We went tubing here with a 12yo, 10yo, and 7yo. We arrived before noon and checked in. It took maybe 20 minutes to wait for the pontoonn boat to take you up the river where they drop you off.
The trip lasts around 2-4 hours depending on the current. When we went the current was very slow and the wind was coming up-river. It was taking FOREVER to make any progress. If you want to just nap in the tube this is great. After about 90 minutes we got a little antsy and started paddling. Even with paddling the trip took us 3 hours which for us was too long.
This part of the river was very interesting. There were 3-4 areas of beach to stop at and have a picnic lunch. We rented a tube for our cooler and took snacks and drinks.
This is not a deserted stretch of beach though. There are wisconsin touring duck-boats going down this area of the river. We were able to hear the guides description of the rock formations and learn the history of this part of the river :) One guide even pointed us out as an interesting species not native to the Dells.
There was also the Jet Boat tour which would come down the river and make a fairly large wake which kind of broke up the monotony of slowly floating down the river.
Tip - buy some food for lunch ahead of time. The bait shop and restaurant don't really have sandwiches. The bait shop had bread, ham, cheese, chips and drinks but nothing premade.
Tip - Make sure to arrive early. They can run out of tubes if it is busy.
- Also Known As:
- Rivers Edge Hotel Wisconsin Dells
- Rivers Edge Motel