What’s your favorite way to get outside during the summer? Leavenworth offers endless opportunities to get outside and here is no better way to cool off the summer heat than a day spent on the Wenatchee River. A Leavenworth river tubing trip is a fantastic way to make memories of the ones you love as you float down the river with a cold drink in hand and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the North Cascades. We have all the info you need to plan a wonderful day on the river!
When is Tubing Season in Leavenworth?
In Leavenworth, tubing season takes place during the warmer/summer months, from May to June. The best time to go tubing is early in the season, as the water is colder, and the weather is nicer
As the summer heat starts to pick up, so does the number of people tubing or swimming in Lake Wenatchee. To avoid the crowds, try going mid-week or early in the morning.
What You Need for Your Trip
To have a successful and safe trip down the river, there are a few things you’ll need to bring.
- First and foremost, you’ll need an inner tube! You can either bring your own from home or rent one from a local outfitter.
- If you bring your own tube, make sure it’s in good condition and doesn’t have any holes. It’s also a good idea to bring a patch kit, just in case.
- You’ll also need to bring a life jacket, as they are required by law, and children under the age of 12 must always wear a life jacket.
- Other important items to bring include sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, snacks, drinks, and a first-aid kit.
Getting to the River
The put-in for the Wenatchee River is located just outside of town near the Icicle Road bridge. To get there, take Highway 2 east out of town and turn right onto Icicle Road. Follow Icicle Road for about 2 miles until you reach the bridge.
There is a small parking area on the right-hand side of the road just before the bridge. This is where you’ll park your car and start your tubing adventure.
Floating Down the Wenatchee River
Once you’ve got all your gear, it’s time to float in the river! The Wenatchee River is relatively calm and slow-moving, making it a great choice for those who are new to tubing
The float itself is about 5 miles long, and an easy amble down the river, taking anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete.
Along the way, you’ll pass through some stunning scenery, including tall trees, rocky cliffs, and green meadows. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, as you might see some deer or even an eagle or two.
As you continue your float down the river, be sure to stop at one of the many swimming holes along the way. These are great places to cool off and take a break from tubing.
When you reach the end of the float, you’ll see a sign that says “take-out.” This is where you’ll get out of the river and head back to your car.
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