Wisconsin tubing has caught everyone’s attention this summer, so here are some great places to float a river with no stress, no work and astounding scenery to help you see what everyone’s talking about.
Make an afternoon trip out of a Red Cedar River float. With two access drop-off points for your choice of a two and a half hour trip or four hour journey, Red Cedar River is the perfect place for an easy-going family tubing experience. The Chetek River Campground offers tube rentals as well as services to deliver you to and from the river. If you decide to stay at the campground for an extended trip, make sure to enjoy their swimming beach and mini golf.
Crooked Creek Canoe is located on the Kickapoo River, known for being the most crooked river in the world. The river is a tributary of the Wisconsin River and traverses 126 miles through the state. The current is calm, although occasional work will be needed to make it past a dam or fallen tree. Crooked Creek, in addition to offering canoe, kayak and tube rentals, also has tent camping, cabins, a volleyball court and small sand beach. Crooked Creek is just what you’re looking for if you want to transform your tubing experience from an activity lasting a few hours into a family vacation.
The Crystal River is a smaller cousin to the well-known Wolf River whose upper half is recognized for its whitewater rapids and offers the perfect experience for a family. The Crystal River meanders gently before converging with the Waupaca River. Tubing trips can be either 45 minutes or one hour and 15 minutes, but once you have signed up you can float the distance as many times as you want.
Unlike its fast-paced upper half, the Lower Wolf River is smooth sailing. Mountain Bay Outfitters is your “recreation station.” Rent tubes, canoes, kayaks or paddleboards, and they’ll shuttle you to the river entrance and back. But what makes Mountain Bay even more of the place to go in the Shawano area is their coffee depot with beverages and snacks! They also have a full-service bike shop and nearby access to the Mountain Bay railroad trail if your family is looking to get moving.
Although the Wisconsin Dells is hailed as the water park capital of the U.S., the city has an abundance of other water activities to offer as well. Point Bluff Resort takes floaters down the Wisconsin River and is the only outfitter in the Dells that offers river tubing. Trips can be custom made to suit exactly what you want for your family. So next time you’re at the Dells, take some time to escape the busy hubbub and enjoy a peaceful float with your family.
Looking for more tubing fun? Check out these Eight Great Rivers for Tubing.