PSA – If you aren’t tubing down a river this Summer, you aren’t summer-ing hard enough. Floating down your local currents with your squad of river rats is the All-American activity. Bring your beers, bring your babes, and don’t forget your (waterproof) boombox! North America has millions of miles of flowing water – why not take advantage of them? That’s why we compiled a list of the best floats on the continent for you to enjoy!
PC: Outdoor Project
Bend is known for it’s outdoor activities and world-class breweries – why not combine forces and sip on a Deschutes Brewery Fresh-Squeezed IPA while floating the river? This lazy float takes you downstream on the Deschutes River from the Old Mill District to Downtown Bend!
Tube Rentals: Sun Country Tours
TAHOE CITY, CALIFORNIA
PC: Truckee River Rafting Trips
The Truckee River flows out of the northwest corner of the lake at Tahoe City and runs north through a picturesque canyon til you reach Alpine Meadows! It is a 5-mile trip that takes about 2-3 hours – perfect amount of time to crush a 6-pack!
Tube Rental: Truckee River Raft Company
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
PC: Canadian Traveller
Floating down the Okanagan River Channel on the Penticton River attracts locals and tourists alike, and is a must-do summer activity for all ages! The river channel is just over 4 miles long, flowing from Okanagan Lake to Shaha Lake.
No Tube, No Problem: Rent a float from Coyote Cruises!
PC: Adam Fehr
Get out of the heat and float the “Mighty Weebs”! This river float is a not for the weak – floaters must dodge low-lying bridges and boulders. But that’s just the fun of it, eh? Located about an hour away from Salt Lake City, floating the Weber is the perfect wet-and-wild aventure of your summer!
Tube Rentals: Barefoot Tubing
LAVA HOT SPRINGS, IDAHO
PC: Idaho State Journal
PC: Outdoor Project
Get out of Seattle and spend your Summer days on the Snoqualmie! Put your tube in at the Plum Boat Launch and travel about 3 miles downstream to the Fall City Park!
Tube Rentals: Fall City Floating
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
PC: Main Street Steamboat Springs
The Yampa River aka the “Crown Jewel” of Steamboat Springs is calling your name! Drop in at the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat Springs and float down to the James Brown Soul Center just outside of town!
Tube Rentals: Backdoor Sports
CANYON LAKE, TEXAS
If you are looking for a party, head to down the Guadalupe! It’s the most popular river to float in Texas and for good reason. The best floating destination is the Horseshoe, a little bend in the river that begins and ends along FM 366. You can choose to just float the Horseshoe, which takes about two hours, or continue beyond the first river crossing.
Tube Rentals: Tube Haus
NORTH CONWAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
PC: Saco River Camping Area
The Saco River is a New England gem! Flowing from New Hampshire to Maine, it is a solid vacation alternative to the crowded beaches of the shore. Find a camping spot along the river and bring your tubes! The Saco has some small rapids, lots of sandy beaches and some rope swings for the more adventurous!
Tube Rentals: Saco River Tubing
If you find yourself in Georgia on a humid summer day, you’re gonna need to be in a body of water…it’s too damn hot to do anything else! “Shooting the Hooch” is a rite of passage for the crowds of Atlanta! Friendly tip – make sure your coolers of beer are filled with extra ice!
Tube Rental: Shoot the Hooch