Tube Rentals

tubing the buffaloTubing the Buffalo River 

New for the 2017 season Gilbert RV Campground will be offering u-haul tube rentals.

Tubing on the crystal clear Buffalo River is the best place to be on those hot summer days. Lay back, relax and drift along and enjoy the wildlife and scenery.  With U-haul Tube Rentals you can take the tubes on any trip that you would like, just  know that you are responsible to take the tubes to the river and bring them back to us once your day is complete. We will provide life jackets and mess litter bags.

Recommended Trips

  • Tyler Bend to Grinders’s Ferry (65 Bridge) 2 mile- 2-3 hours
  • Grinders’s Ferry (65 Bridge) to Gilbert 4 mile 4 hour avg.
  • Tyler Bend to Gilbert 6 miles 6-8 hour average

Times are approximate and due vary depending on water level

Single Tube Rates: $10 per day plus deposit. Your deposit will be returned to you once tubes are returned and undamaged. 

Arkansas Water Way Laws

As you’re planning your float trip on the Buffalo River, please remember the Rules of the River that are intended to keep you safe and the river clean. If you have any questions about these rules just give us a call.  

  •   Glass Containers : The possession or use of glass containers in caves, on trails or waterways or within 100 feet (30.48 meters) of any river or stream in the park is prohibited for public safety, except in designated campgrounds, picnic sites, or in vehicles on designated roads and parking areas.
  •  Mesh Litter Bag : All canoes, kayaks, tubes, rafts and other vessels easily susceptible to swamping, tipping or rolling must have an attached close able mesh litter bag. All trash must be disposed of safely and legally. A mesh litter bag is not required for people traveling without food or beverages. If you rent your vessel from a rental a mess bag will be provided to you. You may also purchase a litter bag from a rental shop for use in your privately owned vessel
  •  Fasten Cooler Lids : If you are transporting food and/or beverages in a vessel on the river, it must be kept in a sealed cooler or container that prevents the contents from spilling into the river.
  •  Use A Floating Holder (Koozie) For Beverages :
    All beverage containers not securely contained in a sealed cooler or mesh litter bag must be held in a floating holder that is designed to prevent it from sinking beneath the surface of the water.
  •  Foam Coolers : The possession of polystyrene coolers (commonly known as Styrofoam) is prohibited while floating or camping along the Buffalo River, except in developed campgrounds, picnic areas, landings, roads and parking lots. This prohibition includes cups, plates, coolers, ice chests, and containers. High-density bait containers, used solely for that purpose, are allowed.
  •  Life Vests PDFs :Every vessel must have a life vest (personal flotation device) for each person on board the vessel. Children under age 13 must wear a securely fastened life vest while on board any vessel. All life vests must be (1) U.S. Coast Guard approved, (2) in safe and serviceable condition, and (3) of proper size for the person wearing it.

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