Tubing in the Chattahoochee River in the Atlanta area is a fun way to relax on a hot summer day. The 48 mile section of river from below Buford Dam on Lake Lanier to Peachtree Creek in metro Atlanta has been designated as the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area. A number of parks along the river provide places to launch personal canoes, kayaks, and tubes. For those who do not own their equipment, there are a couple of outfitters on the river who rent everything you need and provide shuttle service back to your vehicle.
$10 River Tubing is an outfitter located at 4349 Abbotts Bridge Road in Duluth, Georgia. They are open seven days a week in summer beginning at 10am. Two hour tube rentals are $10. Tubes with a solid bottom are an additional $2. The last launch time is 4:45pm. Patrons are welcome to bring coolers, and tubes can be linked so that groups can stay together. Reservations are not necessary.
A little farther down river in Roswell, Georgia, the Chattahoochee Outfitters (Shoot the Hooch.com) rents tubes, canoes, kayaks, and rafts. Their main rental location is in Azalea Park at 203 Azalea Drive. From Memorial Day through Labor Day they are open seven days a week from 10am-7pm. The last rental is at 6pm. After Labor Day Chattahoochee Outfitters is open as long as weather permits. Reservations are recommended. River trips range from 1.5 to 3 miles, and can begin and end at several points along the river. Patrons may park free at Azalea Park, but those who park at the National Recreational Area parks must pay a $3 daily use fee. Tube rental fees are $25 for a regular tube and $30 for tubes with a bottom. The shuttle ride is included in the price. Canoes and kayaks are rented hourly, and the shuttle bus is extra. Two person canoes rent for $20 per hour from Azalea Park, and three person canoes rent for $30 per hour. Single kayaks rent for $25, and double kayaks are $40 per hour. Large rental rafts are also available.