With so many things to do on the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, the hardest part will be choosing which to do first. One of the most popular activities on the Refuge is paddling down the river and along the Refuge.

Whether it’s canoeing or kayaking, there are plenty of points along the Refuge to get in and out of the water. Check out our Recreation page to see the put in/take out points available to you right now. Make sure to check our Current River Conditions page for up-to-date, daily forecasts along the river to make sure the river is navigable.

All activities on the Refuge are FREE and OPEN to the public. There is no entrance fee. The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk year-round.

For a complete guide to paddling on the Refuge, check back soon!


What To Bring With You:

  • Tennis Shoes, Water Socks or River Type Sandals
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Quick Drying Clothes (Shorts or Swimsuit & T-shirt)
  • Rain Gear, Sweater or Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Change of Clothing


Tips for a Good Trip:

  • Use watertight containers to put things in you want to keep dry while on the river.
  • Wear your life jacket at all times to maximize safety.
  • Use a glasses saver strap to keep your glasses from going for a swim.
  • Respect fellow paddlers, fisherman and any personal property owners along the river.
  • Choose a paddle of proper size.
  • Take a litter bag with you and use it.
  • Check out the Refuge information and know where you are headed.
  • And most importantly, have a blast on the Refuge!


All paddling is free and open to the public. For a list of river access points (put ins/take outs), please view our Recreation page.