People wait all year long for the weather to warm up enough to be able to float down the river. The Warm Slough is one of the best places to do that, as the water isn’t freezing, and it’s a slow gentle ride without any rapids. If you want, you can park a car at each end of the river (the other end is about a mile down the road from the first inlet, and you’ll know when you’ve arrived, as it loops around), but it’s close enough that you can float down, and then make the 10-minute walk back to the start. The float can take anywhere from forty-five minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the current.
The river floats in a generally straight direction with a few turns, except for the end of the float, which almost makes a “U”. You’ll see a sandy area that you can get out and walk back to the cars.
At times, the water gets shallow enough that you might have to stand up and walk a bit. By mid-summer, the water level is high enough that you shouldn’t have to. When we went, the water was nice and clear. We went to Walmart and bought $3 floaties, and they worked fine. If you’re a little bit higher-class than us, you can spend more, although it’s not necessary.
This area isn’t super developed, but there are a few campsites with bathrooms and fire pits if you want to spend the day there. There’s no fee, as far as I’m aware.
- Head West on Main Street, as if you’re driving to “R” Mountain.
- From the last stoplight on Main Street, your first turn is 1.1 miles away. Turn right onto 3000 West.
- Follow this road straight for 5.1 miles. You’ll pass through three stop signs, and “Hibbard School” on your left side.
- Turn left onto 4000 North. There’s a sign that says, “Warm Slough — 2.0 Miles.”
- 1.2 miles down the road, you’ll turn left onto a gravel road. There’s another sign that says, “Warm Slough — 1.5 miles.”
- No more than 2/10ths of a mile, on the left, you’ll see a turn in. Park and start your float here.