The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) has been developing regulations and permits for paddlesports outfitters since August 2018. These potential permits are one of the biggest challenges facing paddlesports outfitters in 2019.
Here is a timeline of issues surrounding these regulations:
April 19, 2018
TN General Assembly passed SB1335/HB0785
Amendment #2 of this bill stated the following:
"This amendment authorizes the fish and wildlife commission to establish rules, regulations, permits, and procedures regulating all aspects of commercial operations that lease or rent non-motorized vessels for non-commercial use by the public on the waters of Tennessee. The amendment specifies that this authority does not extend to commercial outfitters operating pursuant to and in possession of a permit issued by the United States forest service on waters in and adjacent to the Cherokee National Forest."
Here is the history of this bill and how it formed: