Question: Do I have to make a reservation?
YES! We require 24hr advanced notice for all reservations. Call 304-722-3055 to reserve today. We ask that you pay by credit card when you make your reservation.
Question: What kind of boats do you have?
Our rental fleet consists of 30 ocean-style "sit-on" kayaks. These boats (shown in the picture above) are very stable, easy to maneuver, and are perfect for beginners. We also have two Stand-up Paddleboards for rent by the hour.
Question: What do we provide?
Our rental service provides everything you need to enjoy your day out on the river. The service includes the boat, shuttle to the put in area, paddle, and life jacket.
Question: Where does your shuttled trip go?
We take you upstream to the Lock 4 put-in at Alum Creek. Then you float 7 miles downstream to end at Meadowood Park in Tornado.
Question: I've never kayaked before. Is that ok?
The Coal River from Lock 4 to Meadowood Park is a very beginner-friendly trip suited experienced and beginner paddlers alike. We rent to many first-time paddlers, so don't worry if you're new to kayaking! We provide a basic paddling lesson to new kayakers.
Question: Is this a guided trip?
No, when at the put in site one of our crew members will give easy instructions for kayaking and paddler safety. The crew will always explain the details of the trip. Also do not worry about getting lost, the trip you will be taking is a straight shot back to the cabin located in Tornado.
Question: Can I rent a boat and take it elsewhere?
Yes, we allow "grab & go" rentals.If you choose to do the grab n go rental service you will be provided with everything you need as usual but you will to haul the boat to your own location. Grab n Go follows the same prices as regular rental service. All Grab n Go customers must pay by credit card.
Question: How old do you have to be?
The minimum age requirement for our service is 5 and up.
Question: Can I bring my dog?
We don't recommend bringing your furry friend along for the float due to the size of the kayak, but paddlers have in the past and it is allowed.
Question: Is there room to fit a cooler on the kayaks?
Yes! There is room for a small cooler on the back of each kayak along with bungee cords to keep it in place.
Question: Approximately how long does 7 mile trip from Lock 4 back to Meadowood Park take?
It takes 2-4 hours depending on how much you paddle and how often you stop to eat, swim, or fish.
Question: Do we have to pay when we make the reservation?
For all Grab n Go's we require you to pay when you make the reservation with a credit card. No cash payments will be accepted for a grab and go rental, no exceptions. For shuttle trips we require you to pay when making the reservation with a card or at the time of the rental with cash or check.
Question: What are the prices?
(Additional tips for our interns are appreciated)
Coal River Kayak Rentals