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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

SEPT. 11 (Sunday)
Duck River, TN
Cost:  $51
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 2.


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, 9/6 at 6:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way. 

The Duck River is a nice river with wooded banks and large, beautiful rock bluffs. We will paddle an 8.5 mile stretch of the river, from the Normandy Dam to the Three Forks Bridge. We will portage a dam on the river which then provides a great place for swimming and playing in the water. Beginners are welcome on this Class I river. We may see . .. ducks! Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 6 pm.


OCTOBER 29 (Saturday)
Hiwassee River, TN
Cost:  $75
Sign-up by: Tuesday, Oct. 11.


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

2.  Sorry this trip is now full.  We will offer WW Kayaking again in the Spring semester.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/25 at 5:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.  

Tennessee’s scenic Hiwassee River is fantastic for boaters of all abilities to practice the fundamentals like eddy turns, peeling out,ferrying and reading water. This trip is designed for kayakers who have mastered the roll in the pool and are ready to try moving water and rapids. It is preferred that you have some flat water kayaking experience before signing up for this trip. Paddling equipment,including a spray jacket, is included. This trip is limited to the first 6 people who sign up. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 10 pm.

Note: There will be two special and two normal pool sessions (from 7-9 pm) 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. Oct. 18 or 25 or Wed. Oct. 19 or 26.


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.