Nashville, TN – The Department of Environment and Conservation’s Resource Management Division will host a guided canoe float on the Duck River, a state scenic river, on Saturday, July 23rd. Participants should meet in the Target parking lot at Old Hickory Boulevard and I-65 in Brentwood at 9:00am.
Led by Forrest Evans with the Tennessee State Natural Areas program, the canoe float will begin at Leftwich Bridge and run to the TWRA take-out at Howard Bridge. This section of river has a gentle current and no rapids. It will take approximately four hours to float and is an excellent opportunity for beginners to canoe. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch, water and a change of clothes.
Participants that bring their own canoes or kayaks will need to provide their own transportation. Canoes may also be rented for a special trip discount of $12.50 per person or $25.00 per canoe through a local rental company.
A 13-mile section of the Duck River is a state scenic river, and runs through the Duck River Complex State Natural Area. The Duck River Complex is a 2,135-acre natural area complex in Maury County that consists of six natural areas within the 12,800-acre Yanahli Wildlife Management Area, which is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. The Duck River is noted for rich faunal diversity, particularly the several federal endangered mussel species.
The Duck River Canoe Float is part of a series of monthly, guided trips to Tennessee State Natural Areas offered by the department’s Resource Management Division. Tennessee has 82 designated natural areas throughout the state, covering approximately 120,000 acres of ecologically significant lands. More information about Tennessee’s natural areas program, including a complete list of all natural areas and scheduled field trips, can be found at www.tn.gov/environment/na/.