Thursday, May 31, 2012

River Tubing down Deschutes River (Tumwater)

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. 


  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

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

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

  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!

    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!