float the buffalo river

Do like fast moving water full of obstacles? Do you prefer the peace and serenity of deep slow moving pools? 

The Buffalo has both!  There are plenty of places to get your heart racing and places to relax and calm your spirit. 

The River experience has something for everyone.  Check out what you can see on the River in our Gallery.


Your adventure begins at our door!  Once registered, you are transported in a pickup truck to the entry-point upriver.  Enjoy your trip with beaches for a picnic, swimming in a pool or resting in the slow moving water.  Your adventure ends where you parked by beaching your rental and turning in your paddles and vest at the shop.  

Canoe & kayak rentals

Rental Information

All Skill Levels Welcome!

Full Service Rentals of Canoes and Kayaks! We carry your boat to the water and help you get into and out of your boat.

All rentals include life jacket and paddle. 

Reservations recommended for individual and groups, but not required.

Reservations are made by calling (931) 593-2306.  Credit cards are not accepted.

Group rates and military discounts offered.  (Group rates require group reservation and payment as a group.  Military ID is required for military discount.)

Renters who return late to our pick up point will be charged a late pick up fee. 

Water Classification -  fast moving shallow water with obstacles, slow moving flat water, and deep pools.

All renters must fill out a liability wavier.

Children under 5 are not allowed to float the river.  

4 mile, 6 mile and 12 mile and overnight floats available - taking 2 hours to a full day to complete.


Rules of the River

  • Always keep your life jacket with you.
  • Respect private property.
  • Please don't litter! Help keep our beautiful waters  clean.

What to Bring

  • Dress for the weather!  Water shoes are recommended. 
  • Helpful to have: sun screen, bug spray, towels snacks and drinks. If you forget anything, you can grab it at our shop.
  • Coolers and food may be taken on the boats.
  • Fishing poles, binoculars and cameras (waterproof, of course)

Reservations

  • We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours; however, reservations are recommended.
  • We are open 7 days a week April through August from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM*
  • We can accommodate groups up to 200 people.
  • We can transport your personal boat.  
  • We can schedule a guided fishing tour.

For rates, availability and reservations, please call (931) 593-2306.

*Days and times adjust to season.  September  open Thursday - Sunday. October by reservation only.  

Where to Find Us

Tennessee Highway 13, Lobelville, Tennessee 37097, United States

Promotions

Currently no special promotions, but check back!


Group rates and military discounts always available. Groups must reserve as a group and pay as a group. Military ID required to receive discount. 

Contact us for Guided Fishing

What Visitors Are Saying

I have been going to the Buffalo River at least once a year for most of my life (since age 14 at least with a few missed years here and there). Being able to share this special place with our UTM students is really special to me. Better yet, to have alumni who value this experience and come back year after year to meet the new students, remember past memories, and just join in the fun and splendor of this lovely place, makes it incredibly special to me. Much love to my friends at Heath's Canoe Rental who donated the canoes for our trip today!   ~Julie H, August 2018