Even the drive up here is beautiful- rolling hills and farm country. This is a beautiful river with many swimming holes and beaches. Ask for a 20$ kayak, which in my opinion, is more fun than the canoe. Try to go on a weekday, as there are many crowds on the weekends. But they are closed on Wed and Thurs. I usually am the only one in a kayak on that section of the river.. everyone else chooses to go innertube style. They usually bring radios and beer; but they are friendly nevertheless. I recommend a wide brimmed hat and lots of extra drinking water. You can pull up your canoe or kayak and go for a walk, as the water is not that fast, unless it just rained. There are many shallow, beautiful areas. also, I have found a spring, which is a good stopping place, nestled amongst trees. There is a snowball stand. You may need help getting out of the flotation device of your choice, onto the dock. They are always there to help, waiting for you to return, and help you out of the water. Wayne rides his motorboat up and down the river late afternoon. I heartily recommend the kayak, especially ask for the "molded seat" kayak. This one in very comfortable, more than the strap held seats. Wayne's world is closed during winter, but for a longer drive, go to Black Creek Canoe and Kayak in Mississippi. They are open, but call for a reservation. You can meet Wayne and his wife and son and daughter in law They sell water and waterproof bags (expensive) with velcro closures.. This is good for a camera.