Canoeing trips utilize canoes for two people to paddle, generally down a river. We mostly offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers. Occasionally, we offer a whitewater canoe trip, to a Class II – III river. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-14 people, and require no previous experience, except that you must know how to swim. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in canoeing. Canoeing equipment, complete with canoes, paddles, and lifejackets, is included in the trip price.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Saturday)
WHITEWATER CANOEING (Beginner to Intermediate)
Hiwassee River, TN
Sign-up by: Tuesday, Sept. 17
> Bring $40 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 9/17 at 5:00 pm
Beat the heat by joining the Outdoor Rec. team for a day of exciting rapid running on the Hiwassee, a state scenic river. The 5.5 mile stretch of the Hiwassee is a fantastic introduction to WW Canoeing and offers a number of Class I – II+ rapids to test your paddling prowess. Participants must be able to swim and canoeing experience is not required. Estimated trip duration: 6 am – 10 pm.
SEPTEMBER 22 (Sunday)
Duck River, TN
Sign-up by: Wednesday, Sept. 18
>Bring $13 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, 9/18 at 6:00 pm
The Duck River is a nice river with wooded banks and large, beautiful rock bluffs. We will paddle a 7.6 mile stretch of the river, from Cortner Mill to the Hwy 41 bridge, just east of Shelbyville. The mill provides a great place for swimming and playing in the water before we even start canoeing. Beginners are welcome on this Class I river, but you must know how to swim. We may see . . . ducks! Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 6 pm.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Sunday)
RIVER CLEAN-UP via CANOEING
Harpeth River, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 20
> Come to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 9/24 at 6:00 pm
We have cleaned this river before, so maybe it will show! This will be a 5-mile canoe trip, except the emphasis will be on picking up the trash from the Harpeth River. Equipment, transportation, clean-up supplies, and lunch are provided. Beginners are welcome, but you must know how to swim. (Note: This trip is during the VU Family Weekend.) Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 5 pm.
OCTOBER 10 – 13 (Thursday to Sunday)
Green River, . . . in Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 27
>Bring $60 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, 10/3 at 5:00 pm
Although this National Park is known for its caves, it actually has a great river for canoe-camping. The Green River is a fairly deep river with beautiful tree covered hills surrounding it. We plan on going on a cave tour and car camping, before beginning an 18.5 mile, 3-day, 2-night canoe-camping trip. Highlights will include the fall colors and checking out a few small caves along the way. We also plan to camp on islands each night. Beginners are welcome, but you must know how to swim. Estimated trip duration: 9 am Thurs. – 5 pm Sun.
Cost includes: van transportation, cave tours, camping fees, on-the-river food, group camping equipment, river bags, canoes, and paddling gear.
Space is limited to the first 12 people that sign up, so don’t delay.
OCTOBER 19 (Saturday)
RIVER CLEAN-UP via CANOEING
Buffalo River, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 4
> Come to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/15 at 6:00 PM
This will be our fourth attempt at cleaning up the Buffalo River. We will paddle a section popular for canoeing, so we expect to see trash. This will be a 6.9-mile canoe trip, except the emphasis will be on picking up the trash from the Buffalo River. Equipment, transportation, clean-up supplies, and lunch are provided. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 10 pm.
Spring Break 2014: March 1 – 9, 2014 (Saturday – Sunday)
Gulf Coast: Florida and Alabama
Sign-up by: Friday, Dec. 13
> Bring $100 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6:00 pm.
We are taking a break from the Grand Canyon trip again this year. Instead, we will be driving down to the Gulf Coast for some more canoeing adventures! This trip was a huge success in 2010 and we are bringing it back, with a few suggested revisions. First, we’ll check out the wildlife in Big Lagoon State Park, FL. The lagoon is located just inland from the gulf. Next we’ll travel to the Styx River in southern AL for a canoeing day trip on a beautiful river. This will be a learning experience for some and a refreshing of canoeing skills for others. We will bring mostly canoes, but also 2-3 touring kayaks that we can take turns paddling.
There will be a chance to hang out at the beach on the coast before heading to Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest. We will camp at Bear Lake where we can sleep in, go hiking, or canoeing on the small lake. Finally, we will go on a 5-day, 4-night canoe-camping trip down the incredible Blackwater River. (The water is a dark, tannin-stained color, but it contrasts vividly with the snow-white sand bars at each bend). This is definitely an area that you have to just be there to experience all of its beauty. No experience is necessary for this week of camping and paddling, but you must know how to swim. In order to properly prepare for this fun adventure, plan on attending 2-3 Pre-Trip Meetings. Estimated trip duration: 6:30 am Sat. to 4 pm Sun.
Cost includes: van transportation, in-camp food, group equipment (including the canoes and kayaks), permits, camping fees, entrance fees and a cheap hotel in Alabama on the last night.
Space is limited to the first 12 people who sign up, so don’t delay.
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Please contact Linda Rosenkranz, VU ORP Director, at (615) 343-7898 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this trip.
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 (along Children’s Way and the Intramural Fields behind the Student Recreation Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and Rec. Center members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.