Sandhill Crane Kayak Tour at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

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A guided kayak tour running November through February to see and hear all of the calls and dances of the wintering sandhill cranes. This is the best winter paddling trip in Tennessee.


Witness the cranes in their warmer winter environment as they escape the brutal cold of Alaska and Northern Canada. The shallow warm waters of the Tennessee River around Hiwassee Island provide excellent overwintering and feeding areas for the cranes. Use our binoculars and enjoy the sights and sound of the sandhill cranes on this eco kayak tour.

Our winter paddle mittens, waterproof jacket, and drip skirt will keep you nice and warm out on the water.

We also provide hot chocolate or apple cider before your adventure begins. 


This trip is a fun way to meet new friends or get your old friends off of the couch to try something new.

The Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival is held on January 15-16, 2022. This is a great time to join us on a kayak tour as there will be plenty of free activities after your kayak tour for you to participate in.   The festival runs from 8 am to 4 pm daily.


Equipment Provided:





Group throw-bag 

Group towline

Group first aid kit

Kayak light


Poagies Neoprene Mittens


Waterproof Birding Id Cards

Personal Gear:Synthetic clothing layers
1-liter water bottle

Trip Duration:3 hours
All trips are on Eastern Standard time

Fitness Level: All abilities

Price:$79 per guest