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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

MARCH 29  (Saturday)
Clear Creek, TN
Cost:  $75
> Bring $45 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Sign-up by: Friday, March 21
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 3/25 at 5:00 pm

If the March 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.

There will be two 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:  Wed. March 19 or Wed. March 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
E-mail outdorrec@vanderbilt.edu to sign up for a workshop.


APRIL 19  (Saturday)
Center Hill Lake, TN
Cost:  $36
> Bring $11 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Sign-up by: Friday, April 11
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 4/15 at 6:00 pm

Kayak touring is a fun, relaxing way to explore a lake.  We will spend part of the day paddling around on scenic Center Hill Lake in middle Tennessee.  Highlights will include wooded shorelines and checking out a cove or two.  Beginners are welcome.  All paddling equipment is provided.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 5 pm.


Date:  May 17 – 25, 2014  (Saturday – Sunday)

>>>  only 1 spot left as of 2/2014!

Location: Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ
$885 + airfare to and from Las Vegas

Sign-up by:  Friday, March 21
> Bring $200 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Thursday, March 27 at 6:00 pm

Lake Powell is a really big lake in the impressive Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  This trip offers an opportunity to explore the lake and some of its surrounding side canyons by kayak!  We will rent single person kayaks, get a motor boat ride, and then begin paddling on a 5-day trip.  There will be plenty of opportunities to go for short hikes and otherwise explore the beautiful sandstone canyons.  There is a good chance to experience some fantastic weather and incredibly star filled nights.  For this trip we will fly to Las Vegas and then rent a van for the drive.

Cost includes: Van transportation, on-the-lake food, hotel at the end of the trip, group camping equipment, boat taxi for both ends of the trip, river bags, paddling jackets, kayaks, and paddling gear.

Space will be limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so plan accordingly.

For more info, check out this colorful pdf:  LakePowell.fortheweb.5

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 rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.