Paddling Links and Resources

Alabama Clubs & Paddling Organizations

Alabama Cup Racing Association

The Alabama Cup Racing Association is responsible for holding the annual Mulberry and Locust Fork Canoe and Kayak races. If you haven't been to the races, you can't truly claim to be an Alabama boater. Information on scheduling and registration can be found on their web site.

Alabama Kayak Club

The Alabama Kayak Club is a whitewater club at the University of Alabama. AKC offers roll classes, provides gear, and leads trips to local runs in Alabama. They can be reached most easily on their Instagram or Facebook pages for more information.

Auburn Whitewater Club

The Auburn Whitewater Club is another student run organization, recently formed at Auburn University. They can be reached via their Instagram page.

Birmingham Canoe Club

The Birmingham Canoe Club has been a staple in the AL WW scene for decades. They offer classes and trips, and own and maintain the takeout property for the Mulberry Fork. More information can be found on their web site.

Coosa Paddling Club

The Coosa paddling club is another long-standing organization and is one of the main reasons there are still boatable flows in the Coosa year-round. Though they are still active, they don't have much of an online presence, so you'll have to get in contact with these folks the old-fashioned way.

Huntsville Canoe Club

The Huntsville Canoe Club has been around nearly as long as BCC, and offers similar benefits to people in the greater Huntsville area. More information can be found on their web site.

Kayak Club at UAB

The University of Alabama at Birmingham recently formed a student kayaking organization, offering classes and trips. They can be contacted via their Facebook page.

Misfit Paddlers

The Misfits are a group based out of Florence / Muscle Shoals, often running trips on local water. This welcoming group organizes mostly via their Facebook page.


While not technically a club, StreamBeam is a grassroots non-profit which is bringing whitewater into the digital age by installing internet-capable stream gauges on favorite local runs. They are fully member-supported, so thank them for their efforts by joining on their web site.

Outfitters and Instruction

Downhill Kayaking

Founded by local legend Adam Goshorn, Downhill Kayaking offers a variety of kayaking equipment such as new and used boats, PFDs, etc. Call Adam at (256) 516 2016 to set up a one-on-one appointment in beautiful Mentone.

North Alabama Paddling Adventures

Alabama C-boating extraodinaire Jerrod Jones offers whitewater instruction through his company, North Alabama Paddling Adventures. He is also an authorized Silverbirch dealer, and get get you into a new canoe any time you want. Visit his Facebook page for more information.

Terrapin Outdoor Center

The Terrapin Outdoor Center is situated on Terrapin Creek, near Piedmont, AL. They run a rental service on the creek for recreational boats, but also offer a full selection of whitewater boats and gear. Visit their web site for further details.

Recreational Boat Rental

Coosa River Adventures

Coosa River Adventures rents recreational boats on the Coosa river for a reasonable price. Call them to make a reservation, but make sure the flow is scheduled to be above 4,000 cfs or you'll be in for a long day.

Conservation Organizations

Alabama Rivers Alliance

Alabama Water Watch

Black Warrior Riverkeeper

Cahaba River Society

Coosa River Basin Innitiative

Friends of the Locust Fork

How's My Waterway

Rivers of Alabama

Other State and National Guides

American Whitewater - US, Canada, and Mexico

Boating Beta - Asheville, NC

California Creeks

Idaho Whitewater

Oregon Kayaking

Ozark Whitewater - Ozark & Ouachita Mountains, AR

UK Rivers Guidebook

Waldens Ridge Whitewater - Waldens Ridge, TN

Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians - an amazing set of guidebooks by Kirk Eddlemon