Kayaking on the Powell River in Eastern Tennessee

Ready to Launch

Ready to Launch

A leisurely drift on the Powell River

A leisurely drift on the Powell River

Kayaks are a wonderful way to be out on the Powell River which borders Well Being Conference Center for 2.5 miles. Kayaks are quiet, stable, and easy to paddle.


River Frontage at Well Being Conference Center

The Well Being Conference Center property is a 160 acre peninsula nearly surrounded by the Powell River. Kayaks can be launched from one side of the property, paddled for 2.5 miles downstream, and you will be only 200 yards overland from where you started. With prior arrangement, we can also coordinate longer trips on the river. For example, there is a put-in point that is 15 miles upstream which is about a 4 to 6 hour paddle, depending on how much lollygagging there is along the way and how fast the river is that day.

A hazy day kayaking on the Powell River

A hazy day kayaking on the Powell River

We have 9 single kayaks of various sizes; one double kayak; and one canoe. The kayaks are all polyethylene and don’t mind a few bumps if you hit a rock. If you’ve never been in a kayak before, they are very stable – more stable than a canoe – and very easy to get the hang of.

Rental Pricing

For guests staying in Well Being cabins, there is no charge for use of the kayaks.

There is a $35 charge for transporting one or two boats approximately 13 river miles upstream; $45 for 3 or 4 boats.

The kayaks and canoe are available to day visitors making prior arrangements at the following rates:

Boats will generally be available for launch between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. Rates are as follows:

Single Kayaks: $25
Double Kayak: $45
Canoe: $45

Note: Please call at least 24 hours in advance for all boat rentals.


Resting on the Powell River


Note: Life jackets are available and are required to be worn by everyone. Children under the age of 18 require a responsible adult to stay with them during the paddle. Children under 13 years of age must be with a responsible adult in the same boat. Children under 9 years old are not permitted in the boats. You will be charged for any lost or damaged equipment. Kayaking downstream of our property is not allowed (it’s not possible to paddle back upstream if you miss the take-out spot). It is also possible to paddle in the calm waters on the East side of the property and return to the same put-in point. River shoes or old sneakers are recommended. Anyone in any of the boats must be able to swim. Remember, you are responsible for your own safety.

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Rock Cliffs on the Powell River

Nick in Kayak in Rapids

Kayak Negotiating Fast Water on the Powell River