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    Skunk river float trips

    We are floating from story city to ames on sunday and i need to buy a tube. Any ideas on what kind i should buy or where i should look? I dont want mine to pop halfway down the river lol



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Tube from tractor tire.




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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    I always used this brand called "river rat." pretty cheap, used to be able to get them at walmart, and they have ropes lining them if you want to tie up together or to a cooler tube.



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    and don't be a *****, go over the dam.



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Sweet idea. I've never known why more people don't do this. They've done a really nice job of setting up City Park in the "The City" to accommodate kayaks, canoes and tubers. Skip the Apple River I say.

    FYI, it's Scandinavian Days this weekend in "The City." Load up on Kumla and Ham and float back home.



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    I always used this brand called "river rat." pretty cheap, used to be able to get them at walmart, and they have ropes lining them if you want to tie up together or to a cooler tube.
    thanks, i will look around for that brand



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    and don't be a *****, go over the dam.
    ...and watch out for fake dead people along the river!



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    I've tubed from close to Ada Hayden down to the spillway in Ames and it can be very low.



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Take the drive up to Webster City and float the Boone River. Much better there.

    Just canoed the Boone and Des Moines rivers this last weekend. Waterlevels were perfect for paddling.



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Quote Originally Posted by ajk4st8 View Post
    Take the drive up to Webster City and float the Boone River. Much better there.

    Just canoed the Boone and Des Moines rivers this last weekend. Waterlevels were perfect for paddling.
    Might not be a bad idea, so many options though haha



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    and don't be a *****, go over the dam.
    Or just be sure your making a wise decision, the dam your referring to has killed 2 people.


    I can also attest to the Boone being lovely right now. Did Briggs Woods to Tunnel Mill canoeing last Wednesday and Tunnel to Boone Forks on Memorial Day.



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Bought one a few years ago, I think at Menards, yellow and blue and it had a head rest. The head rest is nice because with a tire tube your neck gets sore, also had one or two beverage holders.



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Quote Originally Posted by clonefreek View Post
    thanks, i will look around for that brand
    Intex River Rat Tube - Dick's Sporting Goods

    Google search shows you can get them about anywhere for $10. They don't look that quality, but I know at least 5 people that have used them and only recall one person ever having one pop, and that was after multiple trips down the skunk.



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    I would go to Trickles Automotive on Lincoln Way and buy a tube, they are about $15 and you won't pop them. I've seen multiple River Rats pop going down the skunk. Also it will take you forever from story city to ames. A little north of peterson pits to ames usually takes about 5-6 hours with some stops on the sand bars for beverages



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    Re: Skunk river float trips

    Quote Originally Posted by gharris View Post
    I would go to Trickles Automotive on Lincoln Way and buy a tube, they are about $15 and you won't pop them. I've seen multiple River Rats pop going down the skunk. Also it will take you forever from story city to ames. A little north of peterson pits to ames usually takes about 5-6 hours with some stops on the sand bars for beverages
    Good suggestion, tubing is significantly slower than canoeing so you'll want trim that trip down since by water Story to Ames is 17 miles.



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