Price Info

Call/Text 413.282.7678 (PORT) for on-demand pick-up from wherever you exit the river back to our headquarters.

Full Service River Tubing

 $50 per person

($45 per person for groups of 10 or more)
$40 for youth (age 7-17)
Ages 6 and under are free


What is Full Service River Tubing?
Full service river tubing is our most commonly selected service. It includes parking, transportation to and from the river, and all of the equipment required for an amazing float!!! 

 What do I need to bring with me?

sunscreen, footwear that can get wet (water shoes or tevas are best, old sneakers will do. You have to be able to get safely to and from the river, and sometimes depending on water levels, there may be 3 or 4 spots where some walking is required on the river. You'll want footwear!), a hard plastic cooler with snacks & drinks (fabric coolers do not hold up well in the river!!! Please remember that float times can be from 2-6 hours, you'll at least want water with you.), t-shirt(s) in a ziplock in your cooler (if you tend to get chilly easily, you'll want something dry to put on.), and finally, a cellphone in 3-4 ziplocks in your cooler (you need a phone to call for pick-up at the end of your float).

Upriver Equipment Transportation

(bring your own equipment, we drive you)
$30 per person

What is Upriver Equipment Transportation?

Do you have your own tube? Or a kayak or canoe? Do you just need a ride to the top and a safe place to park your car? We're the solution! While we don't recommend floating down the river on vinyl tubes or air mattresses--this river is rocky and eats those little inflatable life rafts for breakfast!--we do provide transportation services to those wishing to test their ride's mettle against this 3.4 mile stretch of river.


Equipment Rental Only
(you rent our equipment, you drive yourself)

$20 per tube with a $20 deposit
($20 deposit for cooler tubes and life jackets, deposit refundable upon the return of our equipment)

What is Equipment Rental Only?

Sometimes you just need a tube, or three, or seven. When life catches you short a floatation device, we're here for you! You do need to bring your own rope and two plus vehicles in order to make this option happen. Call us for a reservation time, we'll have the equipment ready for you when you arrive. We'll help you load up your tube transport vehicle with your rented equipment, lend you a life jacket and tube for your cooler to float in should you require these items, find you a safe parking spot for your secondary vehicle, and tell you everything you need to know in order to do the float on your own!


Down river parking lot full?
Park with us and we'll
pick you up at the end of your float!

$20 recommended donation

to our favorite Animal Rescue

How does our parking work?

Free parking is available for all of our guests and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the river. If you can't find parking by the river, call us! We'll see what we can do to help you out. We'll pay it forward by picking you up at the end of your float. We ask that you pay it forward by making a small, voluntary donation to Friends of Megan Animal Rescue based in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Portage Services for Personal Watercraft

Portage service for those with their own water craft (kayaks or canoes) needing portages for non-standard locations please contact us for a quote.

*Please note that our free-shuttle pick-up service is limited to our standard, downriver route(s). For non-standard locations, please contact us 24-hours in advance to see if we can accommodate your particular needs. Free-shuttle service is limited to availability for any particular day. Please contact us for more information about our donation-based parking and free-shuttle service.

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We accept MC Visa AMEX and cash (preferred)

Make your reservation now (call/text 413-282-7678)
​with your name, phone number, group size, and date.
Reservations are free to make and are usually available same day!


Trip Info

Packing list: hard plastic medium sized (bigger is ok too!) cooler w/snacks & drinks, sunscreen, t-shirts (in ziplocks or a dry bag), river shoes, cellphone in a waterproof case or 3-4 ziplocks!

Float from Bardwell's Ferry
(apx. 3.4 miles with 4 mild rapids)

Here's how it works -

You make a reservation.
On the day of your reservation, please show up 10-20 minutes early (30 minutes early for large groups) so we can check you in.*
You pack your picnic.
We transport you up to the put-in point.
We provide inner tubes and life jackets.
You get on the river.
When you are done floating, call our on-demand free-shuttle service.
The free-shuttle service picks you up and returns you to your car.

*If you will be more than 15 minutes late for your reservation time, please contact us, we will try to fit you in.  You may have to wait for other groups with reservations to go first.

Please read so that you understand what working with us is all about. 

The attractions and speed of the river change depending on weather and seasonal factors.  

All times are approximate.

Other Information - we provide this to help you make your tubing decision. 

Typically, TransCanada releases have minimal affect on the water level from Bardwell's Ferry.  
You can check Waterline or call 1-800-452-1737 and enter 255126 to find out how the water is flowing on any given day in the Charlemont area. Water flow levels listed can be used as a time guide for your float. 
700 CFS = 2 - 3.5 hours
350 CFS = 3.5 - 5 hours
300 CFS = 3.5 - 6 hours

If the river is running 320 CFS or lower, some walking may be required through the shallow points.
Subject to change: There are many places to picnic and swim. During the early part of the season there are typically several waterfalls along the way.  
There are 4 class 1 rapids (light chop) and areas of slower moving water. When the river is running at 320 CFS or less, there is a 100 foot long shallow stretch between the 2nd and 3rd rapids. Some people can make it through on a tube, others choose to walk. River shoes or sturdy footwear are suggested.

We strongly encourage you and your friends to be safe on the river, including knowing how to swim, the use of personal flotation devices by children and weak swimmers, sunscreen, picnics, drinking water, river shoes or sturdy sandals, dry bags/double Ziplocks, and sensible decision making. 

The Deerfield River is a pristine and precious local treasure and is support to myriad species including eagles, pileated woodpeckers, bears, moose, frogs, fish and others. Please help us keep the ecosystem in balance. Tread lightly, leave only footprints, take only memories. There is no development along this part of the river and mother nature has its way. Debris can float down stream, trees can fall in, coolers can tip over and cans, plastic, and bottles can get caught up in the river. Please pack-out what you packed-in.

In an effort to keep the river nice for all users, we will take all trash and recyclables that you bring to us. 

For inquiries, Contact Us 
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