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
Complete EcoTourism outfitters on the Tennessee River, Decatur area.
256-656-9209 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.alabamaecoadventures.com.
North Alabama Canoe and Kayak (NACK)
Upper Flint River, Madison County. 256-529-0357.
Hampton Cove Kayak Adventures (HCKA)
Lower Flint River, Madison County. 7269 Hwy 431 South less than one mile from the Flint River. David Harris, Rodney Bodine. 256-534-9000. email@example.com.
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
Access to the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail. Don Bowling. 256-431-8988. 25427 Children Street, Elkmont AL.
Bear Creek Canoe Run
Recreational release of TVA water. 36676 US 43, Hackleburg, AL 35581. 205-993-4459
Tallapoosa River Outfitters
Heflin, AL. 256-239-6399. www.tallapoosariveroutfitters.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tallapoosa Wilds, LLC (Tallapoosa River)
Tube, canoe and kayak rentals with shuttle service offering 3 to 6 hour trips on the Tallapoosa River. Marty Schwartz, Gene Jenkins. 256-395-9505. 48457 Hwy. 22, Wadley, AL 36276. email@example.com. www.tallapoosawilds.com .
Southern Canoe Outfitters
Tallapoosa River along the Lloyd Owens Canoe Trail. 7934 Highway 9
Heflin, Al 36264. 256-453-1923, 678-662-5724. www.southerncanoeoutfitters.com.
No Worries Kayak Rentals
Walk-ins and appointments welcome. 3180 AL Highway 9 South Piedmont, AL 36272. 256-447-3773 or 256-452-1094. www.noworrieskayakrentals.com.
Redneck Yacht Club Canoe and Kayak Rental
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)
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, 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.
Coosa Outfitters, Broad street, Gadsden. Mitchell Stewart. 256-543-0222. email@example.com.
Larry's Kayak Rentals (Piedmont) 256-447-6990.
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 or 256-591-0437. Fredfloats@aol.com. www.floatingfun.net.
Hatchet Creek Adventures.
Knowledgeable guide to Hatchet Creek. 256-626-4872 or 256-786-2300. 10981 Coosa County Road 40, Rockford AL 35136.
Bed & Breakfast located on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama a half mile from Desoto Falls. 706-346-9170.
True Adventure Sports
Serving the Alabama Scenic River Trail in the Little River area with a variety of outdoor activities. 256-997-9577. firstname.lastname@example.org. Information at email@example.com. 13102 AL Hwy. 176, Fort Payne, AL 35967. www.trueadventuresports.com/.
North Central Alabama (near Birmingham)
Five Mile Creek Canoeing Company
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
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
205-823-6349.1021 Montgomery Hwy.,Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.
UAB-University of Alabama Birmingham
Backpacking, to climbing to wild caving, to canoeing. Service to the Cahaba as of 2015. Bill Pierce. 205-996-4914 www.uab.edu/campusrecreation/adventure-rec-home. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbiana. Stand up paddle board company. Rent, instruct and sell boards.
Justin Atwell. 205-530-0787.
River Beach Outfitters
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. 2325 County Road 14, Snead, AL 35952. www.riverbeachoutfitters.com, email@example.com.
A non-commercial, social media-based organization that schedules about ten canoe and kayak trips each year. The 2015 schedule looks like this:
4/4 Saturday, Clear Creek -put in at Co. Road 25 and take out at Camp McDowell
4/18 Sat. Cahaba River from Grants Mill Road to River Run
4/25 Sat. Locust Fork from Stracener Bridge to Cold Creek
5/30 Sat. Big Wills Creek near Attalla
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
Boat rental and transportation between the Jordan Dam area and Selma, Alabama. Guides through famous Moccasin Gap.334-567-3788. 172 River Dr, Wetumpka, AL 36092.
Coosa River Adventures
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. 415 Company St., Wetumpka, AL 36092.
Delta Section/South Alabama
Orange Beach Wind and Water Training Center. Sailing and paddling opportunity and instruction. 251-424-5909. 26267 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL, 36561.
Alabama Coastal Outdoors
Kayak Fishing, Kayak Touring, and Kayak Snorkeling Charter. 251-554-0090. alabamacoastaloutdoors.com.
Five Rivers Outfitters
Lower delta (open marsh); middle delta (cypress swamp); upper delta (Indian mounds & Bartram Trails); gator float (March/April only, includes lunch or dinner); various camping destinations. 251-621-8531. 30841 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527. www.5rds.com.
Sunshine Canoe Rentals
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.
Ike's Beach Service, Inc.
Beach chairs, umbrellas, full size cribs and beach wheelchairs, kayaks, high chairs, beach bikes, and parasailing. 800 West Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. 251-948-3757.
Go Go Kayaks
Daily, weekly kayak rentals and stand up paddle boards. 921 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542. 251-752-5500.
Gulf shores Beach Rentals
Deliver beach chairs, umbrellas, tents, kayaks, baby equipment, groceries, bicycles, grills and much more. Sailing charters. 3873 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. 888-896-9854, 251-609-4577.
Dauphin Island Kayak & Bicycle Rentals
Serve all levels of experience and ages. Delivery & pickup anywhere on Dauphin Island. 251-422-5285.
Coastal Kayak Excursions LLC
Dolphins and scenery on a 40' pontoon boat in Wolf Bay. Family-oriented and provides each guest individual attention. 28101 Perdido Beach Blvd.,Orange Beach, AL 36561. 251-253-2430.
BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals
Explore still-water rivers and experience old-fashioned hospitality on the historic Bon Secour river. 18743 Keller Road, Foley, AL 36535. 251-971-8359.
Holmes Creek Canoe Livery and Water Park
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.
Chickasabogue Creek near Mobile. Paul Taylor. 251-648-2962 or 251-648-2296.
17 Turtles Outfitters
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. 265 Young St., Fairhope, AL. 251-928-8623.
Southeast/Cental Coastal Alabama
Pea River Outdoors (Enterprise area)
331 Old Samson Rd, Elba, Alabama. 334-447-2236. www.peariveroutdoors.com.
Low County Adventures (formerly Burnt Corn Creek and Trails)
Burnt Corn Creek, Murder Creek and the Escambia River down to Escambia Bay/Pensacola. 251-236-5478.