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Published July 03, 2011, 09:56 PM

High Water Levels Good for Tubing

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Three years in a row of flooding is taking it's toll on the Red River Valley and Otter Tail River. But how is it affecting some people's favorite summer past-time...tubing?

Three years in a row of flooding is taking it's toll on the Red River Valley and Otter Tail River. But how is it affecting some people's favorite summer past-time...tubing?

It's a July Fourth tradition for many, and the busiest time of the year for tube vendors.

Ben Garlie – Owner, Ed’s River Run Tubing: “Very good weather, water is really high, we had a really busy day yesterday and we're hoping to do it for the rest of the weekend.”

All the recent flooding has made the Otter Tail River much higher for this time of the season than in years past.

Ben Garlie – Owner, Ed’s River Run Tubing: “Flooding wise, we've actually benefited from having a lot of high water, hopefully we'll get a lot more time out of the river this year.”

Whether it's a Fourth of July tradition or their first time out there, everyone says the higher river is making for a much more enjoyable experience.

Tom Michon – Tubing with Family: “It's the best water in 10 years as far as going down the river this late in the year, so it's a great time.”

Betty Michon-Clancey – Celebrating 83rd Birthday: “Nice ride because it's a lot of water, no rocks.”

Owners say over the holiday they'll see nearly four thousand tubers float past their shop.

Colder weather in June meant a slow start to the season, but owners are hoping a hot start to July can change that around.

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