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SHOAL CREEK CANOE RUN
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
ARE YOUR HOURS? Our hours vary
depending on the season.
ARE YOU LOCATED? Shoal Creek Canoe Run is
conveniently located next to the bridge that crosses Shoal Creek on
Highway 227 in Iron City,
Tennessee. We are
approximately 5 miles west of Highway 43 and 5 miles east of Highway 13.
Shoal Creek Canoe Run is only 30 minutes south of Lawrenceburg,
TN and 30 minutes north of Florence, AL.
We are approximately 90 miles south of Nashville, Tennessee.
- WHAT IS
THE LENGTH OF YOUR CANOE TRIPS?
We have an 8 mile trip (Factory Creek to Iron City) that lasts 3-4 hours…..2
– 10 mile trips (Busby to Iron City and Iron City to Goose Shoals) that
last 5-6 hours…..an 18 mile trip (Factory Creek to Goose Shoals) that
lasts 8-10 hours......and a 20 mile trip (Busby to Goose Shoals) that
lasts 10-12 hours. ALL times are APPROXIMATE allowing you some time to
stop and swim, picnic, etc. You must be out of the water before dark. We
offer 2, 3 & 4 day trips as well that can be customized to suit your
needs. We will not put you in the water past 2 PM on the 8 mile trip;
however, we do offer a 4 mile trip for $30 per canoe/$20 per kayak from
ARE THE COSTS OF YOUR CANOE TRIPS?
The 8 mile trip (Factory to Iron City) is $35 per canoe/$25 per
kayak…..the 10 mile trips (Busby to Iron City or Iron City to Goose
Shoals) are $40 per canoe/$30 per kayak…..the 18 mile trip (Factory to
Goose Shoals) is $55 per canoe/$35 per kayak…..and the 20 mile trip (Busby
to Goose Shoals) is $60 per canoe/$40 per kayak. The 2-day trip is $65 per
canoe/$45 per kayak….3-day trip is $95 per canoe/$65 per kayak.
- DO I
HAVE TO MAKE A RESERVATION? A
reservation is mandatory at
least 24 hours in advance on weekdays and in the off-season. We do not require a reservation on
weekends, however; we do
encourage you to call ahead-ESPECIALLY WITH LARGE GROUPS-as we get booked
up very quickly! IF YOU MAKE A RESERVATION ON WEEKENDS OR ON HOLIDAYS
BEFORE 10 AM, 5 OR MORE CANOES MUST PAY A 50% NON-REFUNDABLE
DEPOSIT. IF AFTER 10 AM ON WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAYS, NO RESERVATIONS OF
ANY KIND WILL BE MADE UNLESS PAID IN FULL. ON WEEKDAYS, 5 OR
MORE CANOES RESERVED WILL REQUIRE A 50% NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT. YOU MAY PAY
VIA CREDIT CARD, MONEY ORDER OR CASH. NO CHECKS WILL BE TAKEN UNLESS
BROUGHT IN OUR STORE IN PERSON AND SCANNED, UNLESS THE CHECK IS FROM A
COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION. RAIN CHECKS MAY BE ISSUED DUE TO INCLEMENT
WEATHER. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.
- WHAT IS
YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY? We
understand that sometimes things happen and you must cancel or reduce the
number of canoes in your group. We ask that you call ahead as soon as possible or at least a day ahead of time to let
us know. In case of thunderstorms, we will try to contact you to cancel or
reschedule. IF WE DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT A CANCELLATION AND YOU ARE
LATE, WE WILL HOLD YOUR CANOE(S) AND/OR KAYAK(S) FOR 30 MINUTES AFTER YOUR SCHEDULED TIME,
THEN THEY WILL BE RELEASED TO SOMEONE ELSE….NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
- DO I
HAVE TO SIGN A WAIVER? YES! We
require all of our canoeists to sign a waiver before their trip. This is
for our protection as there is a definite risk involved in canoeing. You
must be 18 or older to canoe with us by yourself and to sign the waiver.
If you are younger than 18, you must have an adult with you to canoe and
to sign for you.
- CAN I
BRING MY OWN CANOE/KAYAK AND YOU HAUL IT FOR ME? Yes, we can haul (or shuttle, as some call it) your
canoe or kayak for a $20 fee per
boat. (2-4 boats – $15 each, 5 or more - $10 each)
- I AM
RENTING ONE CANOE/KAYAK AND I WANT TO TAKE THE 10 MILE (OR LONGER) TRIP…IS
THAT POSSIBLE? Yes, at this time
you can take the longer trips with
MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE FIT IN A CANOE? We prefer no more than TWO ADULTS per canoe. There are two
built-in seats in a canoe. If there is excessive weight in a canoe, it
will cause wear and tear to the bottom and canoes are expensive to repair.
However, we will permit (at our discretion) a third person in the middle
of the canoe sitting on the bottom or on coolers. If the third person is
13 or older, we will charge an extra $5. Children 12 and under ride free.
We offer and recommend kayaks to seat one person.
- DO YOU
PROVIDE A GUIDE FOR CANOE TRIPS?
No. After we put you in the water, you are on your own.
TYPE OF CANOES DO YOU USE? We
use Old Town
canoes and kayaks out of Maine.
Most of our canoes are the Discovery 158 and 169, meaning one is 15 feet 8
inches long and the other is 16 feet 9 inches long, respectively and they
seat two people. Our Old
Town kayaks are the
Sandpiper (sit-on-tops) and the Otters (sit inside). They seat one person
and are lightweight. Our Old
Town canoes and
kayaks are constructed of durable polyethylene and are made of the utmost
quality. Check out www.oldtowncanoe.com
or call (800) 343-1555 for more information.
- I AM
AFRAID OF KAYAKS….ARE THEY SAFE? Yes.
The kayaks we have are made for our type of water. You are not fastened to
the kayak in any way, so if you tip over, you will just fall out as you
would in a canoe. They are no more dangerous than a canoe and are lighter
and easier to maneuver. You will be provided a paddle that has blades on
both ends (canoe paddles just have one blade). We have two types: ones
that you sit on top of and ones you sit down inside with seat backs that
fold down to store your gear behind you.
- DO YOU
SELL USED OR NEW CANOES OR KAYAKS?
We do not currently have any used canoes or kayaks for sale. Also, we only
sell them after they are damaged to the point that we can no longer use
DO THE TRIPS END? The trips that
end in Iron City
will end immediately BEFORE Shoal
on the right, by the stop sign. If you go under the bridge, you’ve gone too far. Just pull
the boats up well out of the water, put life vests and paddles inside and
leave them there. You can then walk back up to our business and let us
know that you’re back. We will take care of loading the boats back up. On
the trips that end at Goose Shoals, you will get out to the left JUST
BEFORE Goose Shoals bridge (on County Road 8) and if we are not there yet,
just pull the boats up well out of the water, put vests & paddles
inside and wait for us. THERE ARE NO SIGNS TO TELL YOU WHERE TO TAKE OUT.
Just know that the next bridge you come to after we put you in the water
is where you must get out. DON”T GO PAST IT!
- WHAT IS
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UPPER AND LOWER RUNS? One difference is the water flow. The current is
faster on the upper runs….less paddling. The current is slower on the
lower run…more paddling. Any trip you take is very beautiful and scenic,
but the lower run offers bluff views. Also, about a mile into the 10-mile
trip (Iron City
to Goose Shoals) you are in Alabama.
Those that have an Alabama fishing
license might want to consider taking this trip if you don’t have a Tennessee fishing
license. If you wish to fish in Tennessee, we sell Tennessee fishing licenses here!
- HOW DO
YOU KNOW WHEN TO COME GET US IF WE TAKE THE LOWER RUN? If you take your cell phone with you on the
trip, you can sometimes get a signal and call us when you get to the Goose Shoals Bridge
and let us know you’re back. Although a cell phone is a great thing to
have for safety reasons, we will not ask that you take one along, as it
could easily fall into the water and be destroyed. We do sell waterproof
bags to protect your valuables and we will also keep them for you in the
store if you like. If you do not carry a phone, we have to estimate a time
to pick you up. The 10-mile lower run is approximately 5-6 hours long and
we will estimate a pick-up time depending on the time we put you in the
water. We will allow longer times if you are going to be out fishing all
day. We may show up first or you may have to wait on us as the times are
just estimates and we cannot know how long or short of time it will take
you to reach the end. PLEASE be patient and understanding….we will try to
get to the end to pick you up at the scheduled time, unless we are backed
up on our end loading or unloading canoes.
DEEP IS THE WATER? Of course,
the depth of the water varies almost daily due to the rain (or lack of
it), but on average, most of the creek is anywhere from knee to ankle deep
with a few spots that are over your head…great for swimming!
FAST DOES THE WATER FLOW? Shoal
Creek is rated Class I, meaning it is fast moving water with small waves.
Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy. Again, all this varies
depending on the rain we have received (or lack of it). We reserve the
right to NOT rent canoes/kayaks if creek is flooded and we feel it is too
- CAN I
RENT PADDLES OR LIFE VESTS? No. We
have paddles and life vests for sale inside our store.
- CAN I
FISH AND WHAT TYPES OF FISH ARE IN SHOAL CREEK? Yes, fishing is allowed. You can catch small and
large mouth bass, black perch, catfish (NO trout). We sell live bait such
as night crawlers and we carry artificial bait and tackle as well. We
also sell hunting and fishing licenses.
- CAN I
BRING MY CHILDREN? Yes, of
course. We DO NOT encourage you to bring children under 3 years of age. We
have life vests to fit all sizes. BY STATE LAW, CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER MUST
WEAR A LIFE VEST AT ALL TIMES.
- DO I
HAVE TO WEAR A LIFE VEST? BY
STATE LAW, CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER MUST WEAR A LIFE VEST AT ALL
TIMES. For all others, life vests-if
not worn-MUST be in the boat with each person at all times or you WILL
be fined if caught by the game warden. We encourage EVERYONE to always
wear their life vest, as canoeing is a dangerous activity.
LIFE VESTS & PADDLES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRIPS? Yes, they’re included & we have vests to fit
- WHAT SHOULD WE BRING FOR OUR TRIP? Remember that you will be out in the sun for the
duration of your trip and it is important to prepare. Here are some items
that you should consider bringing: Water, sports drinks or at the least,
soft drinks; food; suntan lotion or sunblock; waterproof camera; hat or
visor and sunglasses. We have all these things for sale if you forget
them. The transportation and consumption of alcohol during the canoe/kayak
rental time frame is prohibited.
- CAN I
BRING MY PETS? Yes.
- CAN I
BRING COOLERS? Absolutely. You
can bring coolers of food and drinks for a picnic along the way. Some
people even bring small grills to grill hot dogs and burgers! We have a
café that offers a full breakfast every morning and lunch with a variety
of hot & cold sandwiches, homemade chicken strips, burgers &
barbecues that you can eat inside or take with you on your trip.
We also sell pre-packaged chips, candy bars, cookies, and can & bottle
drinks. We do not allow or sell alcoholic beverages. Canoeing is a
dangerous activity and should be attempted only when sober.
THERE ANYWHERE TO PULL OVER AND PICNIC? Yes, all along the way there are several sandbars that you can
pull over onto and picnic or just hang out and rest until you’re ready to
float again. Just remember to pack up all your garbage in your canoe
and dispose of it properly after your trip.
- CAN I
CAMP? Yes, we offer primitive
camping on our property for $5 per person ages 13 & over. Ages 12
& under are free. We do not charge for camping if you rent a canoe or
kayak from us that day. You may camp along the creek if not posted otherwise,
but you do so at your own risk. We do not have water or electrical hookups
on our property. There are no RV hookups here, but there are some in David Crockett
Park in Lawrenceburg, TN…about
30 minutes north. Their phone number is 931-762-9408.
- I HAVE
A LARGE GROUP…..DO I GET A DISCOUNT? Yes, we knock $5.00 off each canoe/kayak for a group of 10 or
- DO YOU
ACCEPT CHECKS OR CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS? Yes, we accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
We accept checks by the owner of the checking account ONLY. NO TWO PARTY
CHECKS! The check will be processed through our check scanner and the
amount will be debited from your account and your check will be handed
back to you. You will be required to sign & print your name and phone
number on a receipt for us to keep. Please be patient with this process.
This must be done for our protection to the high number of worthless
checks we have received in the past. Thanks for your understanding.
- CAN I
PREPAY FOR MY TRIP? YES! We
encourage people, especially large groups to get with all the people going
and collect their money before the day of the trip and either mail it to
us or bring it in one lump sum to our business on the day of the trip.
This encourages people not to back out at the last minute AND expedites
the process when you come in to pay. If you choose to mail the money to
us, you can send us the entire amount or half of it. The deposits you make
are NON-REFUNDABLE and in the case of inclement weather, we will issue you
a rain check. We encourage you to send a money order, but if you send
personal checks, we will hold them until the day of the trip and the owner
of the check must be present, as the check will be scanned for our
protection. We require the driver’s license number on the check to be
scanned. NO TWO PARTY CHECKS! Our mailing address is 470 Iron City Road, Iron City,
- DO YOU
HAVE GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE?
Yes. You can buy a gift certificate for any amount and they make great
- DO YOU
HAVE A WEBSITE OR EMAIL ADDRESS?
Our website is www.shoalcreekcanoerun.com
and our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check us out on Facebook. We encourage you to call
us at our business (931) 845-4991, toll-free 1-888-CANOE-80 to make reservations or ask any questions, as we may
not check our email every day.
- WHAT IS
YOUR MAILING ADDRESS? Our
mailing address is 470 Iron
City Road, Iron City, TN 38463.