About Us

Stand Up Paddle & Pedal Boards and Kayaks

Taking water sports in Natchitoches to new levels of outdoor adventure and excitement.

Fun for all ages

Providing a rental fleet of kayaks and stand up paddle and pedal boards that are easy to operate and have good performance.

About Us

   Cane River Paddle and Pedal Sports opened in the fall of 2016 in historic Natchitoches, La.  Our operation features a riverbank rental location for paddleboards and kayaks. Our mission is to promote outdoor recreation, education, fun and fitness on the beautiful Cane River lake, nearby Sibley lake, Black lake, Saline Bayou as well as other nearby water resources.

     The spring of 2018 will see the roll out of new programs that include; a paddle club, stand up paddleboard(aka. SUP) and kayak classes, paddlefit training, SUP yoga, intro to racing and ECO tours.

     We are dedicated to developing a community of paddling and pedaling enthusiasts with whom we can have fun, share adventure and camaraderie as well as our knowledge & experience.


Julia Kiefer

Co-founder/owner, Julia has lived in & out of Natchitoches for 40 years.  She has 40+ years experience in retail sales, event planning, marketing, buying & social networking.  Julia has owned and operated numerous retail businesses, including; Brides & Formals by Julia, The Admiral Steamboat House B & B as well as Coleman Chrysler, Plymouth & Dodge in Natchitoches.  Julia manages the day to day operations of the Cane River Paddle & Pedal Sports retail shop on Front St.  She also buys the apparel and accessories found in the shop.

Gerry Kiefer

 Co-founder/owner, Gerry recently retired as an oil & gas exploration geologist/geophysicist.  His love of outdoor recreation began as a young boy in S. Louisiana and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he learned to sail, swim, crab, fish, hunt and ride horseback.  He continued his passion for adventure into adulthood through scuba diving, surfing, snow skiing, bicycling, hang gliding and sailplanes.  He is an avid soaring pilot and holds a glider license.  He fell in love with paddleboarding in 2016 and recently earned a Paddlefit Coach certification.  He is also a former Marine and a life-long fitness aficionado.  Gerry buys the boards, boats and gear for the company's water operations as well as finds, explores and develops the ECO tours and plans promotional events.  He will be the primary instructor for beginner thru intermediate paddleboarding and kayaking as well as the Paddlefit training coach and sailing instructor.

Jennifer Sheffield

Jennifer will be our yoga instructor starting in April.


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