Below we have compiled a list of "Frequently Asked Questions" that we have heard often over the years. But if you happen to forget the answers by the time you get here, feel free to ask away.
What is tubing?
Tubing is sitting in the center of an inner tube and lazily floating your way down the Little Southwest River, which flows into the famous Miramichi River. It is a great way to beat the heat of summer and enjoy nature from a beautifully unique perspective.
It is a perfect activity for many and here are some examples of true instances: Family Reunions, Church Group Outings, Birthday Parties, Staff Parties, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Couples Anniversaries, Newlyweds/Honeymooners, Graduation Celebrations, or simply 'just because'!
We've seen tubers from all over the globe as well!
Norway, England, South Africa, America, Ireland, China, India, just to name a few, and from every single Province and Territory in Canada!
Is there an age minimum or maximum for tubing?
Yes, there is a age limit for small children. We do not permit children under the age of 4 to go tubing. But, we have seen people well into their 80's enjoy a river run, just as much, if not more than their younger counterparts!
Should I go barefoot?
You can, but it is not recommended. The river and its shores are not sandy and is mostly all rock bottom, which can be rough on the feet. Secure footwear, not flip-flops, are recommended.
What is the duration of a tube run?
It varies between 2-3 hours. It is not a tidal river and the depth and speed of the water is reflected by how much rainfall we have had in the area. The equation is simple: the more rainfall, the faster the run and the least rainfall, the slower the run.
How deep is the water?
It is mainly shallow waters, being knee to chest deep, with a three small areas that are over your head.
What is a "Cooler Tube"?
A cooler tube is just a normal tube that we manipulate to fit your cooler, being sure it is a secure, snug fit. It is then tied to your personal tube and it just floats along with you. We can fit any practical cooler, hard or soft, with a tube.
What basics do I need to go tubing?
We recommend wearing clothing that you do not mind getting wet (most people wear swimsuits), secure footwear, drinking water and sunscreen. Anything aside from that is at your own discretion. Keep in mind though that the items you decide to bring on the river will potentially get wet.
Can I bring my dog?
You sure can! Lots of people bring along their canine companions to accompany them on the river. If you would like to bring a canine companion, please call ahead and let us know so that we can accommodate you. Dog tubes can be rented for $10.00.
My friend is expecting a baby, can she still go tubing?
It is a very common occurrence for expectant mothers to go tubing, if she is comfortable in doing so, it is a great way to beat the heat. We see it all the time and most importantly, their smiles when they get off the river.
(As with anything involving pregnancy, it is best to consult your physician beforehand to be sure it is safe for Mom and baby.)
Are you closed when it rains?
No, we do not close when it rains. You may use your own judgement in this regard. We do not however allow people to go out on the river during severe electrical storms and when the water level is too high to be safe (which occurs after heavy rainfall, as it is not a tidal river). Always give us a call before traveling a long distance to find out our status. We are mostly open during the summer months, but there are extenuating circumstances that occasionally cause a closure.
Why am I not allowed to take glass bottles?
The reasoning is simple behind this rule: glass breaks. It is unsafe for you and other tubers who want to enjoy the river without injury.
Can persons with disabilities go tubing?
Of course they can and they will almost certainly enjoy it! We will do everything within our power to accommodate persons with disabilities to make it an utmost comfortable experience for them.
I am a person of very tall/short stature. Is there a tube for me?
You bet! We have dozens of various sized tubes to accommodate many shapes and sizes.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash, but we do have an ATM on the premises.
May we tie our tubes together?
You may, but it is recommend for children and non-swimmers only to be tethered to a capable swimmer. We strongly suggest that large groups of people do not attach tubes, due to various safety concerns. Also, we have outfitted the tubes with permanent straps that snap together, so traveling in pairs is ultra easy.
Are we all alone on the river?
Not entirely, but there are no lifeguards on duty. We do however have staff out in a boat to check in on you and to make sure everything is 'smooth sailing ahead'!
I can't swim. Can I go tubing?
This is an instance of personal preference. Many non-swimmers go tubing and thoroughly enjoy it. Non-swimmers are required to wear a lifejacket and to be tethered to a swimmer.
Is there restrooms along the river?
No, there is not. But there are facilities available before you begin the tube run and at the end.
Where do I get changed? I do not want to travel in my swimming attire.
We have changing rooms available for your convenience.
Am I going to get wet?
The answer is "Yes!" Tubing is a water activity and your bottom is sitting directly in water. We highly recommend you bring a towel and a change of clothing with you.