Wild River Tube Riding in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Rent from Portneuf Rapids Tube Rental. Group Rates.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Tubing Lava's River

Where can I find your river tube rental in Lava Hot Springs? Our river floating tube rental is located across the street from the big swimming pool on the grass. Can't miss it !!

How much does it cost to rent a river tube? Tubes start at $3 for a single for an hour. See river tubing rates link for the complete listing!

Am I required to wear a life jacket to float the river? We strongly recommend that everyone tubing the river wear a life jacket. We provide them free with your rental. Remember, this is a natural river: Tube at your own risk!

Where do we enter the river to float and where to we exit the river? We have provided an online map that shows the best places to put in and the exit. You can download a PDF of that map as well. There is a tuber's path clearly shown on the map that begins by our tube rental and provides a short cut back to the put-in spots up river. It's about 3 1/2 blocks to walk to the top.

Is the river in Lava Hot Springs heated? Several hot springs drain into the river as it winds through town, but it is still a bit chilly! A float in the river is wonderfully refreshing on a hot day!

What if I keep tubing the river beyond the exit point? The exit point is right before the bridge into town (see map). Beyond the that, the river gets slow and runs through private property with limited pedestrian access to exit the river and get back to town. We ask that you exit at the designated location!

Is there a shuttle service back up river? There is a shuttle that picks up at the exit point. The shuttle charges $2 per person per ride. Keep in mind: the walk back is only 3 1/2 blocks!

How long does it take? You can get 1 to 2 runs in an hour, depending on how fast you are getting back up river.

What is the name of the river in Lava Hot Springs & where does it come from? You'll be tubing on the Portneuf River. It comes through Chesterfield reservoir 24 miles north and also receives water from Topance Creek, Pebble Creek, and Fish Creek.

Does the river at Lava Hot Springs go in a circle? Nature made this river! See below.

What about tubing with children? How old do you have to be to float the river? Floating the river for children is a parental decision. This is not a lazy amusement-park river. There are sections of rapids (depending on where you put in) and plenty of rocks, including abrasive lava rocks.
1) We strongly recommend parents float the river first before allowing their children on the river.
2) We also recommend that younger children ride on the big, multi-person tubes with an adult or older children, as those larger tubes are more stable. The big quads are the most stable.
3) You can also choose the lower put-in spot by the main footbridge (see map) at West Park and float only the calmest section of the river.

Is it safe to tube the river? This is a natural river. Again, (See 2 and 3 above) you're more likely avoid being bucked off into the river if you ride on the larger, multi-person tubes and avoid the wilder sections of the river by choosing the lower put-in points (shown on our Lava float map). The highest put-in point is up above a little waterfall that spills a lot of inexperienced tubers. We ask that you don't go over the falls. They are especially dangerous. See float map for details; download the map and bring it with you.

What should I wear while tubing the river in Lava Hot Springs? We recommend that you wear closed-toe shoes or water shoes—not flip flops (you'll lose them)! Protect your feet. Also, pants, shirt, & life jacket. Remove loose items (like keys) from your pockets.

Do I leave security while renting the tubes?Yes! You leave an I.D. while you're gone. One person can leave an I.D. for the group. 

Where are the public restrooms? Located a block south of the tubing exit, across the bridge into town, in the middle of that first block, set back off the street. Restrooms are marked with a red square on the float map.

Is there a Tubing Season? We're renting tubes from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend. (We close Sundays.)