GUIDED TUBING ON WATAUGA RIVER

EXTREME RIVER TUBE TRIPS ARE AVAILABLE

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EXTREME RIVER TUBING 

2.0 - 3.0 Hours   

FAST MOVING WHITEWATER MIXED WITH A LITTLE FLOATING

Depending upon the water flow and your paddling

Approximately 4 - 6 Miles

 

This trip is for Thrill Seeker & Adventurer the water is fast and has several rapids ranging from class I - II+

The water is fast and cold making it a great way to relieve the summer heat.   The water may become faster and higher depending upon TVA water release. 

Each person must be able to paddle to avoid hazards that are in the river.

You may paddle a lot, or a little depending upon the flow of water.  This is a great trip full of splashes and fun.

GREAT FOR THE ACTIVE FAMILY THAT LOVES WATER

TAX INCLUDED IN PRICE

$49.00/person

 

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GUIDED RIVER TUBING ON WATAUGA RIVER

 

Near Boone NC, Banner Elk, Bristol VA, Kingsport TN, Johnson City TN, Elizabethton TN

 

HIGH OR LOW WATER DEPENDING UPON TVA WATER RELEASE SCHEDULE

GUIDED FAMILY TUBING ON WATAUGA RIVER

ALL  GUIDED TUBING TRIPS REQUIRE A RESERVATION

THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S TUBING

 

AGE 7 AND UP,  ADULTS LOVE IT AS MUCH AS KIDS

WATAUGA RIVER IS NOT A LAZY RIVER

 EXTREME River Tubing trips

are mixed with a little slow  and fast-moving water

with sections of class I & II WHITEWATER Excitement

 

THESE TRIPS ARE ONLY BOOKED ONLINE

ALL  GUIDED TUBING TRIPS YOU MUST HAVE A RESERVATION 

AND VERY LIMITED TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE

 

River Tubing on Watauga River is a great way to chill with friends and family.   This trip combines slow-moving water in some spots and faster-moving whitewater sections in others.  Watauga River has crystal clear cold water making this a perfect way to cool off during the hot summer days. This is a great trip for more active families looking to have fun for a few hours on the river getting wet.  This trip is recommended for physically active individuals in good health, and children that are old enough to paddle (normally 7 and up) by themselves or be towed by a parent (must be at least 4). You are responsible for yourself and your child each will have a PFD (life Jacket) which must be worn at all times, and a paddle that will help you steer so you may avoid rocks, trees, and bushes that may be in or alongside the river bank.  A perfect river tubing trip for families wanting more excitement, and fun, and to enjoy the scenery and each other. No room for coolers, and no alcohol please this is a family afternoon of river tubing adventures.    A guide will be with the group, giving instructions and assisting you if needed.  This is a mix of slower water  & whitewater making it like no other extreme tube trip offered near Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, North Carolina and Johnson City, Bristol Raceway, Kingsport, TN.  Make sure you are not in a hurry to finish, this can be slow in some places, but fast in others this is dependent upon TVA release and your paddling... The more you paddle the faster you will finish.  This guided river extreme tube trip requires you to paddle to keep you from hazards.  A great way to just hang out and enjoy nature and friends. The pace is faster on high water, but lots of fun and excitement;  Are you ready for an adventure you will be talking about for weeks?  The tubes are very stable and flipping is rare. Come play on the water with us!

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Guided EXTREME RIVER TUBING

High or Low Water Depending upon TVA Water Release

STARTS AT WILBUR DAM - ENDS approximately 4 - 6 miles down river.

This is a trip for thrill seekers and a fun-loving group that loves water.  Fast-moving water with the excitement of class I & II rapids, and smooth slow pools are a great day for anyone that loves the outdoors and getting wet. We recommend Adults and Children 7 + for this trip.

Monday - Friday 1:00 - 6:00 TVA RELEASES WATER NORMALLY 1700 CFS

SATURDAYS 12:00 - 6:00 TVA RELEASES WATER CAN RANGE FROM 1600 CFS UP TO 2700_+ CFS

SUNDAYS  NORMALLY NO WATER IS RELEASED FROM TVA

DURING WATER RELEASE THE WATER IS FASTER AND REQUIRES MORE PADDLING TO KEEP AWAY FROM HAZARDS.

SUNDAYS THE WATER IS SLOWER ABOUT 250 CFS AND MAY REQUIRE MORE PADDLING TO AVOID ROCKS.

THIS IS NOT A SIT AND FLOAT TUBE TRIP, YOU MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND PADDLE TO AVOID HAZARDS.

NO OTHER TUBE TRIP IS LIKE IT, COME SEE WHAT FUN AN EXTREME RIVER TUBE TRIP CAN BE.

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THIS TRIP IS ONLY BOOKED ONLINE

LIMITED TO SMALL GROUPS

 

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INFORMATION ON GUIDED RIVER TUBING There are class I & II rapids along with calm smooth pools.  This is a TVA dam-controlled natural river with fast-moving water, rocks, deep spots, trees, and other obstacles to deal with.   We recommend that you should know how to swim on this trip.

 

THESE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS WE CAN GIVE YOU TO HAVE A SAFE AND FUN DAY ON THE WATER

 

All river tubing, swimming, wading, rafting, kayaking, funyaking, and other river activities have both inherent and unknown risks and dangers.  These include, but are not limited to, injury or loss of life. Each person must take responsibility for themselves and their child, common sense, use caution, and think about safety first!

This is not a Lazy River

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

AT LEAST ONE OR MORE RIVER GUIDES ON EACH TRIP, TRANSPORTATION, A DELUXE RIVER TUBE WITH A BOTTOM, PADDLE, PFD, WATER, FREE PICTURES, BACKREST, AND A TUBING EXPERIENCE YOU WILL REMEMBER.  (THIS IS NOT DISNEY WORLD YOU ARE OUTDOORS IN THE WILD)  THE GUIDE ALSO CARRIES A FIRST AID KIT, AN EXTRA TUBE IF YOU WERE TO POP YOURS - WHICH IS UNLIKELY, AND A PUMP, THROW BAG, AND MORE.  WE WILL PROVIDE ONE PERSON FROM YOUR GROUP WITH A WATERPROOF CAMERA TO USE WHILE ON THE TRIP,  AND SEND YOU FREE PICTURES BY EMAIL. TAX IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EXTREME RIVER TUBING AND A RIVER FLOAT TRIP?

A river float trip is normally done on a shallow low flowing river where people may rent a tube and take their time floating down the river hitting rocks, wading, and pulling their tube when the water is too shallow.  Most of the time you are on your own.

THE EXTREME RIVER TUBING TRIP 

IS A GUIDED TRIP, WHERE AT LEAST ONE OR MORE GUIDES WILL BE ON THE TRIP EXPLAINING WHERE YOU MAY WANT TO GO AND NOT GO.  They will help you as needed, and keep you safer than if you were by yourself.  THIS TRIP IS APPROXIMATELY 2-3 HOURS LONG WHICH TAKES YOU  4- 6 MILES DOWN THE RIVER.

WE ENCOUNTER ADRENALINE-PUMPING SMALL RAPIDS, SOME LARGER WAVES, (YES ON A TUBE YOU THINK A SMALL WAVE IS A GIANT WAVE) BEAUTIFUL VIEWS, ROCK FORMATIONS, AND UNEXPECTED TREASURES.  LAUGHING ALONG THE WAY, WITH WATER SPLASHING AND FRIENDS YELLING HAVING A GREAT TIME.  SUNDAYS ARE SLOWER AND LOWER WATER, BUT MONDAY - FRIDAY THE WATER WILL BE HIGHER AND FASTER AFTER 1 PM.  SATURDAYS ARE THE HIGHEST AND FASTEST WATER AFTER 12:00 NOON.    THIS IS A FUN AND EXCITING TRIP, BUT YOU MUST PADDLE TO AVOID HAZARDS.   WE RECOMMEND AGE 7 AND OLDER.   

WATER LEVELS

GUIDED TUBING TRIPS ARE SCHEDULED BY RESERVATION  MONDAY - SUNDAY APRIL TO LATE OCTOBER.   THE WATER IS NORMALLY LOWER AND SLOWER  ON SUNDAYS.  WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THE WATER LEVEL AND THE VOLUME OF WATER RELEASED BY TVA. 

MONDAY - SATURDAY  NORMALLY THE WATER IS HIGHER AND FASTER DEPENDING UPON TVA RELEASE.  

AFTER LABOR DAY AND BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY THE WATER LEVELS ARE LOWER AND SLOWER UNLESS TVA SCHEDULES A RELEASE.  THE WATER IS CRYSTAL CLEAR AND COLD MAKING IT A PERFECT ADVENTURE FOR THOSE HOT SUMMER DAYS.

 

WHAT DO YOU OFFER IN YOUR SHOP TO PURCHASE

WE HAVE TEE SHIRTS, WATER SHOES, HATS, SUNGLASSES, EYEGLASS STRAPS, STICKERS, WATER BOTTLE STRAPS, THROW BAGS, DRY BAGS, AND MORE.

 

WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT OR WEIGHT LIMIT

THE EXTREME TUBING TRIP AGE 7 AND OLDER IS RECOMMENDED.  EACH PERSON MUST BE ABLE TO PADDLE.  THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT IS 300LBS

 

DO I HAVE TO WEAR SHOES

YES, SHOES ARE REQUIRED, PLEASE WEAR SECURE SHOES TO PROTECT YOUR FEET FROM SHARP OBJECTS, AND KEEP YOUR SHOES ON AT ALL TIMES.  AVOID FLIP-FLOPS THEY TEND TO COME OFF EASILY IN RAPIDS. 

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ON MY TRIP

SUNBLOCK, SUNGLASSES, AND A HAT ARE RECOMMENDED, ANY MEDICINE IS NEEDED WHILE OUTDOORS, AND DRY CLOTHES.

 

ALCOHOL POLICY /  COOLER POLICY

WE DO NOT ALLOW ALCOHOL OR  COOLERS ON THESE TRIPS

 

SHOULD I TAKE MY CELL PHONE

YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE ANYTHING THAT CAN BE LOST OR DAMAGED

 

CAR KEYS

LEAVE THEM WITH US IN THE SAFETY OF OUR KEY BOX

 

JEWELRY

LEAVE ALL JEWELRY IN YOUR CAR INCLUDING RINGS THEY SLIP OFF VERY EASILY IN WATER.

 

RESTROOMS / CHANGING BOOTHS

WE HAVE CHANGING BOOTHS AND RESTROOMS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

 

ARE LIFE JACKETS REQUIRED

YES, EACH PERSON MUST WEAR THEIR PFD WHILE ON THE WATER

 

WHAT IF I AM AFRAID AT FIRST

MAKE SURE YOU TELL THE GUIDE AND KEEP IT IN THE FRONT OF THE GROUP.  THE GUIDE WILL HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

DO NOT TIE YOUR TUBES TOGETHER, OR TO YOURSELF -  THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS

EXCEPTION FOR TOWING A SMALL CHILD - THE CONNECTION MUST BE A QUICK RELEASE IN CASE YOU CAN QUICKLY UNTIE FROM THE OTHER TUBE.   ONE COMMON OPTION FOR PEOPLE TO STAY ATTACHED TO EACH OTHER WHILE TUBING, IS BY HOOKING THEIR FEET ON THE OTHER PERSON'S TUBE, WHICH WORKS QUITE WELL.

PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS SHOULD CONSULT THEIR PHYSICIAN BEFORE TUBING AT THEIR OWN RISK

PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD CONSULT THEIR PHYSICIAN BEFORE TUBING AT THEIR OWN RISK

PETS - ARE NOT RECOMMENDED

PLEASE DO NOT LITTER

 

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because we don't know what to do with it."

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Watauga Kayak offers Guided River Tubing Trips

 

Watauga Kayak offers GUIDED River Tube Trips near Boone and Banner Elk NC, in Elizabethton, Tennessee for adults and children wanting a little more excitement on a river tubing float trip.  Enjoy GOD's Creations and Live Life to its fullest.  One guide is with each tubing group assisting as needed. These trips are fun and easy for most people, but it's no Disney Ride! this is nature at its best and anything could happen so you must take responsibility for the actions you're in the wild.  You may see deer, beaver, waterfowl, and even a bear.  Each person must take responsibility for themselves and follow all the instructions to make this a safe & fun experience. 

Trips may start at different locations due to river levels, and unforeseen hazards.  These trips range from approximately 4 - 6 miles which may take anywhere from 2.0 hours to 3+ hours to float. This is a mix of slow-moving water and faster-moving water which will take you thru some class I and class II whitewater rapids.  The water is cold but refreshing on hot summer days making this the perfect adventure, the water level is low on specific days and higher on others since TVA has a generating schedule we know the day prior most of the time.  A great tubing trip filled with splashes and family fun.   These tubes have bottoms and are 44" - 54" around making it a great way to float the river.    

River Tubing Trips are perfect for a day of fun and excitement.   This is a perfect guided tubing trip for families wanting to laugh, scream, and splash down a wild river.  it's what you make of it to create the perfect day.  As we tube down the Watauga River you will be enchanted with the beauty of the river many different varieties of wildflowers abound during, the spring, summer, and fall seasons.  See large rock formations, wetlands, and underwater aquatic foliage a treat for all.   You will also be in rocky areas with lower water that you may have to walk to get near deeper pools to float your tube, or in higher water, you will have to maneuver around rapids and other hazards.  Tubing is all about fun and laughs for all a great adventure for adults and children 7 and up.    Each participant should know how to swim.  

 

Watauga River Elizabethton, Tennessee has many Indian arrowheads along the river's edge where the Cherokee Indiana's used to travel the area and fish if you're lucky you may find one. 

 

Watauga Kayak uses the most up-to-date equipment, and all our equipment and gear are cleaned daily.   We don't just say we keep our equipment in top shape for our customer's comfort and use, you can see it for yourself. Who wants a dirty stinky PFD to wear - NOT ME,   On these trips you will have a tube with bottom, backrest,  paddle, PFD that must be worn at all times, and transportation with a guide to assist as needed.  YOU NEED TO BRING SUNSCREEN, SHOES,  DRY CLOTHES, AND A HAT OR SUNGLASSES  WILL HELP MAKE YOUR ADVENTURE GREAT.

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