About Us

Since 1993, the Pigeon River has offered “Mild to Wild” guided whitewater rafting trips for ages four and up. The Pigeon River offers a delightful and scenic introduction to whitewater for all Smoky Mountain vacationers. With miles of continuous adventure and family class rapids nestled in the heart of Tennessee’s most spectacular mountain scenery, the Pigeon is one of the most popular whitewater rafting trips in the country. We offer plenty of parking, hot showers, changing facilities, picnic area and plenty of places to kick back and relax. No experience necessary. Reservations are needed. You can make them right here online or call (423) 487-4303. Lodging is available at area campgrounds, B&Bs and hotels.


Shannon and Shannan Skidmore


Shannon and Shannan Skidmore are both East Tennessee natives. Graduating from high school and college together, they were married in 1996. The couple have two children, Emily- Kate and Joseph. After 15 years in the tubing business on the Little River in Townsend at Smoky Mountain River Rat, the Shannons decided to expand their knowledge of the river and customer service to include the more adventurous side of the Smokies. Tubing and white water rafting seemed like the perfect match, adding more options for their faithful tubing customers. While USA Raft, now known as Smoky Mountain River Rat Whitewater, has been rafting the Eastern Rivers of the United States for decades, including the Pigeon River since 1993, the Skidmores became co owners  in 2007.


Wayne and Jennifer Duerer


Wayne and Jennifer Duerer joined the Skidmores as partners of River Rat Whitewater in 2009. Wayne was a member of the corporate world. Feeling the time was right, he took the plunge into the world of the self employed. Jennifer is Mrs. Shannan’s sister. When younger, she had worked for the River Rat, even managing an outpost. With Wayne’s HR and accounting experience and Jennifer’s family ties to the Rat, the Pigeon River outpost is now complete. The Duerers are proud parents of two daughters, Sophia and Isabel.


Do you want to work with a fun, hard-working group of individuals? At Smoky Mountain River Rat, we have a winning team of employees, but we prefer to call them family. If you’re interested in joining an exciting team of individuals, just download and fill out our employment application!