Recreation Outdoors

Make a Splash at Chippewa Falls’ Annual FATFAR Float

legendary event down the Chippewa River set for June 27

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Michael Lundebrek |

Like the Modest Mouse song says, we’ll all float on alright at the annual FATFAR float – likely the world’s largest one-day tubing event – which is slated for June 27 at noon.

FATFAR – a.k.a. The Frenchtown Annual Tube Float and Regatta – is in its 45th year, drawing hundreds of participants and their floaties, tubes, and other inflatable objects (flamingos, anyone?) down the Chippewa River to Loopy’s Saloon, Grill, and Event Dome on Business Highway 29.

Weirdly enough, no one really organizes FATFAR, and it’s a pretty organic event. Nonetheless, Loopy’s offers tube rentals (with free shuttles included with the rental). Average float times are around 2.5-3 hours, with floating coolers and river-safe beverages available for purchase – but hey!

Law enforcement reminds locals that it’s illegal to drink alcohol on a public boat landing, so wait until you’re out on the water to take a swig. But go easy! Drink responsibly, and be sure to pick up after yourself – and no glass and styrofoam cups. Wear a life jacket – especially if you’re not a strong swimmer and/or plan on drinking, and be sure to go with friends or family. And, make sure you have a safe ride home! Check out more information about FATFAR at