runs between Ozark Alabama and Choctawhachee Bay on the Gulf of Mexico.
Kayak single $30
Kayak Double $40
Shuttles start at $15
2-4 hour trips $35
4-8 hour trips $45
Overnight camping trip $70 (2-day, 1-night 20-30 mile trip on the Choctawhachee)
Trips are planned and priced anywhere from Pittman Creek Landing on HIghway 2 (just south of Geneva, Alabama) to Cowford Bridge on Highway 20 in Ebro.
All trips are priced for two adults. Children under 12 $5.00.
Youth groups, churches and military call for discounted rates.
Water park $5.00/person. Water park is free with canoe rentals.
Zip line $10/person.
Guided River Swamp Tours for hunting, fishing and photography. Guides available.
Drop off and pick up services.
Paddlin South: Paul Taylor 251-648-2962 or 251-648-2296 which primarily serves Chickasabogue
17 Turtles Outfitters: Anna Bryant 251-295-8489
Tallapoosa River Outfitters
Boat types include kayaks (for one) and canoes (for two). Rental rates are $40 per canoe and $20 per kayak and include boat, paddles, shuttle service, and life jackets. An additional shuttle fee may be charged for longer trips. Additional accessories may be rented for $5 each. Standard day trips are 5, 7, or 14 miles. Standard overnight trips are 20 or 28 miles leaving Saturday morning and arriving at TRO on Sunday afternoon. Custom trip pricing may vary. Private, secure parking is included for all renters.
Private boater shuttle is $10 per boat within 7 miles. Shuttle charges vary with trip length.
Hours of operation
Open Saturdays from April through October, weather permitting. Reservations suggested for Saturdays. Reservations required for all other days.
Last trip out at 1 p.m. All boats are to be returned by 5 p.m. sharp.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Churches, scouts, and other groups are welcome! We can easily accomodate groups of 50+ paddlers.
Tallapoosa River Outfitters
Tallapoosa Wilds, LLC (Tallapoosa River)
Located off Highway 77 in Wadley, AL providing canoe and kayak rentals with shuttle service offering 3 to 6 hour trips on the beautiful Tallapoosa River. Also provide 2 mile tube floats (typically a 4 hour float) with shuttle service to the put in point upstream from the facility. Open from dawn to dusk all year with rentals in the off season by appointment only.
Proprietors are Marty Schwartz and Gene Jenkins of Wadley, AL.
Tallapoosa Wilds, LLC
PO Box 407
48457 Hwy 22
Wadley, AL 36276
Phone: 256 395 9505
Southern Canoe Outfitters
Southern Canoe Outfitters in located on the Tallapoosa River and provides breathtaking scenery along the Loyd Owens Canoe Trail. Canoeist will enjoy the perfect combination of a relaxing canoe trip along with the splendor and beauty of the river. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and camping along 44 miles of the Tallapoosa River, designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as one of the cleanest rivers in the Eastern United States. The river is abundant with wildlife as well as great fishing opportunities. Southern Canoe Outfitters is a family business that makes it enjoyable for individuals, families, groups (churches, scouts, and schools) and anyone interested in enjoying the river. Each season offers many sights, activities and photo opportunities. Call us today to start your adventure!
Southern Canoe Outfitters
7934 Highway 9
Heflin, Al 36264
256 453 1923
678 662 5724
Jenkins Creek Adventures
Escape the noise of the city only minutes from Montgomery, at the intersection of the Tallapoosa River and Jenkins Creek. Enjoy the stunning sunrises and the starlit nights along almost a mile of shoreline. Recreate and relax in the perfect natural setting as you explore the wonders of Jenkins Creek.
Jenkins Creek Adventures
11075 Wares Ferry Rd
Montgomery, Alabama, 36117
Pea River Outdoors (Enterprise area)
331 Old Samson Rd
Burnt Corn Creek and Trails
Escambia County Alabama near Brewton. Burnt Corn Creek & Trail offers trips on Murder Creek and Burnt Corn Creek. Chris Fields 251-236-5478