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.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Saturday)
Harpeth River, TN
> Bring $8 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 6
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 9/10 at 6:00 PM
This is a great trip on the nearby Harpeth River! We will paddle a beautiful 6.4-mile stretch from Kingston Springs to the Gossett Track. This trip is designed specifically for the beginner kayaker, but you must know how to swim. The Harpeth River is a gentle, State Scenic River, and kayaking is a great opportunity to paddle your own boat. We will use our touring kayaks, and all equipment is included in the trip fee. Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 4 pm.
OCTOBER 19 (Saturday)
Hiwassee River, TN
> Bring $45 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Sign-up by: Tuesday, Oct. 4
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/15 at 5:00 pm
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, but you must know how to swim. Estimated trip duration: 7 am – 10 pm.
Kayak Roll Workshops for this trip are on Wed. Oct. 9 and Wed. Oct. 16 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a workshop.
OCTOBER 26 (Saturday)
Cordell Hull Lake, TN
> Bring $11 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 18
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 10/22 at 5:00 pm
Kayak touring is easy to learn and fun. We will spend part of the day paddling around the scenic Cordell Hull Lake, located a little over an hour away. With any luck we’ll see some pretty fall colors along the wooded shorelines. Beginners are welcome, but you must know how to swim. All paddling equipment is provided. Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 5 pm.
KAYAK TOURING, HIKING, & CAMPING
Date: May 17 – 25, 2014 (Saturday – Sunday)
Location: Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ
Cost: $885 plus airfare to Las Vegas
Trip Registration Begins: at 12 noon on Monday, Jan. 6
> Bring $200 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Sign-up by: Friday, Feb. 7
Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 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. Trip details, including the trip cost will be figured out in November. More info will be available here by December 1st.
Cost includes: air to Las Vegas and 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, canoes, kayaks, and paddling gear.
Space will be limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so plan accordingly.
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 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 VRW Center members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.