With the recent heatwave currently making its mark in Southeast Minnesota, people are more than ever ready to find ways to cool off. One of those ways has always been grabbing a large inflatable tube, some friends and family and lazily drifting down one of the many rivers in the region.

Here are the best locations to go tubing in Southeast Minnesota, according to Google reviews and ratings.


Zumbro River - Zumbro River Ratz & Zumbro Valley Canoe Rental

Lisa Schuchard double checks to make sure everyone had a life jackets before heading out on the Zumbro River from Hammond to Millville Saturday. She has opened Zumbro River Ratz canoe/kayak/tube rentals out of her Millville home.
Lisa Schuchard double checks to make sure everyone had a life jackets before heading out on the Zumbro River from Hammond to Millville Saturday. She has opened Zumbro River Ratz canoe/kayak/tube rentals out of her Millville home.

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Arguably the most popular river in the region, the Zumbro River has been a go-to destination for water recreational activities for generations.

River tube rental businesses such as Zumbro River Ratz, located at 59155 County Road 2 in Millville, and Zumbro Valley Canoe Rental at 61772 US Highway 63 in Zumbro Falls, gives people the opportunity to rent a tube and enjoy a relaxing ride.

Zumbro River Ratz has a 3.3 rating out of 62 google reviews. Zumbro Valley Canoe Rental has a 4.2 rating out of 32 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"Hot day! Cold water! Great day!! We had a blast going down the river. Lady at check in let us know that it'd take about 3 hours and gave directions of where to get out. Waited a little bit for a shuttle but I feel like when you go to do something like this you shouldn't be in a hurry. Saw a Fawn, turtles and lots of beautiful birds. Would go again!"

"Loved tubing with my kids down the river."

"The polar opposite of other tubing experiences I have had. Lovely lazy river with zero rapids. Depth 0-6+ feet pretty clear water. No butt bumpers. Lots of fun little islands to get out and play. Super kid friendly. Best of all they work with reservations, and limit numbers. Staff wore masks and were helpful while also being COVID safe. Make sure you bring sunglasses and sunscreen as there is almost no shade on the river. Snacks are a good idea especially with kids, took us 4 hours to do the whole trip. Would definitely go again."

"Had a lovely day floating down the river with a convenient shuttle ride back!"


Root River - Root River Outfitters

Andrew Dettinger, front, his girlfriend, Hannah Ortscheid, back left, Elana Dettinger, and Axel Dettinger, all of Rochester, put their tubes in the South Branch of the Root River at the Dam to take the short tubing route Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Lanesboro. Root River Outfitters owner Caleb Rissman said he wasn't renting tubes to customers for the long route because water levels on the North Branch of the Root River were too high.
Andrew Dettinger, front, his girlfriend, Hannah Ortscheid, back left, Elana Dettinger, and Axel Dettinger, all of Rochester, put their tubes in the South Branch of the Root River at the Dam to take the short tubing route Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Lanesboro. Root River Outfitters owner Caleb Rissman said he wasn't renting tubes to customers for the long route because water levels on the North Branch of the Root River were too high.

The 80-mile river slithering its way through Southeast Minnesota has people ready to plunge in come summertime. A popular destination to enter the river lies in Lanesboro at Root River Outfitters at 109 Parkway Ave South.

You can rent your choice of a canoe, kayak or tube to get into the lazy river and enjoy a 2.5 to 3-hour trip.

Root River Outfitters has a 4.1 rating out of 88 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"Best tubing service in SE Minnesota!"

"We brought our own tubes and paid $5 for the bus to bring us back! Best $5 I spent. Tubing is tubing. We did go towards the end of the year, so river was lower and more low spots to deal with, but still had a blast!!!"

"Fun tubing down the Root River."


Cannon River - Welch Mill

Located a little farther north in the Southern Minnesota region is the Cannon River, beginning right along the Mississippi River and flowing west for 112 miles through towns such as Welch, which offers a tube rental service for those to get on the river.

Welch Mill located at 26289 County 7 Boulevard in Welch, offers up canoes, kayaks and tubes has left many customers ready to come back for a bus ride to the river and a scenic trip in the water.

Welch Mill has a 4.7 rating out of 407 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"Tubing down the Cannon River is BY FAR my favorite summer activity. The nature in this area is so stunning and the river seems very clean."

"Our family of 6 had a wonderful time floating down the river. Loved that the shuttle took you to the start and you finished back at your car. Pretty scenery too. We'll be back!"

"Floated down river with my wife and another couple. We all had a great time and definitely look forward to doing it again. The staff were really fun! Thanks for a great day!"