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.
Spring hours coming soon!
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 +1865-523-0066 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 materials are provided. Visit the Events 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. There is no lifeguard on duty, so please watch your children and stay in within this area to ensure your safety and that of others enjoying the lake.