There's nothing lazy about taking some time for you and your friends to have an amazing summer afternoon. All of these beautiful Michigan rivers are absolutely perfect for enjoying nature while swimming with your BFFs. You can bring along a cooler with your favorite refreshments and soak in the warm breeze. 

All of the rental shops recommend reserving your tubes in advance. 

Chippewa River

Price: You can rent a tube for $15 for a 3.5-hour float.

Address: You can put your tube in the water at the Deerfield County Park (2425 W. Remus Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI). 

Why You Need To Go: This river is right in the middle of the state so pretty much anyone can make a day trip here. It's about an hour and a half from Grand Rapids. Get all of your closest friends into a car and you'll be having fun in no time. 


Thornapple River

Price: You can rent a tube for as little as $10. 

Address: The rental shop is located at 805 W. Apple St., Hastings, MI. It's a 45-minute drive from East Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. 

Why You Need To Go: Only a little over half-hour outside of Grand Rapids, this is a popular spot for millennials to spend their sweltering afternoons so you might even see some of your friends there. 


Huron River

Price: Tubes are available to rent for $10/2 hours. 

Address: 1055 Longshore Dr., Ann Arbor, MI

Why You Need To Go: Right in Ann Arbor, there's always a party going on at the river. On the bank opposite the rental shop is a dock that is so crowded during the summer that you might want to get there as soon as the sun gets up. 


Rifle River

Price: Tube rentals are $15 or $26 depending on how long your trip is. They suggest booking as far in advance as possible. 

Address: The rental shop is located at 5755 N. Townline Rd., Sterling, MI. The site says that there are several Townline Roads in the area and to pay attention to the signs that point to the river. 

Why You Need To Go: Float down this river with tubes equipped with cupholders or, if you're a little more thirsty, you can rent a cooler carrier just for your bevvies.

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Big Manistee River

Price: Tubes are available for rent for $15 for a three-hour trip. 

Address: 6052 Riverview Rd., Mesick, MI

Why You Need To Go: This slow-moving river is perfect for a sleepy Sunday afternoon. Let the sun and water wash away your worries. It's a two-hour drive from Grand Rapids and an hour and a half from Traverse City

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Platte River

Price: You can rent tubes for $16 for the whole day or $12 for one hour. 

Address: You can put your tube in the water at the Platte River Picnic Area at M-22 and Lake Michigan Road (5685 Lake Michigan Rd., Honor, MI).

Why You Need To Go: A half-hour from Traverse City, this river is a part of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. You can check out the dunes before you take a snooze in your tube. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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