Bathing Suit / Activewear
Sunscreen / Sunglasses / Hat
Shoes (that can get wet)
Water and Snacks
Plastic or Dry Bag

Before your trip, you'll need to sign the waiver and rental agreement.
Feel free to download, review, and sign beforehand for faster check-in.


Metro Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers require you to wear one AT ALL TIMES on the Cumberland River.

First Aid

Our employees are First Aid / CPR certified. The van is also equipped with an AED.


We strongly recommend you know how to swim before taking this trip.

Look for signs

Pay attention to all safety warnings. Stay to the right when paddling unless crossing.

Inform Others

Tell others about your travel plans.

BE Aware

Avoid fallen trees, undercut rocks or anything else that allows the current to flow through it while holding you.

Stay Seated

Do not stand up and avoid weight shifts that may cause the boat to capsize.


We welcome pets if they have a leash and pet PFD (life jacket).

No Glass

Cans and plastic bottles are a-ok. Remember to pack out anything you bring!

Bring water

There is very little shade on the river so stay hydrated!

Sun protection

This could be sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, an umbrella, or all of the above!


Small coolers will fit on the back of the kayaks. Bring plenty of water and/or snacks. No glass containers allowed.


Leave valuables at home. You can leave your stuff in the van but RQV is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Children between 10-13 must ride in a tandem with an adult. Children under 10 will not be admitted.


We run rain or shine. We are required to cancel for severe weather (lightning, above 100℉).