8 Great Rivers for Tubing in Wisconsin

Enjoy summer scenery and native wildlife as you float down the river, or get wet and wild as you navigate the rapids. (Pro tip: Find a place with shuttle service and rent a cooler tube for your river trip!) Stay for the day or even a whole week at riverside campgrounds and resorts where the whole family can be entertained. Is river tubing not your style? No worries, many outfitters also have canoes and kayaks available for rent!

Namekagon River

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

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 lazier trip out of New London.

Black River

Leave the crowds behind and enjoy the winding Black River. Stop at a local sandbar when you’re feeling lazy 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. What are you waiting for?

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 and sing a little “On Wisconsin.”

Sugar River

Float gently through the 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 with unparalleled clarity.

Find a tubing spot near you in our directory, and check out our top picks for family friendly floating!

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