Occasion on with boats from Out of doors Recreation | Information


With summer temperatures typically exceeding the 90s and the associated temperatures even hotter, there are few cooler places than on the water.

No wonder that recreational and fishing boats are so popular at outdoor recreation.

Outdoor Recreation Managers Tom Pyburn and Deputy Manager Ken Pitcher said the facility’s four Sun Tracker “party barge” pontoon boats and six bass boats are hot summer items.

“We love the party boats,” said Pitcher. “You have the canopy over your head so you can get the sun protection.”

The pontoon boats are 20 feet long and can hold up to 10 people, or 1,300 pounds, but Pitcher said they “comfortably” seat six adults.

Six Bass Tracker Pro boats can also be rented. They are 16 feet long, have three seats, and are equipped with a trolling motor.

A boating license is recommended but isn’t required to rent a boat from Outdoor Recreation, Pitcher said. Individuals without a marine license are required to watch a 20-minute safety video approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Reservations for boats can be made up to 90 days in advance. Pontoons will be booked on weekends through the end of July, but weekday bookings will still be available, Pitcher said.

Trailers are also rented but can only be used with vehicles that are approved for towing and equipped with a two-inch tow ball, Pyburn said.

For those who wish to stay on the property, there are two boat docks in the Hudson and Posey Recreation Areas on the south side of the Arsenal on the Tennessee River.

Boats are fully fueled when checking out and should be fully fueled when they are returned.

Life jackets of all sizes and personal “throwable” flotation devices are provided with the boat rental, Pitcher said.

Canoes, which used to be rented from Outdoor Recreation, have been less popular and will be sold along with other outdoor gear on a special sale at the property June 28-30.

Canoes, 20×30 outdoor canopies, and eight-foot grills on trailers are among the items that are sold. Pyburn said prices are clearly marked and fixed.

The sale coincides with the new opening hours of Outdoor Recreation on the week of June 28th, when the facility is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It is only open for sale on June 29th and 30th and will resume regular operations on July 1st.

Pyburn said the cut was necessary because of staff shortages.

The Outdoor Recreation is located in Building 5139 on Sportsman Road and will maintain its current opening hours of 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday. For more information, please call 256-876-4868.