8 Great Rivers for Tubing in Wisconsin

River tubing. It’s a favorite summer activity in Wisconsin, and it’s fun for family and friend groups, big and small. Enjoy the scenery, native wildlife and good company as you float down the river. Add to the experience by staying overnight or the whole week at riverside campgrounds and resorts nearby.

Discover these 8 rivers great for river tubing, plus local outfitters. From tubes and shuttle services to cooler tubes that keep refreshments flowing, these outfitters have everything you need to get floating. Is river tubing not your style? No worries, many also have canoes and kayaks available for rent!

Namekagon River

Float through the wilderness on this river, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Apple River

Family of six in inner tubes on the Apple River

The popular Apple River, located in Northwest Wisconsin near the Minnesota border, is close to all the action. The wild rapids satisfy the daring, while families and groups find this a fun place to cool off and relax.

Wolf River

You'll float past towering green pines as you stay cool in the clear waters of the Wolf River. In Langlade County, the Upper Wolf River drops 430 feet over 28 miles, making it one of the fastest-flowing rivers in the Midwest. Further downstream things slow down for a gentle trip out of New London.

Black River

Leave the crowds behind and enjoy the winding Black River. Stop at a local sandbar to relax and watch the river roll by.

Grant River

Timbered bluffs and rustic rock ledges. Quiet water with an occasional rush of rapids. Sounds perfect for a tubing trip! You can find this river in the Southwest corner of Wisconsin near Iowa.

Wisconsin River

Beautiful wooded shorelines with rugged rock formations are abundant on the Lower Wisconsin River. If you discover a sandbar or island it’s a great chance to take a break.

Sugar River

Float gently through forested riverbanks and rich farmlands. South of Madison near the Illinois border, the Sugar River serves up a sweet afternoon of rolling down the river.

Crystal River

Tube your way through the Chain O’ Lakes or small river scenes – or both – on the Crystal River in Waupaca. Navigate crystal-clear waters through a variety of lakes and streams.


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