It’s no secret: Minnesota is chock-full of rivers, lakes and streams. For many outdoor enthusiasts, rafting or tubing down a river is the best way to spend long summer days. If you feel the same way, consider checking out some of the rafting and tubing locations listed below. These companies can help your family have fun while making memories in the process.
1820 Raleigh Road
Somerset, WI 54025
River’s Edge provides water lovers with tube rentals for easy floats down the Apple River. According to the company’s website, the “relaxing float” ends with small rapids. Tube rental starts at $11.85 per day, and renters can float down the river as many times as possible during hours of operation. A shuttle is available to take tubers back to the top of the river. Group rates are available.
Superior Whitewater Rafting
950 Chestnut Ave.
Carlton, MN 55718
Superior Whitewater Rafting is located about 15 miles from Duluth. The company has been in business for 28 years and is home of the $40 rafting trip. Rafters will traverse the St. Louis River on a 2.5-hour trip. For a more challenging trip, consider rafting earlier in the season, while late-season trips are great for first timers, according the company’s website. Rafts accommodate four to six people.
Welch Mill Canoeing and Tubing
26389 County Road 7 Blvd.
Welch, MN 55089
Welch Mill Canoeing and Tubing provides riders with two trip options. The long trip lasts anywhere from 3.5 hours to 4.5 hours, while the short trip lasts about an hour. Riders are allowed to take the short trip as many times as they like during the hours of shuttle operation. The fee for tube rental is $10. All riders younger than 10 years old are required to wear a life jacket.
Country Camping Rum River Canoe and Tube Outfitters
27437 Palm St. N.W.
Isanti, MN 55040
Located about 45 minutes north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Rum River is one of the most convenient for Twin Cities tubers. It’s also family friendly with strict alcohol rules. The fee for tube rental is $12, and the facility does not accept credit or debit cards. Shuttles begin running at 11 a.m. each day. Riders can bring their own tubes, but those who do so will not be able to ride the shuttle. In addition, those who choose to bring cans and coolers must put down a $20 deposit. Cans are counted, and the deposit will be returned to riders to keep track of all their cans. Anyone younger than 16 years old must be supervised by an adult.
Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging
35455 State Highway 16
Lanesboro, MN 55949
Looking to make a camping trip of your tubing adventure? Consider checking out Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging. The company not only provides campsites, but also rents tubes, canoes and kayaks. The site is just miles from historic Lanesboro, MN, near the Root River. Not only can you tube and camp on your trip, but you can also check out the local trails and explore the historic bed and breakfasts in and around Lanesboro.
Kristyn Gansen is a freelance writer covering all things Minneapolis. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.