Thursday, May 31, 2012

River Tubing down Deschutes River (Tumwater)


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River Tubing down the Deschutes River

Start at Pioneer Park and float down to Tumwater Falls Park




Pioneer Park Address: 
5800 Henderson Blvd.
Olympia, WA 


Tumwater Falls Park Address:
110 Deschutes Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501


Description: This is a slow moving river with a few "faster" spots and the float takes about 2 hours. Shoes are strongly recommended. You can float this river in a tube, inflatable mini raft or an inflatable kayak. Be sure to leave some cars at Tumwater Falls Park (about an 8 min. drive) so that when you are done you can get back to Pioneer Park for the other cars. 


12 comments:

  1. Just did this last night 4-29-14 on a Standup Paddle Board. There are 5 large trees across the river. 3 of the trees are blocking, during the first half of the trip and you will have to around or over to pass. Please be careful. D

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  2. Anyone float this yet this year? Thinking about going this weekend.

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  3. Did it yesterday. Had to pick up the floats three times due to shallow water but still a nice float.

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  4. Floated river 06-26-2016,river not as calm as last year. I wouldn't advise taking small children right now,There are just too many log jams. Water moving fast, Stay alert!

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    1. This is good to know! I was considering going river tubing with friends at the end of July. Is it possible to stand up in this water where it can get fast? Or would you not recommend this for anyone? Thanks!

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  6. 6/25/17 Just went with a group. The log jams are much worse this year than last year. They are tricky, especially if you have kids with you. We had 4 toddlers, and the only way we made it safely was that we had strong men to help with the kids.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up. I'm on internet now looking to see if it's safer this year than last year before going down and now thinking the lake is where we are going

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  7. Just went yesterday with my 5 year old and a friend. there are a lot of spots it just sucks you into bushes and trees. we didn't even make it out of pioneer park.

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  8. Thank you all for sharing that it's still bad. I'm going to try to email or call someone cause this is something that a lot of families do every year and it would only take a few strong men a day or two to clear out (I last saw it a month ago and it was a real pain). I would think that's something that could be achieved by a parks and rec department?

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  9. Our family (2 adults, 7yr, 10yr old) did the longer float from Pioneer Park to Tumwater Falls. It was super mellow from the bridge to the large beach at the Pioneer Park. Not much further from that we came across some stronger currents that pushed the kids into some downed trees - causing some stress. There were 2 lg. trees across the river that had to be crawled over - a bit tricky. My kids are interested in only doing the shorter float in P. park again. Other then the handful of stressful moments - It was really fun!!

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  10. Just did this float on Saturday--fun! Pioneer Park section takes about 50 minutes. Entire float all the way to the Falls took 2 hours 20 minutes. It was really peaceful & quiet (not a lot of people) after Pioneer Park section. Second half had some dangerous sections, but not worse than the snags & logjams in Pioneer Park. Stay alert of surroundings & scout out the exit point near the Falls in advance.
    Not recommended for kids under 14. Highly recommended for adventurous adults.

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