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Madison River Tubing Innertubes, Air & Accessories

Taking a float trip down the Madison River is one of the best things to do during the summer months in Bozeman. There are a variety of ways to enjoy the river and cool off on a hot summer day, the most popular being a tubing trip. Owenhouse Ace carries a large selection of river tubes and other floatation devices during the summer months. We will fill for free, same day, if the tube is purchased with us.

Group of three friends river tubing on the Madison River

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Tubes & Accessories

Two young adults river tubing on the Madison River

  • Innertubes
  • Tube Inflation (air)
  • Coolers
  • Sunblock / protection
  • Hats, sunglasses, apparel, shoes/sandals
  • Backpack, bags, backpack cooler
  • Waterproof case/pouch – phone, wallet, keys, etc.
  • Jackets
  • Water
  • First aid kit




How to Get the Most Out of Madison River Tubing

It is essential to properly prepare for a river float to fully enjoy the experience. Whether you are a first-time visitor that has never touched a river or an experienced adventurer, there are many ways to ensure you get the most out of your trip. When planning a tubing trip, here are some recommendations to keep in mind.

Items To Bring:

  • Sunscreen- Make sure to bring sunscreen on your tubing trip. You will be exposed to the sun for the entire duration of the float.
  • Towel and a dry pair of clothes- On the river, you will inevitably get wet; ensure you have a towel and a spare pair of clothes packed so that you can change after you are done with your float trip.
  • Waterproof bag- Nowadays a waterproof bag is a necessity for a float trip. Ensure your valuables like phones and wallets are stored away, dry, and kept safe.
  • Cooler- No river float is complete without some drinks and snacks to pass the time. We have a variety of coolers that will ensure your food and drinks stay fresh.
  • Garbage bag- We must keep the river clean. Double-check that you have a garbage bag to put any trash in. A good saying to keep in mind is pack it in, pack it out.
  • Drink koozie- Okay, maybe this isn’t a life-saving essential but trust us, it makes a huge difference… you can thank us later.

Clothes To Wear:

  • Swimsuit- Maximize your fun by wearing a swimsuit so you can be prepared to splash, dip, dive, and plunge your way down the river.
  • Shoes with back straps- We recommend bringing a pair of sandals or water shoes that are secured in place with a back strap (no flip-flops) to avoid losing them in the river.
  • Sun shirt- Sunscreen can wash or wear off, so we recommend bringing a sun shirt to protect you from getting burned.
  • Sunglasses- Floating down the river is all about soaking in the sun! While the sun feels great, it can be harsh on the eyes. When you add the powerful reflection from the water into the equation, you want to do whatever you can to protect your eyes. Sunglasses are also crucial in keeping you from squinting in those great pictures!
  • Lifejacket- Tube floats can be enjoyed by the whole family. Make sure that young kids or weak swimmers stay safe with a life jacket or similar flotation device.

Food Ideas:

  • Water- Despite being surrounded by water, it is very easy to become dehydrated on a river float. Pack plenty of water, and alternate drinking your drink of choice with a bottle of water.
  • Beverage of choice- Make the most of your trip and bring along your favorite drink. Stick to cans. DO NOT bring any glass bottles to the river.
  • Sandwiches- Sandwiches make for an easily packed lunch that keeps well in a cooler.
  • Granola bars- These are high-energy snacks that are quick and easy.
  • Fruit- A healthy and low waste snack option.

two adults laughing while river tubing on the Madison River


River Tubing Safety Tips

River tubing is a great experience, but just like other water activities, it is crucial to think about your safety. Here are some safety procedures and tips to keep in mind every time you go on a tubing float trip.


  • Plan where you will launch from, how long you’ll float, and where you’ll take out. Let someone who is not on the trip know this plan so they can check on you, and in the event of an emergency, they can share this information with rescue teams to quickly locate you.
  • Check the weather conditions. Whether you are a tourist on vacation or a local who knows the river like the back of their hand, it is vital to make sure you don’t get trapped in inclement or dangerous weather.
  • Double-check that you have all of your safety equipment packed. Before setting off, ensure that all flotation devices, medications, appropriate gear, and first aid supplies are in working condition and accounted for.


  • Stay with your group. Make sure that you stay together on the river and don’t lose track of members of your group. This is especially important if you plan on bringing young children.
  • Respect wildlife. There is a chance that you will come across any wildlife native to Bozeman, including animals like bears. Be sure to give any wildlife plenty of space and respect.
  • Hydrate. It can be easy to forget to stay hydrated on a river float. When you are out in the sun for an extended period of time, it is essential to make an effort to stay hydrated. This is even more important if members of your group are drinking alcoholic beverages, as they can dehydrate you quicker.


  • Update your emergency contacts and let them know that you are safe.
  • Pack out all of your trash. This keeps the river clean as well as others safe by reducing the chances they cut themselves on any discarded trash.

About Madison River

The Madison River has proven to be a popular recreational spot in Montana. The river is approximately 183 miles long and is a tributary that feeds into the Missouri River. In 1959 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake caused a landslide that blocked the flow of the river. This resulted in the creation of Earthquake Lake and resulted in the formation of many white rapids and falls in the area. The Madison River is a top-rated destination for anglers, especially fly fishing. The river is one of the most productive streams in Montana for brown trout, rainbow trout, and mountain whitefish. Besides fishing, the Madison River offers many other recreational activities like tubing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, and sightseeing. The peak time of year for these activities happens in the summer months. Many river guides, tours, and shuttle services operate from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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