Biggest day on the river coming Saturday

The biggest day on the Parker Strip calendar is coming this weekend. The 42nd Annual Parker Tube Float will attract thousands of floaters who will run from Buckskin Mountain State Park to La Paz County Park on the Colorado River. The 2019 theme is Float Town, USA.

Changes in recent years have established a new float, and this year’s event will continue to build upon last year’s (watch our video highlights HERE!)

Floaters will park at La Paz County Park (map) and take their inflatables with them on large shuttle buses (expanded capacity since last year). The shuttles will drop them at the launch point at Buckskin, where their inflatables can be inflated (compressors at the ready), and they’ll float downriver three miles back to the County Park.

Parking is $10 (cash only). The entry fee is $20 and gets you a wristband for access to the event. Floaters must be over 12 years old. Groups with boats or personal watercraft may enter too, with a vessel fee of $25 (must be pre-registered). Boats must stay with their group.

The river teems with people every year on Tube Float day, as the event has gotten as big as the summer holiday weekends on the water. The event is a fundraiser for the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. It ends with prizes and music at Pirate’s Den beach.

Chamber Director Mary Hamilton says the event is more involved than ever to run.

“I used to say there were a thousand moving parts,” she told Parker Live. “Now, there are two-thousand!”

She said law enforcement have been extremely helpful, and more agencies than ever will be on the water this year, including San Bernardino, Imperial County, Maricopa County and others.

“Online pre-registration is closed now, but you can register at the Chamber office on California Avenue in Parker until Friday at 5 p.m., and then on-site on Saturday morning,” Mary added. “Also, boats won’t be allowed in the event area of the river unless they’re registered with a float group or they’re an official assist vessel.”

She said that, in addition, Spanky’s RV & Marine and Lenny Graziano have donated 100 lifejackets for floaters who need them. They’ll be handed out until gone at the beach on Saturday morning.

For more information, go HERE.


  1. Chuck Gann

    lots of fun & sunburn! ????????????

  2. Debra Cain MacFarland

    Huge Thank You to Spanky’s for donating life jackets!!!!

  3. Stacey Hopkins Paulsen

    Virginia Webb Tammy Hopkins. Caren Hopkins Weir ??? Ready ??? Hahaha not me!

  4. Michele Blanche Lowinger

    Please be safe, have a blast and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Take you trash and floats with you so Parker can still be PARADISE. Thank you.

  5. Angelica Duran

    Armando Zavala take your cousin and dad!

  6. Todd Burnett

    Craig Baker, do you want to borrow my seadoo so you can help out

  7. Todd Burnett

    Craig Baker, do you want to borrow my seadoo so you can help out

  8. Virginia Webb

    Not us either… 🙁 Would be nice though. Next year. Tammy Hopkins will be better then too! 🙂

  9. Ken MacFarland

    I wonder if the recipients of the donated jackets would turn them in to start a loaner program?

  10. Erica Wiley

    Alisha yay!! & we got a group together ????????

  11. Jer Mel

    How far is this from the Avi

  12. Tahnee Lightfoot-Beaver

    Lori Lightfoot Darn! Going to miss the show from the dock.????

  13. Shantel Feague

    Jer Mel hour and half driving! Plus a couple dams in between…!

  14. Shantel Feague

    I’ll be there! Kyuh!!

  15. Lori Lightfoot

    Craig Baker LOL! it didn’t take long for me to get over that shit show.

  16. Ricki Lynn Miller

    One of these days, Steve Riddle, Vanessa Morris Riddle, and Jay Miller!

  17. Dean Rohan

    Exactly …. Be responsible for your belongings (& trash) The dam is not a filter !!!

  18. Patricia Valenti Sproule

    Do much fun, wish I was there

  19. Joyce Maltby Moore Weatherford

    Jason Weatherford, looks like you’ll be busy. .

  20. Joyce Maltby Moore Weatherford

    Jason Weatherford, looks like you’ll be busy. .

  21. Vicky Califf

    Have lots of fun! Wish I was there…maybe next year!

  22. Ambrose Buford

    ken Macferland seems to be smart and shuld take over this place and run it smothe

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