Paddle & Swim
For many folks, Ijams is synonymous with water. Whether it’s cooling off in Toll Creek, exploring Mead’s Quarry Lake by boat, or taking in the scenic view of the Tennessee River, visitors have been enjoying the waterscapes of Ijams for decades.
Paddle at Ijams
MEAD’S QUARRY RENTALS FROM RIVER SPORTS OUTFITTERS
One of the most popular activities at Ijams is paddling on Mead’s Quarry Lake. In partnership with River Sports Outfitters, visitors can rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards to get a better look at the amazing views of this historic marble quarry.
Closed Monday - Thursday
3-8 pm Friday
10 am-8 pm Saturday
10 am-6 pm Sunday
Canoe, kayak, and paddleboard
PLEASE NOTE: Private boats are NOT PERMITTED on Mead’s Quarry Lake.
Please visit River Sports Outfitters' Facebook page for closings due to weather. You also can call River Sports at +1865-696-0806 for the most current information.
All participants must complete and sign a waiver to rent a boat from River Sports Outfitters. EVERYONE under the age of 18 MUST HAVE this waiver signed by a parent/guardian. All participants will be issued a Personal Flotation Device (life vest) along with appropriate paddling equipment.
NATURALIST-LED KAYAK PROGRAMS
See nature from a new perspective: On the Tennessee River! Ijams offers monthly kayaking programs led by an Ijams naturalist from May to September. These programs are not recommended for first-time kayakers. All equipment is provided. Visit the Event Calendar for program details.
Swim at Ijams
MEAD'S QUARRY LAKE
The designated swimming area of this spring-fed quarry lake is a great place to cool off.
This area is swim-at-your-own-risk and there are no lifeguards on duty.
The quarry lake is deep with sudden drop-offs. Please watch children and use caution to ensure your safety and that of others enjoying the lake.
Jumping from cliffs, rock ledges, or rock outcroppings is strictly prohibited.
Please observe physical distancing to lessen the transmission of COVID-19.