When is Flatwoods Canoe Base Open?

We are open 7 days a week May till October. Our hours of operation are Sunday – Friday open at 8am and Saturday open at 7am. For early morning floats, call ahead. Our last pick-up of the day is 7:00pm. To set up Floats before May 1 and after October 31 call and reserve in advance.


  • Try not to tip over-but if you do, don’t panic.
  • Plan two people to a canoe for the most fun and comfort.
  • No more than two children per canoe.
  • ALWAYS wear your shoes.
  • Landings are not always clearly marked.
  • Know where you are getting out. Wear your life jackets.
  • Grip your paddle with one hand on the shaft to guide the direction and the other hand on top of the shaft handle to push.
  • Put the strongest person in the back of your canoe.
  • Secure eyeglasses, coolers, etc. with string. Take care of your keys.
  • Keep dry items in a waterproof container.
  • Bring a change of clothes.
  • Please don’t litter the river. Keep trash with you.  It will be collected at the end of your trip.
  • You may also want to remember to bring a camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent or anything to add to your enjoyment of the day.
  • Come and enjoy the fun of a relaxing trip on the river. Flatwoods Canoe Base has all the essentials you need. Just be sure to bring your sense of adventure and a big desire for a good time!


From Nashville:
Take I-40 West from Nashville to exit 143, Linden – Waverly.
Turn left travel south on Hwy. 13 for about 35 miles to Flatwoods.
Flatwoods Canoe Base is on the left hand side.
Flatwoods Canoe Base is on the left in the middle of Flatwoods, directly on Highway 13.

From Jackson Tennessee take I-40 East to Law road (Highway 152 South).
Go about one mile to Highway 412. Turn left and go East on 412 through
Lexington, Parsons and into Linden. At the 4-way stop in Linden, turn
right onto Highway 13 South. Travel 12 miles down Hwy. 13 into
Flatwoods. We are on the left side of the road.

From Florence, Alabama take Highway 17 North, which turns into TN
Highway 13 North. Stay on 13, when you cross Bell Bridge, you have 6
more miles. We are 20 miles North of Waynesboro. Come into Flatwoods,
you will see us on the right.

From Chattanooga the fastest route is to take I-24 North to 96 West out
of Murfreesboro. Then take 65 South to 412 West (The Columbia exit).
Take 412 W. into Linden. At the 4-way stop in Linden turn left on to
Highway 13 South. We are located 10 miles South of Linden, in
Flatwoods, on the left side of Hwy. 13.


Please fill out all forms to make a reservation. All reservations made online must be made 4-10 days in advance. We will contact you with your confirmation. Call 931-589-5661 if last minute reservations are needed.

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Requested Date Of Your Trip mm/dd/yy (required)

Type Of Float Requesting Part 1 (required)
 4 Mile 10 Mile 14 Mile Over Night Trip

Type Of Float Requesting Part 2 (required)
 Canoe Kayak Tube

How Many Canoes, Kayaks and Tubes (Total) Do You Need (required)

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Canoe or Double Kayak          1-9 units     10-24 units         25+ units
Single Day 10 or 14 mile             $38.00          $35.00                $30.00
Single Day 4 mile                        $28.00          $26.00                $24.00
Overnight Float 18-22 mile         $60.00
Overnight Float 14 mile              $50.00
Three Day Floats                          $75.00 per canoe

Single Kayak
Single Day Float                        $25.00
Overnight                                  $45.00
Three Day Float                         $55.00
Tube Rental                               $10.00 per unit per day

Canoe Rental is for two adults.
A third rider over 12 is an extra $5.00.

Shuttles are included with the R9ental Price. But if you are using your own canoe or kayak, we can shuttle your vehicle for you. Prices range from $10.00 for a local float to $50.00+ for long distances.

To reserve your next float call (931) 589-5661 or reserve online today!


Float the Buffalo River with Flatwoods Canoe Base

Float Choices for a one day float:

  • 4 mile- Slink Shoals to Flatwoods Bridge- takes an average of 2-4 hours.
    Start this float as late as 3:00pm.
  • 10 mile- Bell Bridge to Slink Shoals- takes an average of 4-6 hours.
    Start this float as late as 12:00pm.
  • 14 mile- Bell Bridge to Flatwoods Bridge- takes an average of 6-8 hours.
    You need to start out on the 14 mile day float by 10:00am. The 14 mile makes a great overnight float.

Float Choices for a two day or overnight float:

  • 14 mile- Bell Bridge to Flatwoods Bridge- average paddle time- 6 hours.
  • 18 mile- Topsy Bridge to Slink Shoals- average paddle time- 8 hours.
  • 22 mile- Topsy Bridge to Flatwoods Bridge- average paddle time 10 hours.

To reduce wait times we schedule the longer overnights around our morning rush. Please reserve in advance.

The last pick-up time, every day, for all floats is 7:00pm.

To reserve your next float call (931) 589-5661 or reserve online today!