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Delaware River Tubing

WE WILL OPEN OFFICIALLY FOR THE SEASON JULY 3. RESERVATIONS OPEN NOW.

PRE-SEASON BOOKINGS AVAILABLE NOW FOR TUBES AND KAYAKS

June 19, 12:00 PM, 1:00PM
June 20, 11:30AM, 12:30PM 
June 26, 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 12:00PM
June 27, 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 12:00PM
July 1, 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 1:00PM
July 2, 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 1:00PM
July 3 and beyond: All day

PLEASE RESERVE ONLY FOR THESE DATES AND TIMES. YOU MAY ALSO RESERVE FOR ALL DATES AND TIMES JULY 3 AND BEYOND.

RESERVE YOUR RIVER TUBE

Delaware River Tubing In Kingwood, NJ, Near Lambertville, NJ, Frenchtown, NJ and New Hope, PA

Big Bear Gear is now operating Delaware River tubing rentals with river access in Kingwood, NJ. This is convenient to all of New Jersey as well as Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Enjoy a cool, relaxing and adventure-filled day floating down the beautiful Delaware River. We are the EXCLUSIVE Delaware River tubing operator on this portion of the river licensed by the state of New Jersey.

Your Big Bear Gear Delaware River tube rental includes a river tube and personal flotation device (PFD). Enjoy a 5 mile float down the Delaware River. For river tubing in New Jersey or river tubing near Philadelphia and Pennsylvania visit Big Bear Gear River Tubing.

Parking is limited. Please carpool with friends and family.

Big Bear Gear Delaware River Tubing Location and Route

Our Delaware River tubing operation is located at the Cooley Tract of the D&R Canal State Park on Route 29. This is approximately 0.9 miles south of the Kingwood boat launch. You can search for the Big Bear Gear Tubing Center. You can also use 2876 River Drive, Kingwood, NJ as the address for GPS then look for our signs. Please note, the Big Bear Gear Tubing Center is not located at our store, which is located in Lambertville, about 15 miles south.

 

 

After checking-in at the Big Bear Gear River Tube Center, you will board our shuttle and be taken to the drop-off point, approximately 0.5 miles down the road. There you will be greeted by a member of our waterfront team and given your river tube and a fitted personal flotation device. You will easily be able to enter the Delaware River at the newly built path and stairs.

Delaware River Tubing RouteYour float route will be approximately 5 miles, starting on the New Jersey side of Marshall Island and Treasure Island. Once past Treasure Island, you will see the Devil's Tea Table cliffs on the New Jersey side, and the river will open up. Your float will continue on the New Jersey side of Wall's Island and Prahl's Island. This stretch of river, to the left of Wall's Island, has some Class I rapids...so enjoy the ride! After these islands, the river opens up again. You will float a little under a mile further and then see our exit point on your left on the New Jersey side just before the old bridge piers in the Delaware River across from Point Pleasant, PA. Be sure to exit on the New Jersey side (to your left). Here you will be assisted by our waterfront team to exit the river. Our shuttle will then return you to our river tubing center, where you can use our cabanas to change into dry clothing. Your river float can take 3 to 4 hours, depending on river conditions. You can take as long as you like, take a rest, stop and swim, and enjoy the river. Just be back before closing.

What To Bring On Your River Tubing Trip

An enjoyable day on the river starts with some advanced planning.

  • Bring sunscreen. Reapply frequently.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Apply insect repellent.
  • Bring a whistle to signal if you need assistance.
  • Bring a dry bag (that can be fully immersed in water) to carry anything with you that can't get wet. Leave anything essential at home or lock it in your car. If taking valuables on the river, make sure they are in a dry bag and securely clipped to your PFD.
  • Bring water, beverages and snacks. Lots of water!
  • You must wear closed-toed water shoes or sandals. Flip-flops and bare feet are not acceptable.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Bring a waterproof camera (unless your cellphone or camera is an a waterproof case and secured to you).
  • Bring a change of clothing and towels.

Delaware River Tubing Dates and Hours of Operation

We expect to open with limited capacity on Memorial Day and to be at full capacity by July 4, when we will operate 7 days a week from 9AM to 7PM (must be off the water by 6PM). We will operate until approximately the end of September, weather permitting. 

  • Last trip must leave by 3PM and return by 6PM.

Our Rental Tubes and Accessories

We have commercial quality river tubes from TubePro, the leader in commercial river tubes. 

TP44 River Tube

 Single Tube - Standard (open-bottom, backrest)

  • 44 " (110 cm) inflated outer diameter
  • 48 " (120 cm) deflated outer diameter
  • 16 " (40 cm) inner diameter with open hole
  • 30 gauge BLUE PVC vinyl
  • 2 air chambers; Safety chamber and main chamber with Boston valve
  • 1 back rest with separate air chamber to adjust firmness
  • 1 beverage cup holder
  • 2 large support handles
  • 275 lbs capacity
TP44 Redback Tube Single Tube - Standard (closed bottom, backrest)
  • 44 " (110 cm) inflated outer diameter
  • 48 " (120 cm) deflated outer diameter
  • 16 " (40 cm) inner diameter with center PVC floor
  • 30 gauge RED PVC vinyl
  • 2 air chambers; Safety chamber and main chamber with Boston valve
  • 1 back rest with separate air chamber to adjust firmness
  • 2 large support handles
  • 275 lbs capacity
Double tube Double Tube
  • 72" x 44" (182 cm x 111 cm) inflated outer dimensions
  • 76" x 48" (193 cm x 122 cm) deflated outer dimensions
  • 16" (40 cm) inner diameter open holes
  • Two back rest support with separate air chamber
  • 2 beverage cup holders
  • ROYAL BLUE 30 gauge PVC vinyl
  • 2 air chambers – Safety chamber and main chamber with Boston valve
  • 4 large support handles
  • 400 lbs capacity
Purple back tube

Single Tube - Premium (closed bottom, backrest, 48" diameter)

  • 48" (120 cm) inflated outer diameter
  • 52" (130 cm) deflated outer diameter
  • 16" (40 cm) inner diameter hole with center PVC floor
  • Back rest support with separate air chamber
  • 1 beverage cup holder
  • PURPLE 30 gauge PVC vinyl
  • 2 air chambers – Safety chamber and main chamber with Boston valve
  • 350 lbs capacity
    Teal Back Premium Tube Single Tube - Premium (mesh bottom, backrest)
    • 44 " (110 cm) inflated outer diameter
    • 48 " (120 cm) deflated outer diameter
    • 18 " (45 cm) inner diameter with drop mesh floor
    • 30 gauge TEAL PVC vinyl
    • 2 air chambers; Safety chamber and main chamber with Boston valve
    • 1 back rest with separate air chamber to adjust firmness
    • 1 beverage cup holder
    • 2 large support handles
    • 275 lbs capacity
    Cooler Tube Bring your cooler along!
    • 38" x 30" x 8.5" (97 cm x 76 cm x 22 cm) inflated outer dimensions
    • 21.5" x 13" x 6.5" (55 cm x 33 cm x 17 cm) inflated interior dimensions
    • Fits a 12 to 36 quart cooler size
    • Can float up to 150 lbs
    • ROYAL BLUE 30 gauge PVC vinyl
    • 2 air chambers – Full inflated floor air chamber with small push-in valve and main chamber with Boston valve
    • 4 large support handles
    Paddle

    Paddle

    Single blade river tube paddle measures 37” (92.5 cm) in length, complete with the black plastic shaft and single 11” (27.5 cm) red plastic blade

    Linking ropes

    Tube Link Ropes

    Tube link ropes are perfect for connecting to tubes, cooler carriers and canoes. Our black webbing strap 60” (152 cm) sewn with quick release buckles to quickly link/unlink tubes through tube handles.No more knotted ropes!

     

    RESERVE YOUR RIVER TUBE

    Kayak and Canoe Rentals On The Delaware River

    Big Bear Gear offers kayak and canoe rentals from the Kingwoood Big Bear Gear River Tubing Center. In addition to boat rental, we will provide shuttle transportation service. We will drop you off at the launch site and pick you up 5 miles down river.

     
    Ocean Kayak Malibu, 9.5', Sit On Top Kayak
    Ocean Kayak Mailbu Tandem Sit On Top Kayak
    Old Town Canoe 158

    Rental Prices

    Peak Weekend Peak Weekday Off-Peak Weekend Off-Peak Weekday
    Tubes (4 hour rental)
    Single Tube - Standard $45.00 $36.00 $36.00 $27.00
    Single Tube - Premium $50.00 $40.00 $40.00 $30.00
    Double Tube $80.00 $64.00 $64.00 $48.00
    Cooler Carrier $20.00 $16.00 $16.00 $12.00
    Paddle $5.00 $4.00 $4.00 $3.00
    Link Rope $5.00 $4.00 $4.00 $3.00
    Kayak & Canoe w/ Shuttle Service on River (4 hour rental)
    Single Kayak (4 hrs) $60.00 $48.00 $48.00 $36.00
    Double Kayak (4 hrs) $105.00 $84.00 $84.00 $63.00
    Canoe (4 hrs) $110.00 $88.00 $88.00 $66.00
    Parking (per car) $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
    Locker Rental w/Lock $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00

    .*Off-Peak is Memorial Day Weekend through the Thursday before July 4th Weekend, and the day after Labor Day until season closing

    **Weekday discounts excludes holidays (July 4 and Labor Day)

    ***All rentals include Personal Flotation Device

    ****Tube, kayak and canoe rentals with shuttle on the river are for up to 4 hours. Reservations longer than 4 hours will incur the full day charge of 1.5X the half day charge. 

    Delaware River Tube Rental Reservations

    RESERVE YOUR RIVER TUBE

    Download a waiver form and sign it in advance to save time at registration. Be sure to review our Policies.

    Delaware River Kayak and Canoe Rental Reservations

    RESERVE YOUR KAYAK OR CANOE 

    Download a waiver form and sign it in advance to save time at registration.

    Delaware River Tube Rentals - Group Sales

    For Group Sales, please contact us at tubing@bigbeargearnj.com. Groups of 10 or more apply additional 10% discount.

    Delaware River Conditions

    Directions to Big Bear Gear River Tubing Center

    Please note that our river tubing is NOT at the Big Bear Gear store. It is 15.7 miles up-river in Kingwood, between Stockton and Frenchtown. From the Big Bear Gear store, just follow Route 29 north. The Big Bear Gear tubing Center is located at the Cooley Tract of the D&R Canal State Park. Big Bear Gear River Tubing is convenient to all of New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York.

     

    Delaware River Tubing Photos

    Delaware River Tubing Photos

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