For many folks, Ijams is synonymous with water. Whether it’s cooling off in Toll Creek, exploring Mead’s Quarry Lake by boat, or taking in the scenic view of the Tennessee River, visitors have been enjoying the waterscapes of Ijams for decades.

Paddling Workshops and Trips

If you are interested in learning more about how to paddle, or taking some exciting paddling trips, be sure to learn more about the IJAMS OUTDOOR ACADEMY! Our talented instructors will be leading canoe clinics, kayak clinics, and paddling excursions throughout the summer. Be sure to check our CALENDAR OF EVENTS for the most current program information.

The free, public-access dock on the Tennessee River at the Ijams River Landing is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk for those with their own paddle boats.

Paddling Rentals at Ijams

One of our most popular activities is paddling on Mead’s Quarry Lake. In partnership with River Sports Outfitters, visitors can rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to get a better look at the amazing views of this historic marble quarry.

Hours: Fri: 3pm-8pm | Sat: 10am-7pm | Sun: noon-7pm

Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard

NOTE: Private boats are NOT PERMITTED on Mead’s Quarry Lake.

Hours: Fri-Sun: 2pm-7pm*

Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard
$20/2 hours
$40/half day

*NOTE: If you’re interested in renting a boat for the River Landing during weekdays, please rent the boat at River Sports’ Mead’s Quarry location and personally transport it to the River Landing.

Please visit River Sports Outfitters Facebook page for closings due to weather. You also can call  River Sports at (865) 696-0806 or the front desk at Ijams (865-577-4717 x110) for current information.

Liability Waivers: All participants will be issued a PFD along with appropriate paddling equipment. In addition, all participants will need to complete a signed waiver. EVERYONE under the age of 18 MUST HAVE a waiver signed by a parent/guardian.

Download WAIVER

Waiver instructions:

  1. Please read and sign.
  2. Parent/guardian MUST SIGN for anyone under 18 years of age.

Learn more about our partner,
River Sports Outfitters.