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Barton's Beach at Perry Lakes Park on the Cahaba River. Photo by Beth Stewart.

Guided Canoe Trip: Overnight Tour in Perry County

Below Centreville, the Cahaba River is much wider and more meandering than the stretches in the central and northern regions of the watershed. Late Cretaceous melting of ice caps led to what is known as the Mississippi Embayment, a shallow sea that covered much of the southeastern US. As these waters receded they left behind soils that were much sandier and more easily eroded. The edge of this 65 million year old sea is called the “Fall Line” in Alabama. It is the boundary between the harder rocks of the Appalachian Highlands and the softer soils of the Coastal Plain. As the Cahaba River reaches these soft soils in the Coastal Plain, it is able to stretch and meander across the landscape more easily, leading to a wider river. The roughly 12 mile stretch we will paddle this weekend is as scenic and remote as any state wilderness area. The land along the river holds beautifully intact riparian forest leading to some spectacular wildlife.

For those who wish to caravan from Birmingham, we will  meet in the parking lot of Amped Fitness at the Colonnade at 8:30am and drive to the put in location.

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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. 


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.


Event Details


  • Name: Cahaba River Society
  • Phone: (205) 322-5326
  • Email: info@cahabariversociety.org
  • Website: View Organizer Website


Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
9518 Cahaba Rd
Orville,AL36767United States
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