Tubing Down the Chipola River
Nothing beats a lazy day on the river with some friends. Just an hour drive west of Tallahassee on I-10 in Marianna is the Chipola River, a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing, swimming and especially tubing. On a recent Saturday afternoon, a bunch of us rented tubes at Bear Paw Adventures at the head of Spring Creek. Each of us got an inflated tire inner tube and a couple cooler tubes. We packed some sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks.
While on Spring Creek, you’re pretty well shaded from the sun. The creek does run pretty fast and especially so with big cooler rafts pulling you downstream. From time to time, we would all link up into a big raft and float down together. Spring Creek is warm and shallow, the Chipola River is cold and deep. There isn’t much shade while you’re on the Chipola so keep sunscreen handy. Several roap swings can be found hanging from trees along the bank where you can stop and test your swinging abilities.
There’s not much to this story, which is why it makes for the perfect lazy Saturday afternoon. The trip should take you around four hours, just the right amount of time.