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.
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.
MARCH 30 (Saturday)
Clear Creek, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, March 22
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, 3/27 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.
Note: 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 20 or Wed. March 27 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
APRIL 14 (Sunday)
Harpeth River, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, April 5
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 4/9 at 5:00 PM
This 6.4-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. Estimated trip duration: 9 am – 4 pm.
APRIL 21 (Sunday)
Center Hill Lake, TN
Sign-up by: 6 pm Thursday, April 18
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.
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.