Tubing the Wisconsin River

One activity that is SO relaxing and so fun is tubing down the Wisconsin River. You can choose between a 45 minute float and a 1.5 hour float. Pre-warning that yes the water can be quite chilly, but on a nice hot day it is totally refreshing. 

You can buy these great Intex tubes from Walmart – they withstand the bumping into the rocks.


We also bought the Intex cooler so we can have snacks and drinks. We also like to bring along a floating waterproof speaker – for tunes down the river. We have seen other groups bring fishing poles and actually catch some pretty big fish along the route.

Some essentials to take with:

  • Sunscreen (you WILL get sunburned)
  • Hat
  • Drinks
  • Snacks 
  • Towels (for in the car – leave in vehicle at the pick up spot)
  • River Shoes/Flip Flops (for when you get out at the end)

If you buy your own tubes and do it yourself, you put in at the Otter Rapids Dam, then you get out about 1.5 miles down the road. There are streamers in the trees along the river that give you a clue when to get out. So that you don’t have to walk the 1.5 miles back to the dam-  we suggest taking two cars. Drop all the stuff and people off at the Otter Rapids Dam. Then one person drives each car to the drop off point, which we can give you a map and show you – it’s hard to describe over the internet. Then you leave one car along side the road and you drive together back to the Dam and leave that car there. Then when the tube ride is over – pack who and what you can in the one car and go retrieve the other car and go back for the rest of your group. 

If you don’t want to buy your tubes, there are two great places near by the river that you can rent a tube to do the trip – they provide with you with transportation and all you have to do is sit in your tube and float. 

WOA – https://wildwoodoutdooradventures.com/trips-and-tours/tubing

Hawk’s Nest – http://www.hawksnestcanoe.com/ 

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