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river tubing with cape fear river adventures in lillington, NC

Lazy River Tubing

Lazy River Tubing

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Lazy River Tubing Adventure

Our river tubing excursion sets off from our river shack in Lillington and offers 2 extremely lazy miles of unspoiled rolling forests and wildlife. Our Cape Fear River exudes a cool, Southern charm that will have you whistlin’ Dixie by the time you arrive at your trip’s end. Enjoy one Class I rapid, a rock garden and a very unique, wild habitat. Our shuttle will then whisk you back to where you started in Lillington. Trip duration depends heavily on river flow. A summer low river will make your trip last around 5 hours. Please contact us for questions about current river conditions for this trip.

Things to know before you go!

The Cape Fear River is a very slow moving river, especially in summer time, and can be very rocky and shallow in places! It can take up to 5 hours to cover 2 river miles. At times you might need to swim, walk or paddle to keep yourself moving. You will float through a very shallow rock garden where you are likely have to get out of tubes to maneuver around rocks.
  • River is not a water park!

    River is an uncontrolled wilderness environment with unpredictable outcome! You are exposed to all nature's elements (sun, rain, wind, thunderstorms, etc). There are rocks that can scratch you, mud that can get you dirty, deep spots where you are not able to stand, thunderstorms that might form over you, wildlife and other unpredictable factors that can harm you! There is no way to abandon the trip early!

  • Slow and Low!

    Typical water levels are low creating a very slow current! Normal tubing trip will last around 5 hours in the summer time. You move a half mile an hour and some areas might be stagnant. The river bottom is very rocky, water shoes are strongly recommended! After heavier rains the river level might come up creating stronger and faster current; at higher levels the trip can be as short as 1.5 hours (not typical for summer time).

  • You will have to walk, swim, or paddle!

    We ask you to be ready to walk, swim, or paddle with your hands along the way. There is a very good chance you will have to get out of the tube at some point of the trip. You go through a rock garden at the end of the trip where you have a lot of rocks to maneuver around or walk around!

  • No glass containers!

    Due to constant violations, we are forced to check coolers to ensure no glass containers are being brought on the river. You will not be able to get on the river with any glass containers.

  • There is a cut off time!

    Sat - Sun last tube goes out at 12:30pm!
    Mon - Fri last tube goes out at 11am!
    Cut off time is subject to change without notice. Reservations are strongly recommended. We are not able to set you up for tubing if you arrive after the cut off time, we will recommend paddling trips instead.

Trip Cost Prices are per person and include life jackets, tube and return shuttle

Online Reservations

We are closed during winter months. We will open in March 2020! See you soon!

Trip Preparation

What to wear

Since tubing is a mostly summer months activity when the weather and water are warm, you can plan on wearing a swimming suit, shorts or something you can plan on getting wet. Wearing closed-toe shoes is strongly suggested, no flip-flops. Water shoes, sandals, or sneakers you don't mind getting wet all work great.

What to bring

  • Plenty of water! Plan on taking one 12 oz bottle of water per person per river hour. Absolutely no glass containers! Nalgene bottles or regular plastic bottled water is your best option.
  • Sunscreen is a must, even on cooler days!! Alternatively, you can wear long sleeve clothing.
  • Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended! There is a great change of you having to walk on rocky riverbed at some point or another.
  • Lunch and snacks. Bring along your cooler, mid to larger sized coolers fit very nicely in our cooler carrier tubes.
    Please note: our cooler carrier is just a carrier and doesn't include a cooler.
  • Phone(s). We will ask you to bring at least one phone per group. We have dry pouches, dry boxes, and dry bags for sale in our shop, if needed.
  • If you’d like to bring a change of dry clothes to leave in your car, please do. We have changing rooms you can use at the end of your trip.
  • Cameras, water toys, speakers, etc.

The Trip Day

Where to go

Arrive at our main office located at:

100 South Main St.
Lillington, NC 27546

If using GPS:
- Include South in the street name
- Make sure you are being directed to Lillington, not Buies Creek!

We are located next door to Mermaid Point, right by the river

When to arrive

Please arrive at the time you scheduled your trip. For example, if you schedule your trip at 10am, that's the time you need to arrive at our office. You can expect to be on the water within 30 minutes or less after we do all the necessary steps prior to your outing (see below).

Liability forms

Every participant must fill out a liability waiver form prior to their trip. Participants 18 years and older have to fill out an individual form , while minors (17 and under) must be included on parent or guardian form in the designated section. You will need your Booking ID before you can complete this form.


If you are making your reservation online, then you will prepay online and there is nothing else to do upon arrival in that regard. If you haven't made a reservation online (that we strongly suggest) then we will collect a payment upon arrival to our office either via credit or debit card or cash.

Trip Outfitting

Use this time to get your necessary items you are bringing along on the trip, including putting on sunscreen, getting your water and snacks, locking up cars, etc. Our office sells bottled water, sunscreen and other items for your convenience! During that time we will get your boats, paddles, life jackets and any other supplies ready for your trip.

Trip Briefing

Every person has to be briefed about their trip. We'll talk to you about general river rules, safety, and about your particular trip to ensure you know what to expect while on the river.

Out to the water

At this point you will walk down to the water which is about 150 yards away from our office. Typically, we will have boats ready for you by the water. We will help you load any of your accessories and help you launch. From here you are on your own to enjoy beautiful scenery, and have an amazing time!

Trip F.A.Q.

Very likely! Due to the very slow river current we ask you to be prepared to swim, walk, paddle with your hands or use other means to keep yourself moving.
3 years old.
There is no weight limit for tubes, however a heavier person on a tube will sit lower in the water having to get up more often in shallow spots. Folks 275lb+ may have a harder time during the float. Also, keep in mind that it can be challenging to get back on a tube, especially in deeper spots.
Yes, BUT… Responsible, moderate consumption is strongly enforced. All North Carolina and Waterways laws apply and are closely monitored by local and Wildlife Law Enforcement.
It is a rectangular tube with solid bottom that holds your stuff! You can put anything you want in it: cooler, backpack or any other personal belongings. You attach it to your tube with a cord that we provide and it floats next to you through out the trip.
It is 1.5ft x 2.5ft of actual usable space.
It can present some challenge to get on a tube, especially in deeper water. It will take some upper body strength to pull yourself up.
If you would like to receive a group rate please contact us for details. The entire group would have to be on the same reservation and you will have to pay for it all at once. If you need to pay separately, then please make as make separate reservations as you need to, but there will be no discount offered. In either case, be sure to complete waiver forms online, it will greatly speed up your check-in process!
Yes you can. Although it helps us a LOT to have your reservation in beforehand so we can prepare all the needed equipment. You also risk that we'll be sold out! When booking for the same day make sure you change to today's date, the reservation system defaults to tomorrow's date.
Dogs are not allowed on tubes.
No. We tried them some time ago and decided to stick to single tubes only. We provide complimentary cord that you can use to attach as many tubes together as you'd like to.
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