Collins River 13 Mile Paddle (Cool Weather Paddle)

This paddle is for well-experienced paddlers, only. No exceptions. Click here to read the guidelines for cold weather paddling before you sign on.

Join us on this little-trafficked gem on the Southwest edge of the Cumberland Plateau. The Collins begins at the confluence of numerous creeks around Beersheba Springs. As it follows the Beersheba Highway north, the channel gathers springwaters and runoff from tributaries and makes its way through McMinnville, eventually joining the Caney Fork River to form a reservoir dammed at Great Falls - the beginnings of Rock Island State Park and Center Hill Lake.

I haven't paddled this water in November before, so really I have no idea what we'll see. It's entirely possible we may encounter one of those monstrously large muskies we hear about.

We may also encounter downed trees we'll have to port over and that is why this paddle is for highly active, experienced paddlers only.


This will be a 13 mile paddle with decent current. Dress for cold water: Hydroskin with layers, wetsuit, or drysuit.


Things to Bring:

• an extra set of clothes, in a drybag

• rescue rope

• thermos of warm liquid if you have one

• 32 oz water or other hydrating liquid.

• snack/lunch

• hat

• change of clothes in your car for post-paddle food & drink.

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  • Mary

    Beautiful river + Great group of people to enjoy it with = Great day.

    November 19, 2012

  • Dennis

    Thanks for introducing +1 to the Collins, Mary. What beautiful green water! Dennis enjoyed seeing the red fox. We should all sleep well tonight.

    November 18, 2012

  • Laurie B.

    We saw deer, a red fox, an eagle, turtles and lots of squirrels. All in all, it was fantastic.

    November 18, 2012

  • Katherine F

    HAPPY too! Been wanting to paddle this river for a long time!

    November 17, 2012

    • Mary

      and so you shall ...

      November 17, 2012

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