Tube-a-Thon FAQ

by Kentucky For Kentucky |

Bring A Life Jacket, Y’all!
We were notified by Fish and Wildlife and they have told us that a tube is a vessel and is required to have a personal flotation device on board. If you have a life jacket, please bring it tomorrow. We are doing our best to have as many life jackets on hand as possible for folks to use. We apologize for the short-notice and any inconvenience this new information may cause!

The second annual Kentucky for Kentucky Totally Tubular Tube-a-Thon is on for this Saturday, June 10, at Still Waters Campground. Here’s what you need to know.

Yo, Kentucky! It’s almost time to tube. We’ll see you on the scenic Elkhorn Creek this Saturday, June 10, at Still Waters Campground in Frankfort. Check-in starts at 1 p.m. and we’ll tube until dusk. Participants can check in and join us at any point during the day. We’ll celebrate a day on the water with a live performance by The Swells, who will take the stage at 7 p.m.


Still need to register or want to invite a friend? Go to to sign up. You can also order your own official Tube-a-Thon tube, tee shirt, tank top and a limited-edition event poster from our friends at Cricket Press. The Totally Tubular Tube-a-Thon is brought to you by Kentucky for Kentucky with support from sponsors Quantrell Subaru and Country Boy Brewing.


All participants must register in advance and sign a waiver before participating.

Water-access only tickets can be ordered up until it’s time to tube, but tickets that include a tube and/or tee shirt, tank or poster need to be purchased by midnight Thursday, June 8, in order to ensure availability.


Tickets and tubes will not be mailed. Please bring your ID or your order receipt and we’ll check your name against our list. If you want to bring a printed and signed waiver with you, that will help speed up the registration process. If you ordered a tube, it will be inflated and ready to go at check in, and yours to keep at the end of the day. We will also have air pumps available if you bring your own tube and need to inflate it. Parking will be tight, so please carpool if possible!


Here’s the skinny on everything else you need to know to have a kick-ass time on the creek.


When and where is this thing again?

The second annual Kentucky for Kentucky Totally Tubular Tube-a-Thon is set for this Saturday, June 10, at Still Waters Campground, which is located at 249 Strohmeier Rd. in Frankfort, Kentucky.


Check in starts at 1 p.m. but you can come any time from 1 p.m. to dark. Last tube, the Twilight Tube, will be at 7 p.m. Tubing conditions are looking great and should stay that way through Saturday. Here’s a link from Canoe Kentucky for the latest:


There will be signs for the Tube-a-Thon at the entrance and people there to assist with parking.


Still Waters Campground is located in the middle of a horseshoe bend on the beautiful Elkhorn Creek. It’s an easy five-minute walk from the put-in site to the take-out point and we will also be operating shuttles between both points. You can tube as many times as you like. Put-in and take-out will be clearly marked. Our course is along a gentle two-mile stretch of the creek with no rapids. Kid friendly, but we encourage independent swimmers only on the creek and life jackets for those ages 18 and younger.


Here’s a link for Google maps:


And here’s an actual map (click to download as a PDF):




Can I camp?

You bet! Still Waters is a beautiful campground with plenty of tent sites. Bring any camping gear you’ll need and stay the night. If  you’re planning on camping, please email and let us know how many will be in your crew so we can get a head count. There is a shower and bathrooms at the campground.



When I tried to check out online, I saw a $4 service fee. Is that right?

Not quite. Some people using the online ticketing system may initially see a $4 service charge, but if you continue to check out that charge should change to a 69 cent service fee, which is correct (and appeals to our inner Beavis).



Will there be anything to eat or drink at the event?

Yes! We will have food trucks on-site with food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase from roughly 1 to 9 p.m. We have Maria’s Kitchen, Mad Mike’s, Steel City Pops and Gent’s Original confirmed so far, with more to come. You can also bring your own snacks and drinks.



Can I bring alcoholic beverages?

Kentucky for Kentucky’s Totally Tubular Tube-a-Thon is an inclusive event for everyone, including families, and we encourage safety and good judgment at all times while on the water and in the campground. That said, feel free to bring your own alcoholic beverages to enjoy while in the campground if you’re of legal drinking age. We will not have any alcohol for sale.



I ordered a tube / shirt / print when I registered, when will I get that?

We will have tubes inflated and ready to go at check in, which are then yours to keep. We’ll express mail all Tube-a-Thon tee shirts and tanks (at no additional charge) that are ordered online by midnight Thursday, June 8. Event posters will be shipped separately. Again, the last day to reserve a tube is Thursday, June 8, at midnight. We will not be shipping tubes. They will be available for pick up at the event.



What else should I bring?

Don’t forget to bring your own tube if you chose the water access only option when you registered. Also bring anything else you might need to have an awesome day on the water: sunscreen, shoes or sandals that can get wet, drinking water or other beverages, snacks, cash, dry clothes, chairs, a USCG approved life jacket is required for participants age 18 and younger, sunglasses, hat and towel. We love pets, but please leave dogs at home.


Please pack everything out that you bring in and look out for your fellow Kentuckians. Let’s keep it clean!



What about my car keys and stuff? 

We recommend bringing a dry bag for anything you can’t keep in your car or tent and don’t want to get wet. Parking is located in close proximity to the campground and the take-out point. Shuttles will also be available.



What if the weather doesn’t cooperate?

In the event of unsafe weather, we’ll send an update announcement with information by 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, via email and social media.



Have a question we didn’t answer?

Give Justin a holler at and he’ll be happy to help! Justin loves email.



Can I see some pretty pictures to get me pumped for the Tube-a-Thon?

Why yes, yes you can. See y’all on the water!



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