TAYLOR COUNTY—It seems as if the sunshine and warmer weather are finally here to stay, and soon, residents will be looking for fun ways to cool off in the summertime heat. One local organization is offering just that.
For numerous years, the Taylor County Adventure Club has been hosting their Lazy River floats down the Tygart, the perfect way for individuals to relax and unwind in the scenic beauty that abounds right here in Grafton.
To help usher in summer fun on the water, the Adventure Club will be kicking off their Lazy River during Memorial Day weekend, and this year, the floats have become even better, as they are being offered free of charge.
“Come float the river for free all summer,” said Taylor County Adventure Club’s Bryan Smith. “With rising costs on nearly everything, we wanted to do something to help our community through this difficult time. We want families to still be able to get out and enjoy themselves.”
And while there is no cost to participate, the Adventure Club shared that donations are greatly appreciated, as they will be used for not only upkeep of tubes, vests and other rentals, but they will also help fund other family-friendly outdoor activities hosted by the organization.
The Lazy River launches will take place Wednesdays through Saturdays beginning at 10:00 a.m. and on Sundays starting at 2:00 p.m. but are subject to cancellation due to weather and water conditions.
Participants are asked to arrive half an hour early to complete paperwork and secure their tubes and life vests.
Lazy River goers will load their tubes at the city park, at the base of the Tygart Dam, and will float down the Tygart River.
“Safety will always come first,” Smith voiced.
He shared that if the club felt the water was traveling too swiftly or if there was a significant threat for thunderstorms, an outing might be stopped, but that the club would reschedule all canceled reservations.
While the Lazy River is meant to be fun and enjoyable for all, there are a few rules that floaters must follow for their own safety, as well as the safety of others around them. All tube riders must wear a life vest along the entire route. If a rider is caught not wearing the vest, an additional charge of $10 per incident will be applied.
In addition, all those wishing to float down the Lazy River are required to sign a waiver.
Organizers would also like to remind participants that safety is the club’s number one priority, and that if individuals fail to comply with safety guidelines, they may be subject to be banned from future use of the Adventure Club rentals.
Reservations for floats can be made by messaging the Adventure Club’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TCAdventureClubWV. There, individuals can also find additional information about float cancellations, as well as upcoming events.
Those wishing to float along the river may also make reservations by calling 304-709-0164 and leaving a message.
“So, what are you waiting for? Come drift down Tygart River with our Lazy River excursions,” voiced Smith. “We always have so much fun on our floats. They’re relaxing and a great way to get outside and explore Taylor County!”