Top 10 Reasons to Attend Rendezvous!

10. Trips for all levels, from glass lakes to class 4.

No matter what your paddling experience, there’s a trip for you. The Cumberland Plateau and surrounding areas are a paddler’s paradise – from easy flat water to class 4 creeks. Most trips are planned the night before in the wigwam. Show up each morning around 8 a.m. to sign up for posted trips and talk with trip leaders. Interested in leading or providing support for a trip? Contact Jack Lyle.


9. Trips for non-boaters.

Don’t paddle (yet)? No worries. There are daytime options for you too: easy to challenging hikes, biking trips, leisurely paddles across the lake in crafts provided by Camp Nakanawa, nature hikes, climbing, fishing and more. Some will be led, or feel free to venture out on your own. The wigwam is cozy place to catch up on your favorite book. If you want to be close to the paddling action but not actually hit the water, volunteer to be a shuttle bunny.


8. Bag a personal PFD (personal first descent).

Got a specific run on your bucket list? Rendezvous is great time to tackle it with experienced boaters who know the lines. Many have swift water rescue and instructor training. Not only will you have an experienced trip leader but also an array of support. Of course, specific trips are water-dependent, so check out American Whitewater or talk to local boaters who know which rock has to be covered for a section to be runnable.


7. Demo that new boat you've been dying to try.

Caney Fork Outdoors will be providing both whitewater and recreational demo boats. You can take one down to the lake for a quick test drive, or check one out for the entire day (one boat per person, so as many as possible get the chance to try one). Demo boats will be displayed near the wigwam. See Gary Weatherford or Mike Arvidson for details.



6. Jackson Kayak door prizes.

All registered participants will have a chance to win two Jackson kayaks (a whitewater Antix and a recreational Tupelo 12.5). Your registration packet will include two door prize tickets (one for each boat). Complete and drop them in the container on the registration table. Winners will be announced Saturday night during the live auction. You don’t have to be present to win, but winners must pick up their boats Sunday morning. Yes, it’s possible to win both boats…if you’re really lucky!


5. Great place to score new and great used gear – while supporting a great cause.

Bid on some awesome items in our live auction (Saturday night), ranging from paddling and outdoor gear to handcrafted art to weekend getaways…and everything in between. Score some great deals on gently (and sometimes not-so-gently) used gear in our silent auction (starting Friday night). Proceeds benefit TSRA’s efforts in river conservation and access, and make it possible for the volunteer-run organization to provide schools, clinics and other benefits to its members.


4. Sell your gear.

Need to make room for all the new gear you plan to buy at the auction? You couldn’t find a better audience for your boats and accessories for sale or trade. Generally, boats for sale are displayed outside the wigwam.



3. Camp Nakanawa.

Located just 80 or so miles east of Nashville, Camp Nakanawa (a girls’ summer camp) is a beautiful setting for Rendezvous base camp. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, Nakanawa enjoys the fresh, mountain air of the Cumberland Plateau. Early risers can catch a sunrise across the lake, and the brave can take a dive off the dock. Canoes and paddleboats are available to borrow for a cruise across the lake. And camp hosts Ann and Pepe and their dedicated staff always ensure an enjoyable stay.


2. Get a Woody.

Original handcrafted paddling-themed art by our own James Woodall (Woody) will be available for sale and in the live auction Saturday night. You’re nobody ‘til you own a Woody!



1. Fellowship with fun-loving people.

Paddling is just part of the fun of Rendezvous. The TSRA family is a fun, welcoming group of people of all ages and interests. It’s a great opportunity to meet friends and future paddling partners from all over the southeast and beyond.




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