Central Alabama’s Most Trusted Outfitters & River Guides
Where the foothills of the Appalachians tumble out over the landscape of Central Alabama, diverse and unique water recreation opportunities await. Featuring the jewel that is the Cahaba River, the state’s longest free-flowing stretch of river at 194 miles, Central Alabama offers paddlers impressive beauty and unique challenges. Whether you’re interested in a relaxing getaway on Lake Martin or an overnight fly fishing excursion, these outfitters have you covered.
Central Alabama Outfitters
Big Canoe Creek Kayaking
Kayak rentals and personal boat shuttles for a 4-mile section of Big Canoe Creek, a tributary of the Coosa River. Great local day trip or overnight experience.
Blue Water Park
Scuba diving, dive training, and kayak & paddle boarding opportunities on a stunning 26-acre quarry in the heart of Central Alabama. Aquatic sightseeing and underwater attractions.
Chattahoochee Paddle Company
The Chattahoochee Paddle Company is where your worries float away! Enjoy canoe, kayak, and paddle board rentals for flat water runs, tackle & free fishing on site, plus SUP yoga! Beginners welcome.
Coosa Fishing Company
This fishing charter and guide service offers guided fishing trips on Lake Logan Martin, the Coosa River, and Lay Lake. Contact Tim Barr to book your spin fishing or fly fishing adventure.
Coosa Island Marina Boat Rental
Open April through September, this full-service marina offers premium pontoon boat and jet ski rentals on Lake Logan Martin. Grab a bite at the Piece of the Pie Pizzeria while you’re there!
East AL Fly Fishing
Experienced and beginner anglers alike can enjoy a tailored fly fishing trip on the Tallapoosa River, especially those interested in black bass species. Guiding services & online booking available.
Five Mile Creek Canoe & Co.
Tandem kayaking, single-person sit-on-top kayaks, and shuttle services for those who have their own equipment. Five Mile Creek is on the Alabama Birding Trail and 20 minutes outside of Birmingham.
Fly Fishing Alabama
Book a specialized fly fishing trip with Stephen Rockarts, offering canoe/raft float trips and wading trips for those interested in catching Alabama bass, redeye bass, and sunfish.
Limestone Park Canoe Rental
Canoeing and tubing on the scenic Little Cahaba River, one of the best birding locations in the Birmingham metro area. Shuttle service included and suitable for all ages 6 and up.
Murph on the Fly
This unique guide service is part of a growing community of conservation and healing taking place through the sport of fly fishing. Full-day floats on the Tallapoosa River available!
Prattville Paddle Sports
River Beach Outfitters
A family-friendly river adventure service, offering canoe and kayak rentals and camping on the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. Float at a leisurely pace and take in scenic views.
Riverside Fly Shop
This nonprofit organization plans, organizes, and leads outdoor outings in Central Alabama, such as hikes, beginner canoe trips, tube floats, lake events, and more. Open to the public.
Sunnyside Daycation LLC
This rafting and kayaking center near Talladega offers kayak rentals on Cheaha Creek. Run by popular local comedian Darren Knight, this cash-only, 2.5hr float makes a great weekend trip.
Talladega Creekside Resort
Tube and kayak rentals by the season on Cheaha Creek, plus year-round camping, RV camping, and cabin rentals. Open for race week, 3 miles from Talladega Superspeedway.
Fun and affordable stand-up paddle board (SUP) rentals from Lake Nicol Park. Reservations and walk-ups are welcome. Paddle board delivery also available.
UAB Adventure Recreation
The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a wide variety of rental equipment for backpacking, climbing, wild caving, and canoeing. Service to the Cahaba River.
University of Alabama Outdoor Recreation
Rentals of virtually every outdoor item from backpacking stoves to paddle gear. Guided trips and lessons are also available.
Yellow Creek Falls Fish Camp
Primitive camping, full-service general store, and kayak, canoe, and paddleboat rentals near the incredible sights of Yellow Creek Falls and Weiss Lake. Live bait, hot food, and cold drinks.