AMERICAN RIVER - SACRAMENTO
The American river has a reputation as a party tubing route, so expect to see some folks having a good time and being a little loud. If that bothers you, post up on a beach for a few minutes and let them float by. Problem solved! The route down to Gristmill Park takes 4-5 hours. If you're looking for a shorter float, there are many other options for takeouts not marked on this map. Alcohol is banned on this section of the river on the holiday weekends of Memorial Day , July 4th, and Labor Day. Be on your best behaviour outside these weekends anyways so nobody is tempted to expand the ban!
BUTTE CREEK - CHICO
The Butte Creek route has a lot more rapids than the nearby Sacramento River. Definitely more for the experienced tubing enthusuast and/or strong swimmer. The route from Centerville to the Honey Run covered Bridge takes around 2-3 hours.
KERN RIVER - BAKERSFIELD
This tubing river has quite a few class II rapids on it, so recommended for strong swimmers only and best to wear a life jacket. Be safe and know what you're in for! The float will take about 3 hours and make sure to get there early on weekends as parking is limited at Rancheria..
UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER - TRUCKEE
This route on the Truckee River is much less congested than the more popular float closer to Lake Tahoe. The route from the Regional Park to Glenshire Bridge takes about two hours to tube The river is dam controlled, so the length of the floating season depends a lot on the snowpack from the previous winter. For more information on the river levels, check http://truckeeriver.org/category/flowing/
TRUCKIE River - TAHOE
This route is super popular, as evidenced by the number of floaters and rafters seen on the map. This section of the Truckee is good for about 2-3 hours of tubing.
RUSSIAN RIVER - SANTA ROSA
The Russian River has a very long floatable length, so choose your own adventure between the many drop in points noted here. Access points for tubing all have sandy beaches, and there are more in between for good pit stops. The length from Steelhead to Mom's Beach takes 3-4 hours. Use that as a reference for the other sections and float the day away.
SACRAMENTO RIVER - CHICO
This is a short stretch of river, but the water of the Sacramento is pretty slow moving. This short float will still take about 2 hours to complete to tube down. Popular rest stops are all along this route, including the famed Beer Can Beach. Expect to see the river loaded with Chico State students, especially on Labor Day long weekend and Memorial Day.