VIA CAHABA RIVER SOCIETY
Enjoy a guided tour of the Cahaba lilies with one of the nation’s leading experts on these rare plants. 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 book your reservation quickly.*** We will meet at 8:30 am at the Colonnade Shopping Center in front of Gold’s Gym.
We request a donation of $20 for each person over the age of 12 for the use of our boats and equipment and to cover staff time. For those bringing their own boats, we request a donation of $10 for each person over the age of 12. (There is no cost for children under 12, but everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.) Life vests are required for all participants.
Policies for Educational Outings
You must register by clicking the links below or calling 205-322-5326 between 8:30 am and 4:30 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.or
Space on canoe trips is limited and reservations are granted on a first come, first serve basis. If space is not available on the trip that you request, you will be added to the wait list and we will notify you if space becomes available.
Note that the trip schedule is subject to change due to weather. A canoe trip guide will contact you during the week preceding the trip (once an accurate weather forecast is possible) to confirm your reservation and any additional details. In the event that a trip must be canceled due to weather, we will attempt to reschedule it for a different date.