Downriver Canoe Company – Tube Floats

Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus pandemic, Downriver Canoe Company will be closed for the entire 2020 season. Be smart, be safe, and see you next year!


Downriver Canoe Company

Tube Floats


Tube floats are not guided. You will be given a thorough river orientation and issued a detailed map of the river. You will then be taken 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 tube trips finish at Downriver Canoe Company’s base or Shenandoah River State Park.

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 $9.50 each. Can be rough on the posterior in low water.



STATE PARK TRIP — 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 miles, about 3+ hours float 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. Typically, we run this trip on weekends.

HAZARD MILL TRIP — 3 miles, about 3 hours float time

A short float that goes through George Washington National Forest and finishes at the low water bridge next to Downriver Canoe Company. Typically, we run this trip on week days and Sunday mornings.


$23.74 ($25 exactly inc. tax) per tube, Floating coolers $9.50 ($10 exactly inc. tax) each

Tubing Tips
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)

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