River Tubing Rental: Activity Level: Easy
Nothing could be finer than to float down the river on a summer day. It is fun and relaxing, but you will get wet! You rent the tubes and go wherever you want. The closest place we recommend is the Patapsco River in the Elkridge (Orange Grove to Avalon) section of Patapsco Valley State Park.
We provide the tube, a life vest and a map on how to get there (12 miles north from our base camp at Savage Mill). The 1.8 miles on the river can take between 1.5 – 4 hours depending on river flow. Make sure you have a way to safely store or hold your keys during your float trip. You should also wear shoes that can get wet to protect your feet from any objects in the river. At the take out, just deflate the tubes and load them in your car for the return back to our base camp in Savage. There is a security deposit of $35 per tube required. Must be at least 8 years old and all participants must be able to swim and must wear the life jacket we provide at all times. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost is $20 for rental up to 8 hours. Tubes must be Rented in advance by 9:30 am and returned by 5pm. You must be able to transport the fully inflated tubes (we can provide a few tie down straps) and we strongly recommend that you have two cars, one for the put in and one for the take out area or you can walk the 1.8 miles back to your car. Patapsco Valley State Park will also charge you a nominal (approximately $3) entrance fee per person.
Patapsco Valley Park May Turn You away if you arrive late 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.
Some alternative tubing locations you can go are listed on the link below.