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River Tubing

Group of three people relaxing and river tubing on the Zumbro River
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Three friends go tubing on the Zumbro River in southern Minnesota / Paul Vincent

Float Down Minnesota's Rivers

Relax and unwind on the water.

No matter who's in your crew or what's in your cooler, Minnesota's scenic riverways are your ticket to the perfect summer getaway. Pack a cooler of sandwiches and snacks for the kids and spend the day reconnecting with nature as a family. Or float and sip your way down a lazy river with your best buds and a few Minnesota-made craft pilsners. Whether you're looking for outfitters to provide an inner tube and ride to your entry point or simply the best spots for a lazy day on the water, your adventure starts here.

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Seven women river tubing on the Root River in southern Minnesota

Friends tubing on the Root River in southern Minnesota / Michael Hicks, shared under CC BY 2.0

Root River

The Root River in southeastern Minnesota is one of the state's most scenic waterways, defined by prominent, limestone bluffs and a handful of charming small towns along its banks. Rent tubes from an area outfitter and enjoy an exciting float on the rushing river. 

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A trio of friends trek over high grass to find the perfect launch point for their bright yellow inner tubes under a light blue sky

Friends tubing down the Zumbro River / Paul Vincent

Zumbro River

Located just outside of Rochester in southeastern Minnesota, the Zumbro's lively current offers one of the state's most exciting river tubing experiences. Scenery ranges from gentle woods and marshes to dramatic limestone cliffs that remind you this is Minnesota's Bluff Country.

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Group of friends river tubing on the Otter Tail River

Tubing on the Otter Tail River near Detroit Lakes

Otter Tail River

The Otter Tail region in west-central Minnesota is known for its charming small towns and family-friendly, laid back vibe. Its slow-moving namesake river is served by two commercial outfitters in Detroit Lakes and is popular with families seeking a relaxing day on the water.

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The Rum River in central Minnesota

The quiet and calm Rum River in central Minnesota / Brett Whaley, shared under CC BY-NC 2.0

Rum River

A contender for the laziest river in all of Minnesota, the Rum River is perfect for people who really want to lay back and luxuriate on the water. The river turns into a major party scene on weekends, but remains fairly quiet on weekdays. Tube rentals and rides are available in Isanti.

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A crowd of people gets ready to start tubing the Cannon River

The Cannon River is one of Minnesota's most popular river tubing spots / Welch Mill

Cannon River

Located between Red Wing and Cannon Falls in southern Minnesota, the Cannon River is one of the state's most popular tubing spots. Expect big crowds and plenty of of new friends on any hot summer afternoon.

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A group of friends relaxes while river tubing on the Platte River

Unwind with a float on the relaxed Platte River in central Minnesota / Courtesy of Visit Greater St. Cloud

Platte River

Take a meandering float through central Minnesota's rustic farmland and the scenic Platte River Valley. Rentals and rides are available from Two Rivers Campground & Tubing, which prides itself on a family-friendly atmosphere both on and off the river. 

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