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 email@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagle Vision Outfitters
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.
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
Riverside Fly Shop—Sipsey Fork
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 email@example.com
Tallapoosa River Outfitters
Heflin, AL. 256-239-6399. www.tallapoosariveroutfitters.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Off The Beaten Path Alabama Kayak, Canoe and Tube Rentals.
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. Dadeville, AL.
Coosa Hiker Hostel
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
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. email@example.com.
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.
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.
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
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
Bed & Breakfast located on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama one 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. Dan Fredericks 205/631-4680 to talk further about Southeastern Outings. Visit the SEO website for much more information and full trip schedule <http://seoutings.blogspot.com> 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.
5 Rivers Delta Safaris
Guided kayak tours offered daily, year round. Tours include Delta Wildlife, Champion Cypress and Bottle Creek Indian Mound tours. Serving all of the Bartram Canoe Trail with rentals, delivery services, half, full and multi-day excursions. Motor boat tours available. (251) 259-8531. 30841 Five Rivers Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL 36527 www.5rds.com
Wild Native Tours—Gulf Shores
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
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
On the secluded Escapawpa blackwater river with its magnificent sandbars on the Alabama-Mississippi line west of Mobile
15551 Moffett Road, Wilmer AL 36587
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.
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. Visit 17 Turtles' website at http://17turtlesoutfitters.org 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.
Rivers Edge Campground: East Fork of the Choctawhatchee
County Road 67 North
334 714 6703, 334 714 6941
Canoeing, kayaking, tubing and camping.