Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make a reservation? the Book Now! button to get started.  Pick the date/time you want (anything greyed out is already fully booked), select the number of Tube Rentals that you need, and click "Add to cart". You then get the option to 'Add On Cooler Tubes and Paddles!'. Please make sure you select the same date/time for the Add Ons as you did for the Tube Rentals.

Do I need a waiver?

Yes, each Plainfield River Tubing guest is required to complete the online waiver before arriving for check in.  Parents/guardians will  be required to complete the waiver for minors under 18.

Are you open every weekend?

We are open every Saturday and Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, weather permitting.

What happens if it rains?

You can still float in the rain, however, in case of lightning or thunderstorms, do the following:

Get out of and away from the river as soon as you hear thunder or see lightning. Thunder means lightning is near. Get off the water as the storm approaches; don't wait for it to hit.

Seek shelter, if available. Don't stay near tall, isolated objects such as a lone tree, instead shelter near a dense group of trees or shrubs. Crouch down to stay low. Stay away from objects that conduct electricity such as wire fences, power lines and other tall objects.

If no shelter is available, stay low by crouching down. Get off elevated areas such as hills, ridges and peaks. Seek a low spot and crouch down, feet close together with your head tucked down and your hands over your ears. Spread out, keeping people several yards apart.

Stay low but don't sit or lie down on the ground; you want to minimize ground contact.

Monitor the storm - thunderstorms move quickly. After you see lightning, count the seconds until you hear thunder. Every 5 seconds equals a mile in distance. If the time increases, the storm may be moving away. If you see lightning but don't hear thunder, the storm is probably 15 miles away. If you hear thunder, the storm is within 10 miles - within lightning strike distance. If you see your hair standing on end or feel tingling, taste something metallic, smell ozone, start to get dizzy or sweat, hear vibrating, buzzing or crackling - get to cover or crouch down. The movement of electricity just before lightning strikes creates these sensations.

If a lightning strike occurs, call 911 immediately. 911 will guide you on how to proceed.

Stay away from the river until 30 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder heard.

Make sure to regularly check our Facebook page @PlainfieldRiverTubing for updates regarding cancellations and float conditions.

What should I wear?

Swimsuit or equivalent. Make sure you wear shoes that will stay on, like water shoes, gym shoes, etc. Flip Flops and sandals without backs aren't permitted.

Do you have restroom and changing rooms?

No. We currently do not have restrooms or changing rooms.

Is there an age or weight limit?

The minimum age is 5 years old for tubing. Tube manufacturers recommended weight limit is 250 pounds.

Do I need to be physically fit to go tubing?

Most people don’t find tubing very strenuous. If the river is low, however, it can involve a bit of work. The lower the water level, the more work required.

Will I get wet?

Yes! We recommend you put your towel in a dry bag or in the car.

Do I have to be able to swim?

We recommend you’re able to swim before floating. Life jackets are available for your safety at no charge.

What should I do with my keys and personal items while tubing?

We have watertight storage bags for sale for phone, keys, wallet, etc., or you can bring your own.

How long is the float?

Float times vary from 1 - 4.5 hours depending on river flow and wind.

Where does the float end?

The current route ends at West Electric Park.

How deep is the water?

Most of the river is shin to knee deep, but some sections could be over your head.

Do you have a lifeguard on duty?

No guide or lifeguard accompanies you on the river.

Can we tie our tubes together?

Yes. We have straps available to connect the tubes. For safety reasons, we don’t recommend floating down with more than 6 tubes connected.

Can I take a cooler?

Yes and you can rent a cooler tube to put it in. We have 2 sizes of cooler tubes available.

Can I take alcohol?

Alcohol is not permitted.

Can I get out of the river during the trip (to eat, shop, etc.)?

No. Please remember that most of the property along the river is private property. Your trip will end in Downtown Plainfield and within walking distance to bars, shops and restaurants. The exception is if there is lightning, get out of the river wherever you are.

Can I bring a camera?

We recommend a waterproof camera as it may get wet.

Do you sell items for our tubing experience?

Absolutely! For your convenience, we have items for sale at check in including watertight storage bags and koozies.

Do you offer gift cards?

Yes! Just click the Book Now! button to purchase Gift Cards in any amount you want.

Can I bring my dog?

As of now, we are not permitting pets to float the river.