By Max Mitchelson, OnMilwaukee Intern   Published Jul 28, 2021 at 1:01 PM

Are you looking for a relaxing way to cool down during the dog days of summer? Take advantage of Wisconsin rivers and float downstream on a tube.

We have listed a variety of locations to rent a tube below, all within a three-hour drive. Whether you’re looking to drift away from your worries for an hour or a day-long dip into nature, we have you covered.

Remember to follow any guidelines these locations may have for social distancing and mask-wearing, especially if you plan on going with people outside of your household. And don't forget to get vaccinated!

Sandy Shores Tubing
N4206 26th Ave., Mauston

(608) 548-8823

Spend at least two-to-three hours on the eight-mile course of this self-guided river adventure – although with sand bars throughout the river, tubers can add an extra hour or two to their trip while relaxing on embankments. Reservations can be made online or over the phone and cost $20 per person with a $42 deposit.

Wolf River Trips and Campground
E8130 Flease Rd., New London

(920) 982-2458

Though trips times tend to vary on this lazy river, depending on water levels, guests normally stay for around three hours. Prices differ depending on the day and the type of tube, averaging between $13 to $17 per person. Call ahead to make a reservation.

Point Bluff Resort
3199 County Rd. Z, Wisconsin Dells

(608) 253-6181

Float down the Wisconsin River and take in idyllic riverside scenery at Point Bluff Resort. Average trips tend to last around four hours for $20 per tube. They do not take reservations for tubes.

Rivers Edge Camping Resort and Tubing
W7615 County Rd. F, Shiocton

(715) 752-3344

Call ahead for tube reservations to save your spot and drift the Wolf River from a different perspective. Tubes cost $16 per person for the two-to-three hours of relaxing fun.

Pliska's Crystal River Tubing & Kayak Trip
N2103 Parfreyville Rd., Waupaca
(715) 570-9283
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Spend the day floating down the river for $22 per person or take a single journey for a two-to-three-hour trip for $18. Call ahead for reservations. 

If you are looking for other ways to stay cool this summer, why not check out our guide? Or support a local business with a delicious frozen treat.

Great Wolf Tubing
1013 S. Water St., Shawano

(715) 524-8823

Prices range from $12 to $15 per tube depending on the day for a one-to-two-hour float. No reservation is necessary. Call ahead for more information.

Wisconsin Riverside Resort
S13220 Shifflet Rd, Spring Green

(608) 588-2826

Wisconsin Riverside resort offers multiple drops off points for the same flat fee of $18 per tube, allowing guests to extend their initial two-hour floating journeys by an extra hour. Reservations can be made online or over the phone.

Grant River Tubin’ Company
Camel Ridge Rd., Potosi

(608) 763-4021

Slowly pass through the rocky shores of Grant River at Grant River Tubin’ Company. With a variety of tubes available and floats lasting between two-to-five hours depending on the route, this tubing company offers a little something for everyone. Reserve your tubes in advance on their website or over the phone for $20 each.