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Kayaking trips utilize touring kayaks for one person to paddle, generally down a river or around a lake. We offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers, and great trips for those who have never paddled a kayak before.  Participants must know how to swim.
We also offer a whitewater kayak trip, to Class II – III rivers. For whitewater, participants should know how to roll their kayak, at least in the pool. Kayak roll workshops are offered weekly at the Rec. Center pool. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-12 people. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in kayaking. Included in the trip price is the kayaking equipment, complete with kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, and other accessories. Participants must know how to swim.

Upcoming Trips

APRIL 2 (Saturday)
Clear Creek, TN

Cost:  $77

Sign-up by: 5 pm on Wednesday, March 23


1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.

2.  Click HERE to sign up and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip MeetingWednesday, 3/30 at 6:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

If the April showers bring us enough rain, then we’re off to paddle the beautiful waters of Clear Creek. This is a fantastic destination for beginner paddlers looking for something a bit more challenging than the Hiwassee. The consistent elevation drop and exciting turns through the boulders make for an exhilarating day on the river.  Experience is necessary and a solid roll is a must.  This trip is limited to the first 6 people who sign up.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am to 10 pm.

Note: There will be one special and two normal pool sessions available to participants of this trip to work with kayak instructors on your roll prior to the trip.  Participation in at least one of these sessions is mandatory:  Tues. Mar. 22 or 29 or Wed. Mar. 30 from 7– 9 pm.

Go to www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec and click on the Kayak Classes page to sign up for a Kayak Class on-line.

APRIL 17 (Sunday)
Harpeth River, TN
Cost:  $45
Sign-up by: midnight, Thur. April 14. (3 spots available on 4/13)

  • 1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
  • 2.  Click HERE to sign up and pay on-line!

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 4/12 at 6:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

    This 6.5-mile trip is designed specifically for the beginner kayaker.   The nearby Harpeth River is a gentle, State Scenic River, and kayaking is a great opportunity to paddle your own boat.  All equipment is included in the trip fee.  Enjoy a day a on the river.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 4 pm.


    Trip Information

    Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during ORC rental hours. This is also where Pre-Trip Meetings take place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.