The Story of Paddle Dog Adventures

Paddle Dog Adventures is a recreational organization that specializes in self-powered watercraft operating on Westhaven Lake and the Harpeth River in Franklin, TN.  

Wait....that's pretty stuffy. What we really do is have fun on the lake and rivers with canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards.

In 2009 John Mattox floated the idea of Paddle Dog to his wife, Pam.  She didn’t say yes, but she didn’t say no, so the business opened in May 2010 with a small boathouse on Westhaven Lake, a dozen canoes for the Harpeth River and a motto “Discover the rivers in your own backyard.” 

Today, kids fish off the dock, families spread blankets on the lawn for picnics, and patrons come from all over the world to paddle canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards.   The Mattox children—including their golden retriever, Bella—make the boathouse complete.  

All are welcome.