Best Tubing in Michigan | MEGA LIST of 35 River Tubing Spots + Map | Rentals, Livery, Outfitters | Best Lazy Rivers and Places for Summer Tubing - Fun Things To Do | Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Newaygo, Northern Michigan

Best Tubing in Michigan | MEGA LIST of River Tubing Spots + Map | Rentals, Livery, Outfitters | Best Lazy Rivers and Places for Summer Tubing - Fun Things To Do

 By: Sherry Trautman | | Last updated: June 19, 2023

Do you want to know what signals the official of start of Michigan summers? TUBING!

When July and August hits, I grab my flip flops, sunscreen, hat, snacks and head to the nearest river for some lazy river tubing near me! Such fun times with family and friends! AND fun things to do with kids!

We polled Michiganders for the best places to go tubing in Michigan this summer and WOW Michiganders LOVE TUBING!  We added a few of our own favorites and created this MEGA LIST of the Best Tubing in Michigan!

Favorite Rivers for Lazy River Tubing and Exciting Tubing in Michigan This Summer

Here are our favorite Michigan rivers for tubing! Keep reading for places to go tubing in Michigan and tube liveries for each river!

  • Rifle River
  • Muskegon River
  • Platte River
  • Indian River
  • AuSable River
  • Manistee River
  • Pere Marquette River
  • Huron River
  • Sturgeon River
  • Chippewa River

Michigan River Fun Facts!

What is the longest river in Michigan? The longest river in Michigan is the Grand River.

What is the deepest river in Michigan? Huron River

What is the fastest river in Michigan? the Sturgeon River is the fastest flowing river in Michigan's lower peninsula.

Map of the Best Places to Go Tubing In Michigan-Great Summer Destinations!

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Northern Michigan: Sturgeon River Tubing in Indian River and Wolverine Michigan

How fast is the Sturgeon River? 14 feet per mile

The Sturgeon River is the fastest flowing river in Michigan's lower peninsula! The Sturgeon River flows into Burt Lake.

Get ready for some white water action! The Sturgeon river can be very exciting!

Big Bear Adventures - 4271 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749. We think the best way to spend a hot, sunny afternoon in Northern Michigan is by floating down the clear Sturgeon River in a tube! It's a super fun adventure for groups, friends and families. 

Big Bear Adventures offers deluxe tubes and cooler tubes too. They also have rafts and kayaks.  

Some of the best tubing in Michigan!

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The Sturgeon River is not a lazy river, so you need to watch pay attention, paddle, push away from logs and sticks. Chris and I like the adventure of it! 

So if you are looking for a slow, lazy river check out more option below! We recommend wearing water shoes. 

Sturgeon River Paddlesports - 12961 S Straits Hwy #2, Wolverine, MI 49799. Sturgeon River Paddlesports has so many different summer water sports and rentals!  You can rent tubes, rafts, kayaks, paddleboards and canoes for a fun day on the Sturgeon River!

Locally owned and operated. Come paddle or float the most scenic stretch of the Sturgeon River! One of the best places to go tubing in Michigan.

Sturgeon River Paddlesports are located in Northern Michigan, conveniently close to Gaylord, Indian River, Boyne City, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Cheboygan, Mackinaw City.

North and Northwest Michigan: Manistee River Tubing in Grayling, Manton, Mesick, Thompsonville and Honor 

If you choose to canoe, kayak or raft the Manistee River, there are no dangerous rapids and it is very family friendly. There's a constant flow, without portages.  Some of the best river tubing in Michigan!

Shel-Haven Canoe Rental -11852 M-72, Grayling, MI 49738. Shel-Haven is a great place to rent tubes for Manistee river tubing. Take an exciting and scenic tour of Northern Michigan that can only be seen by canoe, kayak or tube.  It's a Grayling tubing hotspot!  

Tube Pro Cooler Tube Rentals and Tube Tracker Pro Raft Rentals - I dig this one as it has a backrest, cup holder, and come with a paddle. 

Chippewa Landing - 10390 Chippewa Landing Trail, Manton, MI 49663. Chippewa Landing offers Manistee River canoe rentals, kayaking rentals, tubing rentals and camping on the Manistee River. They are a full service canoe livery and campground located 10 minutes north of Cadillac, Michigan in beautiful Northern Michigan.

Wilderness Canoe Trips - 6052 Riverview Rd, Mesick, MI 49668. Wilderness Canoe Trips offer canoe rentals, raft rentals, kayak rentals, and tubing rentals on the Manistee River.  They provide shuttle services for all of their rentals, so your vehicle will remain parked in their lot until your return.

Northeastern Michigan: AuSable River Tubing in Mio 

  • Can you tube down the AuSable river? Of course!
  • The AuSable River is coined the Lazy River of the North!  So if you want Lazy River Tubing in Michigan, the AuSable is for you!

Hinchman Acres & Ausable River Canoe Rental - 702 Morenci Ave, Mio, MI 48647. Come on out for an afternoon of canoeing, tubing and kayaking on the AuSable River! Canoeists can also take overnight canoe trips in the summer. Hinchman Acres & Ausable River Canoe Rental offer family rafts and tubes without bottoms and deluxe tubes with headrest & bottoms.  Awesome AuSable river tubing!

After a day of paddling on the AuSable River, be sure to grab dinner at the Mio Pizza Shop!  **And if you love pizza, grab our guide to the Best Michigan Pizza near you!

Oscoda Canoe Rental - 678 W River Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750. Oscoda Canoe Rental offers canoe, kayak, or tubing trips! Make your reservations early. They offer 4 hour tubing trips. Located just 1/2 Mile West of US-23 on River Road. You will love AuSable river tubing!

Northwest Michigan: Platte River Michigan Tubing (Tubing Near Traverse City)

Some of the best water tubing in Michigan! 

Riverside Canoe Trips - 5042 N Scenic Hwy, Honor, MI 49640. Tubing near Traverse City. Come on out for fabulous Platte River Michigan Tubing!  Riverside Canoe Trips offers tubing, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, paddleboards and other river adventures! 

Enjoy a relaxing float down the Lower Platte with a short walk on a gravel path. Protective water shoes are recommended.  You can take the quick one hour tubing trip or a 2-3 hour gentle float downstream to a beautiful Lake Michigan beach. You will love Platte river Michigan tubing!

Riverside Canoes also has a Grill, Ice Cream Shop and a Grocery Store!  A super way to enjoy the summer with your friends and family this summer in Michigan!  So many fun things to do! 

Mid Michigan: Rifle River Tubing in Omer and Sterling

  • Close to Oscoda and Tawas --> So many fun things to do in Michigan!

River View Campground & Canoe Livery - 5755 Townline Rd, Sterling, MI 48659. on the beautiful Rifle River in Sterling Michigan.  River View Campground & Canoe Livery offers camping, canoeing, tubing and kayak rentals for groups and families.

White's Canoe Livery & Campground - 382 Melita Rd, Sterling, MI 48659. White's Canoe Livery is the largest paddlesport and camping operation in the state of Michigan! It's a great spot for canoeing, tubing, rafting, kayaking and camping on the Rifle River. White's Canoe Livery offers a variety of opportunities for the avid outdoor adventurist. 

Riverbend Campground And Canoe Rental - 1165 N Main St, Omer, MI 48749| Camping, Canoeing, Kayaking, and Tubing On The Rifle River in Omer! Riverbend Campground has lots of different river trips!

Mid Michigan: Cass River Tubing in Frankenmuth 

Sivak's Cass River Boat And Tube Rental - 200 N Cass Ave, Vassar, MI 48768. Cass River Boat And Tube Rental.  It's best to go earlier in the summer as the Cass river can be low in September. 

Mid Michigan: Chippewa River Tubing in Mt. Pleasant

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Chris and I have been down the Chippewa river dozens of times and we love it...In a Kayak, that is!  There are no waves or rapids on the Chippewa River – just let the 4 m.p.h. current carry you downstream!

Chippewa river tubing is so much fun, we love it!

Floaters Tubing Rentals - Nelson Park, 714 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858. They offer a tour out of Nelson Park and a tubing adventure out of Chipp-A-Water Park!

Chippewa River Outfitters - 3763 S Lincoln Rd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858. Chippewa River Outfitters is a great spot to go kayaking, tubing and canoeing!  Make your reservations early!

Midwest Michigan: Muskegon River Tubing in Evart, Newaygo, Grant

Tubing in Newaygo is super popular!  There are several liveries and tube rental outfitters in Newaygo and the region serving the Muskegon River. 

Croton Dam Float Trips - 5355 Croton Dr, Newaygo, MI 49337. Rent Croton Dam Float Trips tubes, kayaks, tubes, rafts and boats!  It makes for a summer fun day on the Muskegon river with friends and family!

Wisner Rents Canoes - 25 E Water St, Newaygo, MI 49337.  Wisner Rents Canoes is located 35 miles north of Grand Rapids in Newaygo, MI.  Get ready to leave your worries behind as you soak up the sun on a Muskegon river rafting trip.  Since 1969, Wisner Rents Canoes rents canoe, kayak, tube and boat rentals.

Pinky's Tubes - 8118 Mason Dr, Newaygo, MI 49337. Great spot to rent tubes in Newaygo Michigan! They have short and long trips. 

Vic's Canoes - 8845 Felch Ave, Grant, MI 49327. Rent canoes, kayaks and tubs at Vic's Canoes in the Salmon Run Campground.  The Muskegon River is Michigan’s second longest river, and has so much natural beauty. Their river trips take you through the wide peaceful and relaxing Muskegon River valley. 

Chinook Campground - 5471 W 112th St, Grant, MI 49327. The campground rents kayaks, tubes, lounge chairs, canoes, paddle boards and large rafts for a fun experience on the beautiful Muskegon River in the Bridgeton area of Newaygo County, Michigan.

River Rat Canoe Rental LLC - 8702 W S River Dr, Grant, MI 49327. Rents your choice of tube, kayak, double kayak or canoe to take down the beautiful Muskegon River. See their Facebook page for more info.

J&J's River Run - 205 7th St, Evart, MI 49631. Livery. Come out to raft, tube, canoe and kayak on the Mighty Muskegon River! Some of the best tubing in Michigan!

Paris Park - 22090 Northland Dr, Green Charter Twp, MI 49338. Paris Park has an All-Inclusive Tubing Experience: Rent a tube and be transported up river to launch for hours of tubing fun on the Muskegon River, ending at Paris Park.

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Midwest Michigan: Pere Marquette National Scenic River in Baldwin

Baldwin Canoe Rental & RV Park - 9117 M-37, Baldwin, MI 49304. Baldwin Canoe Rental & RV Park Watercraft Rentals: Canoes, Kayaks, Rafts, & Tubes down the Pere Marquette National Scenic River. They are located near Baldwin Michigan, in the heart of the Huron Manistee National Forest, with a fleet of over 500 watercraft, including canoes, inflatable rafts, solo & tandem kayaks, and tubes. Make your reservations early!

River Run Canoe Livery - 600 S Main St, Scottville, MI 49454, River Run has kayaks, canoes and tube rentals! Come paddle the Pere Marquette National Scenic River, an easy flowing river the whole family can enjoy. Enjoy natural beauty, serenity, and abundant wildlife as you float through densely forested wetlands. Some of the best tubing in Michigan!

Midwest Michigan: Pine River Tubing in Wellston Michigan

Just as a note, the Pine River has some rapids and can be VERY cold, even in summer. So cold my toes started to curl due to the extreme cold water last time I was on the river. 

Pine River Paddlesport Center - 9590 M-37, Wellston, MI 49689. Pine River Paddlesport Center  has Canoes, Kayaks, Rafting Rentals/Trips on Michigan's Pine and Manistee Rivers. 

Ludington State Park Tubing at Hamlin Beach

Ludington State Park and Campgrounds - 8800 M-116, Ludington, MI 49431. Hamlin Beach: A variety of tubes are available for purchase at Hamlin Lake Concessions, the Cedar Camp Store, and the Lake Michigan Beach House. Otherwise you can also rent kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, pedal boats and row boats.

Grab our guide to Ludington State Park!

If you love camping, check out our KOA Campgrounds in Michigan!

Stony Haven Campground & Cabins

Stony Haven Campground & Cabins - 8079 W Stony Lake Rd, New Era, MI 49446. Stony Haven is a peaceful, family-friendly Christian campground.  While camping, you can rent 

  • River Tubes
  • Fun Cycles & Pedal Karts
  • Kayaks, Canoes, & Rowboats

Midwest Michigan: White River Tubing

There's so many places to go tubing in Michigan!

Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery - 401 E Fruitvale Rd, Montague, MI 49437. Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery offers canoe, kayak, tube and raft rentals on the White River. They are located in Montague, Michigan which is near Muskegon, and Silver Lake Sand Dunes; an easy drive from Grand Haven, Holland and Grand Rapids Michigan.

Southeast Michigan: Ann Arbor - Huron River Tubing

Check out these awesome Ann Arbor river tubing outfitters for some of the
best river tubing in Michigan!

Skip's Huron River Canoe Livery - 3902 E Delhi Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery & Outfitters is located across from (East) Delhi Metropark’s main entrance and operated within the Metroparks located in Dexter and Ann Arbor, MI.

Skip’s is a full-service canoe, kayak, and tubing rental facility providing access to the most scenic stretch of the Huron River.

Argo Park Canoe & Kayak - Rental tubes stay in the Argo Cascades and are returned at the Argo Livery​. ​​Tube down the cascade rapids and walk back up on the adjacent trail to repeat 2-4 times in your 2-hour rental​.

Southwest Michigan: Kalamazoo River Tubing

Tubing Kalamazoo!

Marshall Recreation Department - They rent Canoe/Kayak/Tubes to go tubing on the North Branch Kalamazoo River.

Southwest Michigan: Thornapple River Tubing

U-Rent-Em Canoe Livery - 805 W Apple St, Hastings, MI 49058. They rent canoes, kayaks, inflatable kayaks and tubes. Located on the scenic Thornapple River in downtown Hastings, U-Rent-Em Canoe Livery is West Michigan’s oldest, largest and friendliest canoe, kayak and tube rental since 1966.

Southwest Michigan: Rogue River Tubing - Grand Rapids Tubing

AAA Canoe Rental LLC - 525 Northland Dr NE #9751, Rockford, MI 49341. AAA Canoe is a full service provider of canoe, kayak and tube float trips on the scenic Rogue River for the past 45 years.

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