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Canoe the Cahaba with us.

Cahaba River Society offers guided float trips on the Cahaba River. We can supply boats, paddles, life jackets, and a naturalist with the expertise to allow you a unique, up-close experience with the Cahaba River.

All Trips for 2018 are full!

 

***Guided Cahaba Lily tours for the 2018 season are full. To visit the lilies on your own, click here for directions to the Cahaba National Widlife Refuge.

 

How much does it cost?

We request a donation for each person over the age of 12 for the use of our boats and equipment and to cover staff time.

Requested Donation Levels beginning in 2019:

  • Donation for members: $20
  • Donation for non-members: $40 (includes membership)
  • $10 of the total donation must be paid in a non-refundable deposit at the time of the reservation.

(There is no donation required for children under 12, but everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Policies for Educational Outings
  • Life vests are required for all participants. 
  • You must register by clicking the links below or calling 205-322-5326 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm for reservations and details about each trip. Space on each trip is limited. If space is not available, you may be added to the trip’s wait list.
  • If you make a reservation and then discover you cannot attend, please let us know so we may offer the canoe to someone on our waiting list.
  • Participants are required to follow the trip leader’s guidance regarding safety and behavior, including always wearing shoes and always wearing a life jacket (provided) when you are in a canoe and no alcohol use during the outing.
  • Please be on time for departure.
  • We request $20 on the day of the trip for each person. There is no charge for children under 12.  However, children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • You should bring your own lunch. Remember that being outside in hot weather will require much more water than usual to keep you hydrated.
  • HATS and SUNSCREEN will save you great discomfort!
  • Participants with their own canoes or kayaks are very welcome to join us, but are still required to make a reservation and pay $10 per person. If you do join our trip, we require you bring and wear your own lifejacket.
  • Novice paddlers are encouraged to attend a training session directed by instructors with the Birmingham Canoe Club. For additional details, see “CLASSES” button at www.birminghamcanoeclub.org

2018 Canoe Outing Schedule

Grants Mill to Old Overton – Saturday, April 21, 2018–RESERVATIONS ARE BOOKED.

Day trips are all-day adventures to a seldom seen stretch of the Cahaba River. There will be ample opportunities to stop, explore, and see the sights. Staff will point out wildlife, seine for fish, and discuss the natural history of wildlife and southern rivers when the critters present themselves. It is not unusual for us to spot resident Bald eagles on these trips. We will meet at 8:30am at Grants Mill Road. Click here to request a reservation.

Cahaba Lily Trips: May 12, 2018 – Lily Trip I, May 13, 2018 – Lily Trip II, May 26, 2018 – Lily Trip III, May 27, 2018 – Lily Trip IV–RESERVATIONS ARE BOOKED.

You will see the beautiful Cahaba lilies first hand in their natural setting. These are rigorous outings that require wading and dragging a canoe over shallow rocky shoals. When very low  water conditions occur, we alter the trip so we still see the lilies and enjoy the river, but we avoid a difficult hike down the riverbed. ***These are our most popular outings, so call soon to reserve your canoe.*** We will meet at 8:30 am at the Colonnade Shopping Center in front of Gold’s Gym. Click here to request a reservation.

Moonlight Lily Trip (Flower Moon Trip) – Monday, May 28, 2018–RESERVATIONS ARE BOOKED.

A moonlit evening on the Cahaba is a delightful, unique, and relaxing way to enjoy a flatwater portion of the Cahaba. We usually hear a variety of wildlife, and often see hundreds of glowworms. These outings begin at dusk at the old Highway 280 bridge. We paddle about two hours in the 280 pool and then return to the same place we put in. Click here to request a reservation.

Solstice Trip to Old Cahawba Archaeological Park – Saturday, June 23, 2018–RESERVATIONS ARE BOOKED.

Day trips are all-day adventures to a seldom seen stretch of the Cahaba River. There will be ample opportunities to stop, explore, and see the sights. Staff will point out wildlife, seine for fish, and discuss the natural history of wildlife and southern rivers when the critters present themselves. It is not unusual for us to spot resident Bald eagles on these trips. We will meet at 8:30 am at the Colonnade Shopping Center in front of Gold’s Gym. Click here to request a reservation.

Buck Moon Trip – Wednesday, July 25, 2018–RESERVATIONS ARE BOOKED.

A moonlit evening on the Cahaba is a delightful, unique, and relaxing way to enjoy a flatwater portion of the Cahaba. We usually hear a variety of wildlife, and often see hundreds of glowworms. These outings begin at dusk at the old Highway 280 bridge. We paddle about two hours in the 280 pool and then return to the same place we put in. Click here to request a reservation.

Sturgeon Moon Trip – Wednesday, August 22, 2018–RESERVATIONS ARE BOOKED.

A moonlit evening on the Cahaba is a delightful, unique, and relaxing way to enjoy a flatwater portion of the Cahaba. We usually hear a variety of wildlife, and often see hundreds of glowworms. These outings begin at dusk at the old Highway 280 bridge. We paddle about two hours in the 280 pool and then return to the same place we put in. Click here to request a reservation.

Ox Bow Trip to Perry County – Saturday, September 15, 2018–RESERVATIONS ARE BOOKED.

Ox Bows are old river meanders that have been cut off, leaving a naturally-formed lake.  The Perry County Lakes are Cahaba River meanders that have grown up into Cypress and Tupelo swamps with lots of Spanish moss and unusual wildlife.  We often find freshwater shrimp and other odd invertebrates, bryozoans, carnivorous aquatic plants, and occasionally, an alligator.  This is a well-known Birding location.  It is a fascinating and beautiful place. We will meet at 8:30 am at the Colonnade Shopping Center in front of Gold’s Gym. Click here to request a reservation.

Harvest Moon Trip – Saturday, September 22, 2018–RESERVATIONS ARE BOOKED.

A moonlit evening on the Cahaba is a delightful, unique, and relaxing way to enjoy a flatwater portion of the Cahaba. We usually hear a variety of wildlife, and often see hundreds of glowworms. These outings begin at dusk at the old Highway 280 bridge. We paddle about two hours in the 280 pool and then return to the same place we put in. Click here to request a reservation.

Day Trip (Location TBD) – Saturday, October 13, 2018

Day trips are all-day adventures to a seldom seen stretch of the Cahaba River. There will be ample opportunities to stop, explore, and see the sights. Staff will point out wildlife, seine for fish, and discuss the natural history of wildlife and southern rivers when the critters present themselves. It is not unusual for us to spot resident Bald eagles on these trips. We will meet at 8:30 am at the Colonnade Shopping Center in front of Gold’s Gym. Click here to request a reservation.

Overnight Trip to Perry County – Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, October 21, 2018

One of the very best ways to get a feel for the nature of the Cahaba River is to spend a couple of days and a night camping on the river. The first day is much like the Day Trips described above. But instead of crawling out of the river at the end of the day, we find a sand bar, pitch tents, cook a meal, and spend the night by a campfire. Soaking up an entirely different kind of experience on the river is great fun. You must provide your own camping gear and food. We will meet at 8:30 am at the Colonnade Shopping Center in front of Gold’s Gym. Click here to request a reservation.

 

 

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