Where to Go Tubing in the Chattahoochee:
The Chattahoochee River is a National Recreation Area, and the National Park Service provides a listing of how long it will take to float from one drop-in point to the next. If you go to the recreation area and bring your own tubes, your only cost will be a $3 parking fee. (Find directions to the drop-in points).
If you need to rent tubes, you can use a company that will both provide you with tubing equipment and with a shuttle ride back to your car after your trip down the river. Here are a few recommended vendors for the National Recreation Area:
- Shoot the Hooch offers two options, a 1.5 mile float or a 3 mile float. Both options start at 10 a.m. and you should be out of the river by 6 or 7 p.m. to catch your shuttle back, depending on the route you choose. Float time is somewhere from 1 - 3 hours depending on the river's flow rate and wind. ($26 including shuttle)
- $10 River Tubing, just head to 4349 Abbotts Bridge Rd in Duluth and choose your location. Trips are available at 2, 4, or 6 hours. The last 2 hour trip leaves at 4:45 and the last 4 hour trip leaves at 2:45, so plan accordingly. Fun fact: $10 River Tubing allows dogs - but you are responsible if they damage any equipment. ($10 - $14 including shuttle, depending on location and trip length)
Safety on the River:
Those bringing their own tubes should remember that you are also required to have a life vest for everyone in your party. In some areas you must wear the vest, while in others you must just have it on board (yes, even in a tube). Children 10 and under must wear their life vests at all times. The minimum age for floating on the river is 5 years old.
Glass containers are not allowed on the river. You can bring coolers in their own tube tethered to yours.
Water-friendly footwear is recommended.
Swimmers should not dive into the river, as the bottom can be very rocky.
You may encounter wildlife such as turtles, beavers, fish, and otters in the river.
Be mindful of weather patterns, as the water is higher and rougher just after a storm.