So you want to go river tubing, but you’re not sure where to go or even how to get started? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and we’re here to help you plan the best river tubing experience possible. We’ve put together a list of rivers that are excellent for river tubing and marked the put-in and take-out locations so you know exactly where to park. To help you get started with your river tubing trip, here’s a short list of items you should probably take along:
- Float Tube
- Air Pump
- Small Cooler
- Life Jacket(s) for children
- 2 vehicles
If you’re going river tubing with an outfitter, they’ll usually supply the river tube and the inflation, so you can skip those items. They’ll also provide a shuttle so you only need to take one vehicle. Simply drive to their site and they’ll set you up with everything else.
If you’re going river tubing on your own, you’ll need to do a little extra planning.
- You should begin be driving to the put-in location and unloading all of your river tubing equipment. Take it all out of the vehicles and designate 2 people to setup the shuttle. Everyone else should start organizing and inflating your river tubing gear.
- While the gear is being setup, drive both vehicles to the take-out location and leave one there. This will be used to get you back to the front when your river tubing trip is over.
- Now both drivers should get in 1 vehicle and go back to the put-in location to finish setting up your floats.
- Once the river tubing floats are setup, get on the river and enjoy your trip!
- Now that you’ve reached the end of your journey, it’s time to pack things up and head home. You’ll do the same thing you did when you arrived. Two people get into the vehicle that was left at the river tubing take-out and drive back to the put-in.
- Each vehicle is then driven back to the take-out to be loaded up with the floats, extra gear, and people.
You can see that going river tubing on your own may save you some money, but it requires some extra work with setting up your floats, taking down your floats, and setting up the shuttle.
Whichever way you decide to go river tubing, we have you covered. We have an extensive list of outfitters that will get you river tubing fast and we’ve also put together some river tubing locations you can go on your own. Simply select your state from the drop down list in the menu above and find a location near you! Don’t forget to check neighboring states as well. Sometimes a river is close to the border and a river tubing location in another state may actually be closer than one in your own.
Have fun and stay safe out there!