Tube floats are not guided. You will be given a thorough river orientation and issued a
detailed map of the river. Basic paddling instruction will be readily provided for novice
paddlers. You will then be transported to the launch site of your trip and cast forth upon
the waters. Please note, the time indicated is the length of time it takes the average tube
to float that section of river in a steady, but leisurely way at normal river level. If the river
level is low, trips will take longer. You may take
as long as you like (within a calendar day of course). All trips finish at Downriver Canoe
Company's base unless otherwise indicated.
Float tubes are like big vinyl donuts full of air (ours are designed for people, not the family car). What a wonderfully lazy way to enjoy the water, being part of the river as you drift along. Tube floats are available when the river water temperature climbs into the 70’s, generally from early June through mid September. In addition we have larger tubes for larger people, and solid bottom tubes for smaller children. Self contained floating coolers and cooler floats for your own cooler are available to rent for $10 each. Can be rough on the posterior in low water.
$22 per tube, Floating coolers $10 each
TRIP #1 HAZARD MILL TRIP — 3 miles, about 3 hours paddle time
A very easy introductory trip over calm water for those with limited time (or those hard core fisherman wishing to thoroughly work this great fishing section).
TRIP #2 STATE PARK TRIP — 3 1/2 miles, about 3+ hours paddle time
A short float paralleling the new Shenandoah River State Park and finishing in the park itself. This is an excellent section for bird and wildlife enthusiasts.
Remember to slather on plenty of sun screen and stay hydrated. A hat is a good idea and water shoes of some sort are an absolute must, so please do not attempt to go barefoot. Be smart about beverage consumption. We understand the party atmosphere with many tubing groups and we want you to relax and have fun, but stupid drunkenness is not cool and will not be tolerated. Finally, please be careful not to litter up this beautiful river, and take NO GLASS CONTAINERS.
To receive quantity discounts, tube groups must pay as a group, not individually.
10 percent discounts for groups of 20 or more for any activity on any day.
20 percent discounts for any activity on any day regardless of group size for:
–Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops on official troop outings
–Church youth groups in which at least half the participants are under age 18
–School groups participating in sanctioned school events
–Active military (we deeply appreciate your service)