Half-Day Float

Family fun

Easy paddling rating

2-2.5 hours duration

A river trip that will leave your kids begging for more! For those with younger children (5 and over), our half-day adventure is just right – not too long, not too short. Let our expert guides enthrall your family with stories of the wild outdoors as we take you down Big Bend for a nature experience like no other.

Trip Details


$79 per person

Note: half-day river trips require a 20% non-refundable deposit with the balance due 5 days prior to the date of the trip.

Children 12 and younger receive a $5/child discount on all river trips.
Discounts are available for parties of 8 or more booking at the same time.


10AM & 1PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

May 1 – September 30 offers only 8AM departures
December 1 – February 28 offers only 1PM departures

Group size

Minimum 4 people

Required minimum age

5 years old

Meeting point


Approximately 4 hours total: 2 – 2.5 hours on the river, 1.5 – 2 hours travel time


Easy; paddling is required on trips traveling by kayaks


  • Transport to the river (15-passenger van)
  • Personal flotation device
  • Safety talk
  • All park use fees
  • Waterproof bags for personal items
  • Snacks* & iced water

*Our snacks typically consist of a sampling of fruit, crackers, cheese, chips, and dips. Iced water will be available throughout the trip with tea and lemonade mixes available during the snack.

Not included

  • Texas sales tax (8.25%)
  • Energy surcharge
  • Tips

About the kayak/raft

Sit on top kayaks or rafts, depending on water levels

We predominantly use single kayaks, but in cases with small kids, we use the few double kayaks we have. Kids must be 18 or older to go by themselves. Minors below 18 have to have a parent or guardian with them.

What to bring

Check out our packing list!

About the guide

Certified in wilderness first aid and CPR, our guides are outdoor enthusiasts with many years’ experience of running rivers. They’ll haul the gear and, with a little encouragement, even provide entertainment. Realizing that personal involvement increases one’s enjoyment of a trip, they will welcome your interest in learning how to row, paddle, or better understand the desert plant and animal life. Our staff will enrich your experience by sharing their knowledge of Big Bend’s extensive natural and human history.


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Fresh coffee & merch

While you’re at the Far Flung Outdoor Center, start your day off right by indulging in a fresh cup of coffee, homemade muffins, bagels, and kolaches at our on-site coffee shop. Once you’re recharged and ready to go, head on over to our retail shop, pick up some merch, and head out into Big Bend wearing your new threads!

Get Out & Explore!