Frequently asked Questions
Please remember that the Saco River is a natural river, it is not an amusement ride.
Q: What are the age limits and restrictions?
A: Three years old is the absolute minimum age to participate. All persons ages 12 and under must wear a life jacket to participate. We recommend everyone to wear a life jacket especially if they can not not swim. Furthermore, minors (those under 18) must have a responsible and legal adult guardian accompanying them. On certain days when the water levels are higher than normal, we may change the age and experience requirements until water levels resume to their normal levels. Novice swimmers and inexperienced swimmers MUST wear a life jacket to participate.
1.5-Mile Float: Ages 3 and up.
3-Mile (Redstone Rapids): Ages 8 and up. All individuals should be good swimmers. This section of river has 4 sets of small rapids. River exit can be more difficult especially for non swimmers and seniors.
3-Mile (Covered Bridge): Ages 5 and up.
5-Mile Full-Day Float: Ages 5 and up. Not recommended for seniors.
Q: How Cold is the Saco River
A: May water temperature ranges from 50 to 55 degrees
June water temperature ranges from 55 to 65 degrees
July & August water temperatures ranges from 63 to 70 degrees
Q: What’s the average depth of the river?
A: The river averages at 2-4 feet deep for most of the trip. However, some spots can exceed 6 feet deep. On average water level days, you can literally walk most of the trip in waist deep waters.
A: All kids tubes have a solid bottom and tether.
A: We only recommend the 1.5 mile float for individuals who are in the first trimester.
A: Only tether maximum of 2 tubes together. If more tubes are tethered together you could get stuck on any debris in river. It also slows your trip down.
Q: Coolers Allowed
A: Coolers are allowed on the river but NO GLASS BOTTLES!
Q: Do I have to wear shoes?
A: Yes, shoes are mandatory. Shoes that are most acceptable are any water shoe with a heel strap, Croc-style shoes or old sneakers. If you don’t have proper water shoes, we sell proper river footwear at on on-site River Store. The river bed is sandy rocky bottom that can be sharp or jagged. Water shoes will save your feet and make your trip more enjoyable
We have water shoes for sale for $10
Q: Can I bring my own equipment and just use your shuttle bus service?
A: Sorry, due to our change in insurance policies, customers may no longer bring their own equipment and use our shuttle services. Furthermore, we do not offer parking for private recreationalists. You must rent equipment from Saco River Tubing Center to use any of our services and property. Thank you for understanding
Q: Can we rent tubes and take them with us?
Yes you can or you can purchase them from our retail store.
Q: Do you have lifeguards?
A: No, this is an unguided river trip and you are choosing to participate at your own risk. Natural obstacles exist including rocks and fallen trees.
A: There are no bathrooms along the river. Bathrooms are located at office.
Please keep all trash with you at all times. Dumpsters located at all take outs.
Q: How do I know where to get out?
A: The driver will show and/or explain the take-out to you on the way to the put-in. If you have any questions at all about where you are getting out, be sure to ask your driver. It is your responsibility to understand where you are getting out.
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy for all trips. If canceled within 48 hours we will hold your deposit for a future visit. Group who do not cancel tubes prior to arrival will lose deposit on individuals who do not show.
Advance Reservations Needed
We highly recommend advance reservations. Saturdays in July and August typically sell out 4 to 6 weeks in advance. We sell out everyday the sun is out in July and August. 11am – 1pm are most popular start times.
The River Report is updated daily on our website for current conditions.
We reserve the right to cancel any trips due to high water or unsafe weather. We will attempt to contact guest prior to arrival but this is not always possible. If we cancel your reservation it is for Safety Reasons.