Floating the Slocan River

The Slocan River has become a sought after float. Tubes, paddle boards, dinghies and kayaks rush to the pristine river on hot summer days.

Things to consider before you float:
1- Will your floating craft hold up?
If your tube or dinghy has scene better days consider investing in your craft or renting to avoid a piece of plastic on the side of the river.

2- The people you are going with – can they swim? Don’t put yourself in a position where you are the guide and responsible for intoxicated floaters.

3- Leave no trace. Make sure you can carry out anything you bring on the water.

If you are curious about where to rent a craft, if there are guides to hire or where to put in and when to take out give us a call Endless Adventure 250-359-8181

Tubing the Slocan River

Despite its popularity, the Slocan River float is not without it’s dangers. Even at the height of summer the water temperatures are chilly and there are trees down on certain shorelines that can trap a person underwater. So it goes without saying that any form of intoxication is not recommended while doing the float. Save the alcohol and any other substances for after the experience is over. Here are some more safety recommendations for the Slocan River float.

Water Depth & Speed – In the summer there are certain sections of the river that are very shallow. Never dive head first into the water unless you’ve checked the depth first. Also, there are sections of rapids on the float, most notably above the Slocan Park bridge and at the takeout near the Crescent Valley Beach Park. Typically they’re mild in the summertime but check first with locals about water conditions, including height, speed and temperature.

Sweeper Trees – The deadfall on the banks of the river are called “sweeper trees” because they can grab a person and hold them underwater. They can also pop inflatable inner tubes and floatation devices. They must be avoided.
Other Obstacles – There are logs planted in the middle of the river in certain sections for fish habitat. Avoid these and all other debris.

Sun Stroke – Because the river environment is cooler than the rest of the air temperature, you might not be aware of the sun’s full impact until it’s too late. Cover up and wear plenty of sunscreen. Remember, the sun’s rays reflect off the water so you’re exposed from above and below.

Rope Swings – There are rope swings at certain points along the river. These are inherently dangerous and every summer people dislocate their shoulders or hurt themselves in other ways while trying to swing off a tree and into the river.
Intoxication – Unfortunately accidents are commonplace on the Slocan River float and in the majority of cases it’s because the victim is drunk or high. Alcohol, drugs and water do not mix. Save the party for after the float.


Slocan River map

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