May 12, 2024

Mother’s Day Paddle on the Wolf River

Mother’s Day Paddle on the Wolf River
Mother’s Day Paddle on the Wolf River
Mother’s Day Paddle on the Wolf River

Mother’s Day on the River

Germantown Parkway to Walnut Grove Road

(A public event, membership not required)

Sunday, May 12, 2023

Arrival Time: 12:30 PM  End Time:  5:00 PM (approx.) 

Surprise your mom, mother, meemaw, or granny with a memorable trip down the Wolf River. Our river guides will accompany you and your loved ones on a paddle down one of the most serene sections of the suburban Wolf River. 

This delightful three-and-a-half-mile stretch of the Wolf River runs parallel to the Shelby Farms trails on the right bank and the Wolf River Greenway Trail on the left bank. The north bank is lined with fully mature hardwood trees that conceal Shelby Farms's hiking and biking trails. The south bank provides a lush natural buffer zone between the river and the commercial establishments along Wolf River and Humphrey’s Boulevard in the bustling communities of Germantown and Memphis. During our trip, we'll stop at various points to stretch our legs on the sandbars and enjoy the company of others on the adventure.

Requirements and Recommendations :

  • No prior paddle experience required  
  • Must be physically able to paddle  
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian  
  • Participants are required to wear a US Coast Guard-approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)No exceptions to the PFD requirements    
  • Children must wear child-size approved PFDs  
  • If you are renting a craft, the outfitter will include an approved PFD in the rental package.
  • PDF's must be Properly worn and securely fastened at all times 
  • Please Review River Paddling FAQs and Safety information before registering for a paddle.
  • Please Review Interactive Map before registering for a paddle before registering

What to Bring :

  • Wear quick-dry (exercise-like) clothing
  • Protect yourself from the sun with clothing or sunscreen.
  • Shoes should securely attach to your feet and offer protection. The Wolf loves to consume Crocs, sandals, and flip-flops.
  • Bring snacks, bug spray, and sunscreen.  
  • A full liter of water per person recommended 
  • Disclaimer: The Wolf loves to consume cameras and other electronic equipment. 

Trip Leader and Guides :

Your trip leader will be Mike Dawkins, a Certified WRC River Guide. Lee Gallagher and other WRC River Guides will assist him. The guides will ensure a safe, enjoyable, and entertaining trip.

 Paddle Equipment and Shuttles : 

  • For those equipped with boats: Arrive at noon to unload your equipment and participate in the vehicle shuttle to the take-out. Vehicle shuttles will be arranged both before the paddle and after.  The last pre-float shuttle will leave the Germantown Parkway put-in by 12:30 pm.
  • For those renting boats: We recommend Mike Dawkins as the outfitter for the job. You can get in touch with him by email at or by phone/text at (901) 485-2531. Once you've registered for the paddle, it's important to contact Mike early to reserve your equipment and discuss your options. Make sure to arrange all the necessary details in advance to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Parking Disclaimer: You are welcome to park your vehicle at the Put-in and Take-out parking areas. However, WRC is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property, whether on or off the water.

If you have questions about the trip, contact Jim Gafford at 901.573.2353 (cell/text) or email 

We look forward to seeing you on the river!

Location / Directions

Event Date / Time

Sunday, May 12, 2024
12:30 pm
5:00 pm

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Mother’s Day Paddle on the Wolf River
May 12, 2024 12:30 PM
May 12, 2024 5:00 PM
Germantown Parkway to Walnut Grove Rd
Surprise Mom, Mother, Meemaw, or even Granny with a very special Mother's Day gift: a trip down the Wolf River.