16 Ohio Tubing, Kayaking and Canoeing Spots You Should be Hitting Up This Summer

There is nothing more fulfilling than floating down a river with your best friends and a cooler of beer. The sun shines down on you, and in that moment, you feel free. Here are the best places in Ohio to get out on the river and float in a tube. Some are close to Cleveland, and others, not so much (but don't worry, we break down driving times). Above all, remember that sunscreen and a designate driver will make your trip even more enjoyable. At most spots rental tubes are available, but if you own some, go ahead and cut out the middle man.  

There is nothing more fulfilling than floating down a river with your best friends and a cooler of beer. The sun shines down on you, and in that moment, you feel free. Here are the best places in Ohio to get out on the river and float in a tube. Some are close to Cleveland, and others, not so much (but don't worry, we break down how far of a drive they are). Above all, remember that sunscreen and a designate driver will make your trip even more enjoyable. At most spots rental tubes are available, but if you own some, go ahead and cut out the middle man.

 

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 Whitewater River
10465 Suspension Bridge Rd., Harrison
A tributary of the Great Miami River, floating the Whitewater River is a luxurious time through greenery and blue sky. Going through Green Acres Canoe in Harrison, your trip will come out to about three hours. Enjoy the moment. Or do your own thing at public access spots.
Photo via @khann14/Instagram

Whitewater River

10465 Suspension Bridge Rd., Harrison

A tributary of the Great Miami River, floating the Whitewater River is a luxurious time through greenery and blue sky. Going through Green Acres Canoe in Harrison, your trip will come out to about three hours. Enjoy the moment. Or do your own thing at public access spots.

Photo via @khann14/Instagram
 Whitewater River
10465 Suspension Bridge Rd., Harrison
Distance: About 4 hours from Cleveland. 
Photo via chelseabenner:Instagram
Whitewater River
10465 Suspension Bridge Rd., Harrison
A tributary of the Great Miami River, floating the Whitewater River is a luxurious time through greenery and blue sky. Going through Green Acres Canoe in Harrison, your trip will come out to about three hours. Enjoy the moment. Or do your own thing at public access spots.
Photo via @chelseabenner/Instagram

Whitewater River

10465 Suspension Bridge Rd., Harrison
Distance: About 4 hours from Cleveland.

Photo via chelseabenner:Instagram

Whitewater River

10465 Suspension Bridge Rd., Harrison

A tributary of the Great Miami River, floating the Whitewater River is a luxurious time through greenery and blue sky. Going through Green Acres Canoe in Harrison, your trip will come out to about three hours. Enjoy the moment. Or do your own thing at public access spots.

Photo via @chelseabenner/Instagram
 Tuscarawas River
11358 OH-212, Bolivar
The scenic Tuscarawas River out in Bolivar is not to be missed by those wanting to cool off this summer. Going through NTR Canoe Livery, guests can float for up to six-mile stretches. The company limits the amount of people that can be on the river per day, so you won't ever experience hordes of tubers.
Photo via @sarahmillersandford/Instagram

Tuscarawas River

11358 OH-212, Bolivar

The scenic Tuscarawas River out in Bolivar is not to be missed by those wanting to cool off this summer. Going through NTR Canoe Livery, guests can float for up to six-mile stretches. The company limits the amount of people that can be on the river per day, so you won't ever experience hordes of tubers.

Photo via @sarahmillersandford/Instagram
 Tuscarawas River
11358 OH-212, Bolivar
The scenic Tuscarawas River out in Bolivar is not to be missed by those wanting to cool off this summer. Going through NTR Canoe Livery, guests can float for up to six-mile stretches. The company limits the amount of people that can be on the river per day, so you won't ever experience hordes of tubers.
Photo via @sarahmillersandford/Instagram

Tuscarawas River

11358 OH-212, Bolivar

The scenic Tuscarawas River out in Bolivar is not to be missed by those wanting to cool off this summer. Going through NTR Canoe Livery, guests can float for up to six-mile stretches. The company limits the amount of people that can be on the river per day, so you won't ever experience hordes of tubers.

Photo via @sarahmillersandford/Instagram
 Mohican River
3058 OH-3, Loudonville
For only $15, tubers, friends and family can float through the Mohican River in Loudonville with Mohican Adventures company. Expect the float to last four to five hours, depending on the amount of beers you brought in your cooler.
Photo via @mrs_melley_haught/Instagram

Mohican River

3058 OH-3, Loudonville

For only $15, tubers, friends and family can float through the Mohican River in Loudonville with Mohican Adventures company. Expect the float to last four to five hours, depending on the amount of beers you brought in your cooler.

Photo via @mrs_melley_haught/Instagram
 Mohican River
3058 OH-3, Loudonville, 419-994-2267
Distance: About 1 hour and 90 minutes from Cleveland. 
Photo via gctravels:Instagram
Mohican River
3058 OH-3, Loudonville
For only $15, tubers, friends and family can float through the Mohican River in Loudonville with Mohican Adventures company. Expect the float to last four to five hours, depending on the amount of beers you brought in your cooler.
Photo via @gctravels/Instagram

Mohican River

3058 OH-3, Loudonville, 419-994-2267
Distance: About 1 hour and 90 minutes from Cleveland.

Photo via gctravels:Instagram

Mohican River

3058 OH-3, Loudonville

For only $15, tubers, friends and family can float through the Mohican River in Loudonville with Mohican Adventures company. Expect the float to last four to five hours, depending on the amount of beers you brought in your cooler.

Photo via @gctravels/Instagram
 Kokosing River
25860 Coshocton Ave., Howard
This photo perfectly sums up what it's like to float down a cool river with the sun blasting: amazing.  Tubing down the Kokosing River out of Howard, Ohio, is made even more of a delight with the Kokosing Valley canoe livery's help. Float for two hours, enjoy paradise.  
Photo via @taylorconradd_/Instagram

Kokosing River

25860 Coshocton Ave., Howard

This photo perfectly sums up what it's like to float down a cool river with the sun blasting: amazing. Tubing down the Kokosing River out of Howard, Ohio, is made even more of a delight with the Kokosing Valley canoe livery's help. Float for two hours, enjoy paradise.

Photo via @taylorconradd_/Instagram
 Kokosing River
25860 Coshocton Ave., Howard, 740-599-7056
Photo via drdeangoon:Instagram
Kokosing River
25860 Coshocton Ave., Howard
This photo perfectly sums up what it's like to float down a cool river with the sun blasting: amazing.  Tubing down the Kokosing River out of Howard, Ohio, is made even more of a delight with the Kokosing Valley canoe livery's help. Float for two hours, enjoy paradise.  
Photo via @drdeangoon/Instagram

Kokosing River

25860 Coshocton Ave., Howard, 740-599-7056
Photo via drdeangoon:Instagram

Kokosing River

25860 Coshocton Ave., Howard

This photo perfectly sums up what it's like to float down a cool river with the sun blasting: amazing. Tubing down the Kokosing River out of Howard, Ohio, is made even more of a delight with the Kokosing Valley canoe livery's help. Float for two hours, enjoy paradise.

Photo via @drdeangoon/Instagram
 Paint Creek
14000 US-50, Chillicothe
This Chillicothe tubing spot may be a haul from Cleveland, but just look at those trees. Bask in the solitude of the wilderness and historical sites here, and if you through Paint Creek Rental, the logistics of the trip are all taken care of for you. There's even an option for a full day float trip. 
Photo via @peachyparyn/Instagram

Paint Creek

14000 US-50, Chillicothe

This Chillicothe tubing spot may be a haul from Cleveland, but just look at those trees. Bask in the solitude of the wilderness and historical sites here, and if you through Paint Creek Rental, the logistics of the trip are all taken care of for you. There's even an option for a full day float trip.

Photo via @peachyparyn/Instagram
 Paint Creek
14000 US-50, Chillicothe
This Chillicothe tubing spot may be a haul from Cleveland, but just look at those trees. Bask in the solitude of the wilderness and historical sites here, and if you through Paint Creek Rental, the logistics of the trip are all taken care of for you. There's even an option for a full day float trip. 
Photo via @peachyparyn/Instagram

Paint Creek

14000 US-50, Chillicothe

This Chillicothe tubing spot may be a haul from Cleveland, but just look at those trees. Bask in the solitude of the wilderness and historical sites here, and if you through Paint Creek Rental, the logistics of the trip are all taken care of for you. There's even an option for a full day float trip.

Photo via @peachyparyn/Instagram