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River Tubing

Please advise: If your plans are to OVER CONSUME alcohol while floating, please choose another outfitter.
This only adds additional headaches and drama for others floating the river and for the Seven Oaks staff. We understand having a few drinks while floating the river is fun, but please drink responsibly and have a designated driver.

Seven Oaks is located in Boone, Iowa - a quick drive from Ames, Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Johnston, Urbandale,
Waukee, West Des Moines, Grimes, Adel, and other surrounding communities. Come visit us today!

2017 River Tube Rates & Information

(All rates are subject to change. Add 7% sales tax to all rates)


Seven Oaks offers full service canoe, kayak and river tube rentals. Here's how it works:

  • We float 5 days a week, Thursdays thru Mondays. We are typically closed for floating Tuesdays and Wednesdays but will consider groups with advanced reservations, call us at 515-432-9457 to discuss.
  • We have 4 launch times daily.
  • Make a reservation with us online or by calling us at 515-432-9457.
  • Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled float time so you can stop in the ticket office to get signed in. We’ll leave the parking lot at your scheduled launch time.
  • You will be taken to the river by a Seven Oaks bus or van. We will explain your trip to you and answer any questions you might have. We do not float with you on your trip. You may be taken to the river with others but that does not mean you need to float with them or even finish at the same time as them.
  • We list approximate times that the float may take you but you are welcome to stay out on the river until the “off the water time.” Off-the-river-time is 6 pm May thru August; 5 pm September and October.
  • We’ll be at the take-out boat ramp to pick you up and take you back to your vehicle at Seven Oaks.

Seven Oaks invites you to experience the beauty of the scenic Des Moines river valley. On a quiet afternoon you will see animals on the river banks, birds flying overhead, wild flowers growing in the wooded bluffs and a bald eagles nest just past the Kate Shelly High Bridge.

Before you make a reservation for one of our river floats please visit our Important Summer Fun Information Guide. This will help you plan for the trip.

Seven Oaks
River Tube Des Moines River

The first stretch of 7 miles is great for river tubing! Passing under the staggering 185 ft. tall Kate Shelley High Bridge, the river is rich with scenery and great sandbars to park along. The tube float is normally 3-5 hours of on the water fun!

Approximate times and distance
3 to 5 hour float covering 7 miles

Enjoy a scenic river tube float that will take you under the longest and highest double-track railway bridge in the world with trains passing 185 feet overhead approx. every 15 minutes.

River float times are subject to river flow, wind and paddling time. Seven Oaks reserves the right to alter trips based on boat ramp conditions, water levels and wind conditions.

River Tube Hours

Check in a minimum of 30 minutes before your transportation departure time. Complimentary transportation departs from Seven Oaks for the River Tube Trip at 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm (2pm float only available when river has adequate flow, so please call ahead to check river flow, 515-432-9457). First pick-up is 12:00pm. Trip departures before or after these hours must be pre-arranged with Seven Oaks.

Off-the-river-time 6 pm May thru August; 5 pm September and October.

A late fee of $5 per person per quarter hour is charged after the designated “off the river” time.

River Tube Rates

(add 7% sales tax to all rates)
Prices subject to change.

Floating Conditions

Floating rates include transporting watercraft, one personal floatation device per person and complimentary transportation.

Full Service Tube Float

$29/per person
Tube for your cooler, only $8 + tax. Bring your 48 qt cooler or smaller and we will fit a tube around it. Soft sided coolers and styrofoam coolers are not allowed.

Groups of 12 or More River Tubes

$25/tube per group member
Advance reservation required for group rates. Group leader is responsible for lump sum payment.

River Tubing Season

May Through October
Floats outside these season dates are subject to weather and at the discretion of Seven Oaks.

River Tubing Reservations

Before you make a reservation for one of our river floats please visit our Important Summer Fun Information Guide. This will help you plan for the trip.

To ensure that river tubes are available, and to help us provide the service you expect, we encourage and recommend reservations be made as far in advance as possible. A credit card is required when making reservations.

If plans need to be cancelled or numbers reduced, you must notify Seven Oaks a minimum of 7 days before the date of the planned float. Any changes within the 7 days will be charged in full and a “Credit Certificate” will be issued.

Floating on Sunday through Friday will typically offer more solitude and be a quieter, relaxing float experience. Saturdays are generally busier with groups and more of a party atmosphere. Taking the 9:30 am float will help avoid some of that.

Call 515-432-9457 or make your canoe, kayak, or river tube reservation online.




Retail Items

Drinks, ice, candy bars, t-shirts, can koozies, wet dry bags & other “oh, I forgot” items are available on site.

River Tubing Terms of Service

River Tubes will not be rented to persons 15 years of age and younger without adult supervision. Persons aged 16 and 17 must have a parent/guardian indemnification signature on the rental agreement. All participants must sign an Indemnification Agreement/Liability Form. You may print the agreement to obtain required signatures prior to arrival.


Drinking alcohol increases your risks of drowning!


Seven Oaks Recreation
River Tubing Policies

In the event of heavy rains or high water as determined by Seven Oaks, rain checks will be issued.

We charge for all lost or damaged equipment. Damaged equipment caused by abuse or carelessness is your responsibility; we do expect normal wear and tear.

A retrieval fee of $25.00 will be charged for river tubes abandoned or lodged.

A late fee of $5.00 per person per quarter hour is charged after the designated “off the river” time.

Glass containers and Styrofoam not allowed on river floats. No kegs in campground or river floats.

Seven Oaks prohibits ropes/twine for tying together canoes, kayaks or river tubes. If you wish to tie together, use pool noodles or other break-away connections only.



Seven Oaks Recreation
Water Trail Rules

Respect Property and Others
Do not tamper with private or public property. Respect staff doing their jobs and others enjoying the water trail with you, whether in your group or not.

Be Safe
Seven Oaks strongly encourages that all floaters know how to swim before taking on of their river floats. River users are required to have a Personal Flotation Device in the boat. Actually wearing it greatly increases your chance of survival if you capsize. River levels change and conditions change constantly. Exit river during thunderstorms. Avoid hazards such as snags and ALWAYS portage at low-head dams.

Limit Alcohol Consumption
Intoxication on waterways leads to poor judgment and increased risk of drowning. This river is public property and subject to the governing laws. . If you plan to drink alcohol on the river . . . please drink responsibly.

No Littering or Dumping
No glass containers on float trips. Please protect and preserve the beauty of the Des Moines River by keeping it clean, do not litter. Leave NO trace. Volunteers work to keep this river clean.

Dragoon River Romp

The 2017 Dragoon River Romp will be Saturday, September 16.


 

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