Discover the Best Rivers to Tube in Michigan

Certain things pair perfectly with summertime: watermelon, fireworks, barbecues, and fireflies. Another is the relaxation of floating down a river. This blog post will cover the best rivers to tube in Michigan, making it your one-stop guide for floating and tubing information.

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Grab your water shoes and some sunscreen! It’s to dive into the details of the best rivers to tube in Michigan and discover which businesses rent tubes or offer tubing trips. You will find the information below organized by region.

Western Michigan

Muskegon River

The Muskegon River is located on the lower peninsula of Michigan. It flows southwesterly and feeds into Lake Michigan. The river’s last 50 miles (approximately) provide excellent opportunities for tubing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and more.


Wisner Rents Canoes

25 E Water St, Newaygo, MI

(231) 652-6743


Pinky’s Tubes

8118 Mason Dr, Newaygo, MI

(231) 652-8002

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Northern Michigan

Lower Platte River

Just west of Traverse City, you will find where the Lower Platte River meets Lake Michigan. Visitors can gently float down the river to a beautiful sandy beach on Lake Michigan, not too far from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore.


Riverside Canoe Trips

5042 N Scenic Hwy, Honor, MI

(231) 325-5622


Tipsy Canoe Rental & Brew

10187 Honor Hwy, Honor, MI

(231) 651-9260


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Eastern Michigan

Huron River

The beautiful Huron River is located on the eastern side of the lower peninsula, just west of Detroit. It offers an impressive river trail, ideal for various river recreation, including tubing, and flows to its mouth at Lake Erie.


Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery

3902 E Delhi Rd, Ann Arbor, MI

(734) 769-8686


City of Ann Arbor

1055 Longshore, Ann Arbor, MI



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Upper Peninsula

Manistique River

Known for its pristine environment and vast wilderness, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan also offers the stunning Manistique River. It winds through central UP before meeting Lake Michigan. The river provides ample opportunity for floating, canoeing, and fishing.


Big Cedar Campground and Canoe Livery

12961 S Straits Hwy #2, Wolverine, MI



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What to Expect on a River Tubing Trip

River tubing in Michigan costs approximately $10 per hour, and trips can range from 1 to 4 hours. Each river and each livery is different, so be sure to visit their website or call them if you have any questions. For example, some businesses allow you to tether your rafts together, but others do not. Some companies offer open-bottom tubes only, and others have closed-bottom tubes. Also, ask about parking and any parking fees. It is better to know what to expect before you arrive.

There are some general guidelines that you should follow when tubing in any Michigan river.

  • Check the weather before you go
  • Know and be prepared for river conditions
  • Children 8 and under need to wear a flotation device
  • Wear water shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellant
  • Stay hydrated
  • No glass or styrofoam
  • No littering
  • Follow all staff instructions


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