Guided Canoe Trip: Moonlight in the Lilies–RESERVATIONS FULL!
SORRY, THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY FULL AND RESERVATIONS ARE CLOSED.
Cahaba River Society offers guided float trips on the Cahaba River. We can supply canoes, paddles, life jackets, and a naturalist with the expertise to allow you a unique, up-close experience with the Cahaba River.
On this tour, you will experience the Cahaba lilies by moonlight. These unique plants have evolved to attract a nighttime pollinator, the sphinx moth. Their stunning white blossoms glow beneath the moonlight and evening is when they release the aroma of their nectar. This night time tour will allow you to see the lilies in a whole new light.
Cahaba Lily Tours are vigorous outings. They involve wading both upstream and downstream on a rocky river bottom, and paddling both upstream and downstream in shoals. Participants should wear sturdy shoes. If a participant has mobility issues, this should be discussed with a Cahaba River Society representative before requesting a reservation.
The Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge is about a 45 minute drive from Birmingham.
How much does it cost?
We request a donation for each person over the age of 12 for the use of our boats and equipment and to cover staff time.
Requested Donation Levels:
- Donation for members: $20*
- Donation for non-members: $40 (includes membership)*
- Children under 12: No charge, but everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
*Donation must be made at the time of reservation either online or over the phone.
Life vests are required for all participants.
RESERVATIONS ARE FULL. Please call 205-322-5326 to be added to the wait list so that we can contact you if a spot becomes available.
Policies for Educational Outings
- You must request a reservation by clicking the links above or calling 205-322-5326 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Space on trips is given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Once a trip is full, you may request to be added to a wait list and notified of cancellations.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.org.