With temperatures continuing to rise here in northern Minnesota, there are many fun ways to stay cool in the hot summer sun. There is boating, water skiing, and swimming. Yet one thing that is unique to the Staples area is river tubing.
Located about 12 miles northeast of Staples, is a small village, with nothing more than a cozy bar and grill called Wahoo Valley. Although the town is small, hundreds of Minnesotans flock to this off-the-beaten-path bar to enjoy a day on the water. The staff at Wahoo will bring you up river, and even supply tubes if you need them. Your river journey begins about 4 miles upriver from the restaurant itself, and from there, all you have to do is sit back, relax, enjoy the water, a cold beverage, and the next few hours of floating down the beautiful Crow Wing River, with a group of family or friends. The river only reaches about 5 to 6 feet at its deepest, and offers the opportunity to park on a sand bar and swim for a while, enjoy a few snacks, or just float along and relax. At the end of the trip, you and your river floating crew, return to the shores of the Wahoo Valley Bar and Grill, where you can stop in for great appetizers and burgers. The experience you will have while maneuvering down the river is one you and your friends will never forget.
So the next time you are in Stern Rubber’s back yard, check out the beautiful Crow Wing River and enjoy all that the Wahoo Valley has to offer.