Frequently Asked Questions
Will this be your first time tubing on the Edisto River?
If you have questions, please refer to the FAQs below regarding your tubing trip and what you need to know for your adventure! Come on out! Bring your friends and family for an unforgettable experience.
The weather in the Lowcountry of South Carolina during our season can be rain one minute and sunshine the next. ERA is open 6 days a week rain or shine. If it starts raining during your trip, continue down the river. If it starts thundering or lightening, pull over to the bank and stay in your tube. Generally storms pass through the area quickly. Once the thunder/lightening stops, continue your trip. We have a live weather link on our page. We can offer no assistance once your tube trip begins.
Gates open at 8:30 am. Trips run continuously between 9:15 am and 3:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday. (Reservations are required). Gates Close at 6:30.
Monday-Friday gates open at 10:00 am. Trips run as needed till 2:00 pm. Gates close at 5:00 pm.
Closed on Wednesdays, Opening date is May 1 & we will open Friday, Saturday, Sunday. On May 23 we will then be open daily until the last date in our season will be September 11th
Before and after your trip enjoy all our spacious Outpost has to offer. Beachfront swimming and sunbathing, shaded picnic areas, volleyball and corn hole. Food Trucks every Saturday and Sunday!
- A large commercial tube and the ability to hook together to your friends
- A no-hassle experience where we handle everything
- Secure Parking
- Entrance into the State Park
- A spacious Outpost with volleyball, corn hole and more
- Food trucks on Saturday and Sunday
- Shaded picnic areas
- Shower and changing area
- A great experience
● Please note food trucks are independent of our operation, we do our very best to make sure they are in place on weekends and holidays. We are not responsible if they do not show – please keep an eye on social media for updates on food trucks scheduled on the date of your float trip.
YES! Groups of 20 or more receive a per person discount. Our online ticket system is designed to take care of your large group reservation. Follow the steps, its easy to use. Please instruct YOUR ENTIRE PARTY to complete their waivers before arrival in order to avoid any delays. We really want to reiterate the importance of this – as the shuttles will be leaving on time and everyone has to have completed their waiver before the shuttle leaves. We will not hold the shuttle for any reason, it is imperative to keep these moving on time during our busy tubing season.
For our Military and First Responders we also offer a discount!
No personal tubes are permitted. This way you can enjoy a hassle free day ending at our riverfront Outpost, exclusive to only those floating with us.
It is at the parent or guardians discretion. We do recommend you bring a properly fitted PFD or lifejacket for your child.
Dogs are not allowed (sorry!).
Our Outpost is located at 153 Gator Walk in Ridgeville SC, 29472. We will shuttle you upstream 2 miles to the starting point. You will then take a leisurely, lazy float trip downstream back to our location on the tube of your choice where your car and dry clothes will be waiting.
No. Your vehicle is your locker. We will keep your keys for you in a safe, dry, and secure place so that the river doesn’t eat them (the river loves phones and sunglasses).
You should wear your bathing suit or shorts, basically anything you are comfortable getting wet in. Footwear is optional (closed toe shoes are recommended over flip flops, sandals, old sneakers, etc.) You will be on the water for two or more hours, so we also recommend that you bring sunscreen and something to drink.
At your discretion! We do not supply PFD’s! Please be prepared by bringing your own.
Do not take anything on the river that you do not wish to lose or cannot get wet. If you drop it in the river, it’s most likely gone forever. This includes cell phones, electronics, jewelry, wallets, keys, etc. We are not responsible for any items lost or damaged that you bring on the river. You may lock personal belongings in your car, and we will keep your keys securely for you while you are on the river. Please heed this warning!
Yes. Coolers are welcome. Bring your own cooler (or rent one from us $10 for small and $15 for large) and fill it with beverages, snacks, etc. Cooler tubes are available for additional cost ($10 for smalls up to 36 qt. and $15 for large up to 50 qt.). Adult beverages are allowed but NO DISTILLED SPIRITS. Glass containers are strictly prohibited as well as styrofoam. Littering is illegal. We ask that you please hold on to your empty cans and other trash and return it to the outpost. We have trash cans and recycling containers at our outpost where you may dispose of garbage properly when you return.
The water depth can vary from one spot to the next depending on river levels.
During our season May through September the water temps are very inviting. While the Lowcountry summers are hot and muggy the river is always refreshing and slightly cooler than the beaches.
Yes, you will get wet but not soaked (unless you want to – it feels great on a hot day!)
Yes! The river and surrounding swamps are where they live. Fortunately, they are rarely seen by our guest. Alligators are predacious creatures and prefer to lie and wait for their prey. The ever changing river level and current do not offer an environment conducive to that. Not to mention the crowds of people floating and boating. Alligators are more commonly found tucked away in swamps where they bask in the sun and enjoy peace and quiet. Since our business started in 2016 we have introduced 10’s of thousands of guest to this beautiful river with no gator encounters to date. Snakes and alligators will try to get away from you rather than attack you!
Adults and kids (no minimum age ) $26 (tax included)
Cooler Carrier (smalls hold your cooler up to 36 qt) $10 (tax included) (large holds your cooler up to 50qt) $15 (tax included)
$26 plus tax for a traditional tube with hole
$27 for a solid bottom tube with headrest and cupholder
- Gates close at 5:30 pm on weekends
- Closed Wednesdays
- Opening Day Season 2022 is May 1 – Last Day of the 2022 Season is September 11
The process is so easy – just purchase your tickets online and drive to our Outpost located at 153 Gator Walk, Ridgeville SC, 29472. Upon arriving on Gator Walk you will be met by our staff who will assist you in parking. Using your car as your locker leave all accessories in your car. We will be happy to keep your keys in our key locker. An ERA staff member will direct you to check in.
You will then board one of our shuttles and we’ll take you upstream to the starting point where you’ll receive your tube, get some brief instructions and begin your lazy river float. You will be floating downstream back to our Outpost where the after float activities await. Our property is situated one of the Edisto’s largest sandbars. Here you can enjoy an array of beach games including volleyball, corn hole, jenga and also food trucks. Your car will be waiting for you at the end of your trip.
Trip times vary based on water level and weather conditions. You can view river levels and weather conditions in real time by clicking on river/weather conditions on our website and on our social media pages. Our river levels are affected by rain and are not tidal. Levels above 6’ result in a slightly faster float and levels below 3’ are generally slower. You will start your float upriver and float with the current back to our Outpost. Our float times average 2-3 hours.
Please note food trucks are independent of our operation, we do our very best to make sure they are in place on weekends and holidays. We are not responsible if they do not show – please keep an eye on social media for updates on food trucks scheduled on the date of your float trip.
Military discount is available. Discounts cannot be combined