Our Guides

Passion + Experience = A Great Adventure


Fish - Trip Leader

Fish rafted for two years recreationally before he became a certified guide. He has now been professionally rafting on the Pigeon River for 14 years. He is certified in First Aid and CPR. Fish is in charge of our training program and ensures all of our guides are prepared to get guests down the river with ease. Fish is from Cape May, NJ. He enjoys water sports, hiking, riding motorcycles, rollercoasters, and going camping. Request Fish for a thrilling whitewater adventure.

Shane and Guests Paddle Down the Pigeon River

Shane - Trip Leader

Shane has been working as a whitewater raft guide for 21 seasons. With certifications in Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Responder, Shane has the experience and knowledge to show our guests an exceptional time on the river. His favorite thing about being a guide: "Sharing the experience of the river with people and the camaraderie of the other guides and my co-workers at Big Creek Expeditions." Shane is a talented musician, graduating with honors from the College of Charleston with degrees in Jazz Guitar and Music and Composition Theory. Come take a trip with Shane and see how awesome he is for yourself!

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Darrell U. - Trip Leader

Darrell has 35 years experience as whitewater rafting guide with certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid. He is from Charlotte, NC. Darrell has one daughter named Maggie. He enjoys spending his free outdoors or playing music.

-"We had such a wonderful time. BCE treated us great. Highly recommended. Darrell U. is the best. Thanks for memories that we will never forget. "


Steve - Trip Leader

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Huey - Trip Leader

Huey is First Aid, CPR, and Swift water certified. He has over 20 years experience professionally rafting on the Ocoee and Pigeon River. He has also rafted recreationally on the Gauley and Nolichucky Rivers. Huey is originally from Ocoee, TN. His dog is Biggie Smalls and the love of his life! You can typically find Biggie hanging around our outpost!


Elton - Trip Leader

Elton has over thirteen years experience has river guide on the Pigeon River. He is certified in First Aid and CPR. He spends his summers on the river and the rest of the year teaching. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Administrative Leadership. Outside of his work in the classroom, Elton enjoys tratholons and fly-fishing.

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Katie – Trip Leader

  • Certifications – Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR
  • Years of Professional Rafting Experience – 10 yrs
  • Other rivers paddled – Gauley (WV), New River (WV), Chattooga (SC/GA), Ocoee (TN), Nolichucky (TN), Tallulah (GA), Cheoah (NC), Russell Fork (KY), Watauga Gorge (NC), Big Laurel (NC), French Broad (NC), etc.
  • Job in off-season – High School Math Teacher
  • Hometown – Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
  • Pets – Tallulah and Seda – pittbulls, El Guapo – horse
Jedi Mike and Guests Paddle Down the Pigeon River

Jedi Mike - Trip Leader

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    Wayne - Guide


      Briggs - Guide

      Briggs has 27 years of whitewater rafting experience on an abundance of rivers. He has certifications in CPR and First Aid as well as being a Wilderness First Responder for 22 years. He thouroughly enjoys spending time outdoors doing things like rafting rivers, hiking, and moutain bikig. He is usually ccompanied by his dog, Polly The Rafting Dog", who enjoys spending her time outdoors as well.


      Miranda - Guide

      Miranda has been a guide on the Pigeon River for 22 years now and is certified in CPR and First Aid. She is currently living in Cosby, TN. She has four children, two of which work here on the river with her (Gillian and Caeden). She also has a cat named BooBoo, a dog named Piper, and a bearded dragon named Jimi!

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      Joan - Guide

      Joan grew up traveling all over the US, pilot/colonels daughter. She found peace in whitewater and the mountains that surround it. She has five years experience in river guiding and certifications in CPR and Swift Water Rescue. Joan is the mother of an amazing daughter, she loves to write and draw, hike, is a movie buff, and music fanatic. She is forever searching for different colors in the sunset. A self-described class clown with a serious Alabama twang, a trip with Joan will keep you laughing!

      Johnny B

      Jonny B - Guide

      Jonny B has 12 years experience in rafting and is CPR and First Aid certified. He enjoys spending his free time hiking, rafting, snowboarding, art, and sculpture. He has two dogs that are 1 and 11 years old, Shadow and Grandpa.


      Dylan - Guide

      Dylan has certifications in CPR and First Aid. He has been working on the Pigeon River for five years. He spends his time playing Collegiate Baseball when he is not out on the water.


      Cody - Guide

      Cody has two years of experience as a river guide here on the Pigeon River. He also has some experience with Kayaking. He is certified in First Aid and CPR. He was born and raised in Lakeland, FL. Cody is an avid hiker that has hiked trails all over the country including two months spent on the Appalachian Trail. He is a lover of the outdoors, travelling, whitewater. His Chi-Poo, Polar, shares his passion for spending time outdoors.

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      Mitch - Guide

      Mitch has been whitewater rafting for 5 years as a private boater and 1 year as a professional guide. He is certified in CPR and First aid. Mitch is originally from Hot Springs, AR. He enjoys canoeing, camping, hiking, and traveling in his free time.

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      Joseph - Guide

      Joseph has enjoyed whitewater rating recreationally for the past five years and this is his first year as a professional river guide on The Pigeon River. He is now certified in CPR and First Aid. He is from Kansas City. Joseph likes to go trail running, camping, and on road trips for fun.

      -"It was our favorite activity on our vacation. We had Joseph as a guide and he was really good. We had a safe and fun float trip!"

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      Ernie - Guide

      Ernie (Erin) has five years experience in canoeing whitewater and one year experience in professional whitewater rafting. She is certified in First Aid and CPR. Erin also has a degree in Accounting. She grew up in Northwest Arkansas. Ernie loves to spend time outdoors and traveling.


      Jimmy "Freebird" - Guide

      Jimmy was apart of the U.S. Army and has certifications as a Paratrooper, Ranger, Airborne Air Assaults', Combat Life Saver, and Javelin Master Gunner. This is hs first year as a river guide on the Pigeon River and certified in CPR and First Aid. Freebird is from Bullfrog Valley, AR.

      "I was boating before I could drive, I could read water before i could read books, I taught Aquaman how to swim, and I resuscitated Poseidon"

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      Alyssa - Guide

      Alyssa has been rafting and kayaking four years recreationally and this is her first year guiding professionally on the Pigeon River. She is certified in CPR and First Aid. Alyssa is from Gatlinburg, TN. She is married with two children, two dogs, and 3 fish. She loves to boat, hike, fish, and spend qaulity time with her family.


      Evan - Guide/Bus Driver

      Evan is a first year guide on the Pigeon River with 6 years experience as a private boater. He is certified in First Aid, CPR, and Swift water Rescue Level 1. While he is not guiding boats you can see Evan driving one of our buses. He has a Class A CDL with passenger endorsements and 6 years of shuttle experience. Evan is from Maryville, TN. He lived in Big Sky, Montana for the last five years working on the Gallatin River. He enjoys whitewater rafting and canoeing in his spare time. He has two dogs, Moondog and Windy Wind.


      Gillian - Guide

      Gillian has been a checked out guide for one season with us on the Pigeon River. She has been rafting on this river her entire life with her family of raft guides. She is certified in CPR and First Aid. Gillian was born in Knoxville and later moved to Charlotte, NC. She has grown up playing recreationally soccer in school. She will be heading to Western North Carolina to study Forensic Science this fall!


      Caeden - Guide

      Caeden is a first year guide with us this year but has rafted the Pigeon River his entire life with his family. He has certifications in CPR and First Aid. Caeden was born in Knoxville, TN but has lived in Charlotte, NC for more than 10 years. He enjoys spending his free time playing soccer and listening to music. He has a black cat named BooBoo and a black lab named Piper!


      Kayla - Guide

      Kayla is certified and First Aid and CPR. She has been a guide with us for one season on the Pigeon River. She was born in Staten Island and raised in Newport Richey, FL. Kayla enjoys basketball, volleyball, and horse back riding. She loves her 17 year old cat named Pumpkin.

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      "One of our families greatest adventures ever!!! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made us all feel like pros. We were nervous, but the guides explained everything very thoroughly. And with all the safety features we knew we were in good hands! The views were absolutely stunning! We highly highly recommend it to anyone!!"

      – Tara, Wisconson