Paddling at Ijams

Canoeing on Mead’s Quarry Lake (c) Knoxville News Sentinel

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.

***You may bring your own paddle boat to Ijams River Landing and launch it off our newly opened dock on the Tennessee River!***

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.

Paddling is closed for the 2017 season.

You may still bring your own boats to our dock on the Tennessee River (Ijams River Landing).

Thank you for coming out and we look forward to seeing you next Spring!

Phone: (865) 696-0806


**We may close if there is inclement weather. Please call or check River Sports Outfitters facebook page for information.

$12 per boat for one hour

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

Please note: private boats are NOT PERMITTED on Mead’s Quarry Lake.

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.