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Sandhill Crane Kayak Tour around Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

December 9, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and guest Kevin Calhoon, “Curator of Forests”  (and bird expert) for Tennessee Aquarium for a guided and equipped kayak tour at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge to view the migrating Sandhill Cranes and the occasional White Pelican. 

Peak season for Sandhill Cranes is between the 3rd week in December to the 2nd week in February.  The Hiwassee Refuge is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers about one hour north of Chattanooga near the town of Birchwood.

The group will explore the perimeter of the 400-acre Hiwassee Island by kayak in search of wildlife with Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced guides. The wildlife refuge area attracts a variety of birds due to its combination of cultivated, forested, and interior wetlands and Sandhill Cranes begin to migrate here in November. 

All kayak equipment and the guided tour is included in the price. We utilize recreational kayaks that fit most body types (kayak weight limit is 250). Splash skirts are also provided. Previous kayak experience is helpful due to the colder time of year, but not necessary to participate. Appropriate for ages 16 and up when accompanied by a participating adult.

Cost: $35 per person.
Registration and payment are required in advance as space is limited. Click here to register online.


December 9, 2023
8:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
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