Tubing down the Saco River
If you’re looking to try something new this summer, we recommend tubing down the Saco River in Conway, New Hampshire. With crystal clear water and an average depth of 3 ft., the Saco is a safe and enjoyable way to spend a summer afternoon with friends.
How does it work?
Your river adventure couldn’t be easier when you team up with the Saco Canoe Rental Company. They have several trips available from a 1.5 mile float up to a 5 mile float. Simply show up, pack your supplies into their waiting shuttles and be dropped off at the start of your journey. You’ll float anywhere from 2 – 6 hours depending on your drop-off point and stops along the way. The river is dotted with sandy beaches and rope swings for fun in the water so don’t be surprised if your trip extends an hour or two beyond your expectations.
What is the best way to enjoy the river?
Be prepared. Wether its snacks for the kids or extra ice for the cooler, plan ahead before you start your journey, no one likes to show up for a fun day on the water and realize they forgot sunscreen or a dry bag. A simple checklist before your journey will save you headaches later on.
Be safe. Yes, you can rent cooler tubes and you wouldn’t be the first traveler to include only liquid refreshments and forget lunch. Drinking alcohol in the sun can be dangerous and floating down the river may mask how intoxicated you are. Even though the water is typically shallow, you don’t need much to drown. Think before you drink and be courteous of others on the water – this includes littering.
What is tubing down the Saco like?
Tubing down the Saco is a lot like attending a state fair. You’ll often meet an eclectic band of vacationers from city folk who’ve never heard of tubing or the intrepid local whose making his 137th trip and knows all the “wicked good swimming holes”. One thing is for certain, you’ll rarely have an unmemorable Saco trip, the people are just too interesting.
Where should I stay?
If you are “from away”, consider staying at the Stonehurst Manor in North Conway, NH. The Manor is just miles from the tube rental locations and often has great deals on dining and lodging.