Canoe and Kayak the Little River - River Johns Outfitters near Townsend, Tennessee

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Parking & Portage Fees
At this time, River Johns is not renting canoes or providing shuttle services. If you have your own canoe or kayak, there is parking and portage for a fee.
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Each year, we are open starting in May through the end of October.
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The Trip Down the Little River
From Perry's Mill Dam to River John's down the river is approximately 7 1/2 miles. For those who are set on paddling straight through the trip, you can make it in 3 to 3 and 1/2 hours. Most people take a little longer and enjoy stopping from time to time along the river. There are rope swings over the river in some places but we caution you to beware and if you do use the swings you will be doing so at your own risk. Taking a snack or lunch and stopping to eat on the river bank is enjoyed by some, so again, whatever your pleasure... just be careful.

  The Little River
The major portion of the river you will be traveling is calm and serene (class I rapids - easy). Then we have the occasional places in the river where small rapids can be quite thrilling. If you are looking for rapids which are dangerous in nature then this is not the canoe trip for you. Just about anyone of any age can make this trip and have a great time doing so. We cater to those who's pace on the river is a little slower and want to enjoy the river, it's banks covered with flora and fauna, turtles, birds and the occasional glimpse of other wildlife.