River Tubing

River Tubing Rentals

Tube Rentals Available Every Saturday and Sunday Through Labor Day! (if you would like a weekday rental, call 301-725-1313 at least 24 hours in advance)

Cool off in nature this summer with our River Tube Rentals! The great outdoors doesn’t always mean you have to work up a sweat! Sit back, relax, and let the water take you on an easy adventure!

Rental Cost: $25/tube
Security Deposit: $35/tube

  • You’ll rent and pick up your tubes from us at our office in Savage Mill, and then can take your tubes wherever you want! Pick-Up is between 9:30 – 10:00 AM. (We cannot accommodate any pick-ups later than 10:30 AM)
  • Our office requires credit card information to save for your deposit — we will collect this when you arrive for Pick-Up. If you return a tube after the Drop-Off Time (5:30 PM Eastern), you will be charged $35/tube. (Please call the office at 301-725-1313 if you will be late)
  • Terrapin Adventures will provide Personal Floatation Devices for all guests, PFD’s are required at Patapsco Valley State Park

Please deflate the tubes before your trip back to our office! This will make transporting the tubes much easier! (Be sure to hang on to the Boston valves!)

The closest tubing site we recommend is the at Patapsco Valley State Park. Prepare for a $3/fee per car to enter the park.

PLEASE NOTE: Patapsco Valley Park may turn you away once the park fills up, so pick up your tubes early.  You will not be offered a refund because you were not able to get into Patapsco Valley State Park.

Alternative Tubing Sites — another popular location is in Monkton.

Time: 1.5 – 4 Hours | Depends on the flow of the river. We do not control the weather!

Number of Participants: Up to 10 Tube Rentals per day

Minimum Age Required: 8 years old and must be able to swim!
**Minors (those under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by one adult on the trip.**

Terrapin Adventures Provides:

  • Tube (don’t forget to keep an eye on the valve)
  • Life Vest — must be worn throughout your entire time on the water
  • One cargo strap per tube rental

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Before Your Tour

Key Information

Reserve Your Spot: We highly recommend booking online as we can’t guarantee walk-ins.

Tubing Rental Pick-Up: Pick-Up is between 9:30 – 10:00 AM. (We cannot accommodate any pickups later than 10:30 AM.)

Tubing Rental Drop-Off: You must drop off all the equipment (including the tubes) back to Terrapin Adventures by 5:00 PM Eastern or you’ll be charged the $35 deposit, per tube. (Please call the office at 301-725-1313 if you will be late, but you may still be charged the deposit)

Transportation & Park Fees: We recommend that you park in the Avalon Area and then walk 1.8 miles to the put-in area at or above the Swinging Bridge, in the Orange Grove Section of the park. If you want a longer trip, you can continue walking for another half-a-mile (~2.3 miles in total).

The park often closes the River Road, which runs parallel to the river, to car traffic for safety. Patapsco Valley State Park will also charge you a nominal entrance fee per person (approximately $3).

Waivers: Everyone must complete a Standard Waiver 


What to Wear/Bring

For the Water:

  • Sunblock, a hat, sunglasses, and a bottle of water
  • Shoes/Sandals that can get wet to protect your feet.
  • Secure and dry storage for your valuables (like car keys).

For Your Trip Home (kept in your car):

  • Beach/Bath Towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Dry shoes (socks optional)


Inclement Weather Policy

We will do not recommend tubing if there is a high chance of thunderstorms where you are planning river tubing. Unsure? Give us a call at 301-725-1313!

Cancellation Policy

More than 2 days before your event = no cost

2 days or less from your event = we will provide a Rain Check — good for 6 months from the originally scheduled date.


We recommend that you type “Terrapin Adventures” into Waze or Google Maps, to get to the correct parking lot.

Our numerical address takes you to the other side of the Savage Mill.

River tubing is one of Terrapin Adventure’s more popular off-site adventure events! Tubing is a fun, cool, and wet event you can do with your family and friends during the summer months. As you enjoy the water, you can also enjoy the sights and sounds of the wildlife and scenery surrounding you.

Tubing Advantages

While tubing, our professional guides will guide you to the right paths for the potential to see a variety of animals in their natural environment, such as frogs, turtles and fish. Being in nature can give you and your group a greater appreciation for nature and its wildlife.

So, get ready to relax and float down the Patapsco River for 1.5 to 4 hours all depending on the flow speed of the river.


When you choose to take advantage of river tubing tours, you and your group will be supplied with the tubes and life vests. You’ll also get a map that shows you how to get to a particular destination on your self-guided tour. It’s important to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, as the shoes will protect you from river objects, such as rocks. You’ll also need a safe place to store your keys during the trip. Once you finish your trip, you can simply deflate your tube and load it in your vehicle for your return trip to the company’s base camp.

Safety First

Our tour guides will always put you and your group’s needs and safety first. Our tour guides require that all our tubing guests wear a life jacket and that all children be accompanied by an adult.

You can rest assure that you will enjoy a safe and personally fulfilling river tour that will create memories for years to come.

Terrapin Adventures provides popular river tubing tours. To find out more, visit http://www.terrapinadventures.com/tours-trips/river-tubing/.