Minnesota might be known as the land of 10,000 lakes, but we also have some great rivers perfect for tubing, canoeing, or kayaking. USA Today just released a list of the best tubing rivers in the country, and the third-best one is right here in Minnesota.

Our top-ranked river offers incredible views, USA Today calls the float "a wealth of scenery with oak and hickory tree-topped bluffs gradually giving way to rolling pastures." Check out the info below including everything you need for a perfect day on the water.

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There aren't many things that are more fun than tubing down a river on a hot summer day. Before heading out, you'll want to make sure you have everything you need for a great trip.

Start with the essentials: a sturdy, properly inflated tube, and a life jacket for safety. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Water shoes or sandals are important for protecting your feet, and a waterproof bag will keep your belongings dry.

Bring along some water bottles (or a cooler of your favorite drinks) to stay hydrated, and pack some light snacks. A small floating cooler is great for keeping drinks and snacks chilled.

For extra fun, consider a waterproof speaker for music and a waterproof camera to capture memories.

Then after the trip, you’ll want a towel and dry clothes. It’s also wise to have a basic first aid kit, and a phone in a waterproof case for emergencies.

Minnesota River Ranked Third Best in the U.S. for Tubing

Klara Kulikova, Unsplash
Klara Kulikova, Unsplash

USA Today has released its summer list of the top ten tubing spots across the country.  Ranked third on this list is the Root River in Lanesboro.

The article highlights the beautiful scenery along the Root River, including tree-topped bluffs, that tubers can enjoy during their float.

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