Camp Overnight on the Dan River in a Floating Tent

You’ve gotta try this – tubing down the Dan River by day, then sleeping in a tent on the water by night! If you’re looking for a new adventure to shake up your camping routine, jump into one of Floatery inflatable platform floating tents and spend the night gently rocking with the river’s current. As day fades into dusk, you’ll be treated to unbeatable views of the Dan River from your cozy floating oasis. The sound of the water gently lapping at the sides of your tent combined with the stars overhead will lull you to sleep. An experience you’ll never forget, floating camping brings peaceful solitude to the next level. Roughing it never felt so plush! Only question is, are you ready to book your floating tent campsite for a night of memories on the Dan River?

Spending the Night on the Water in a Floating Tent

Relaxing and Unwinding

Once you arriver, you can unwind and settle in for the evening. Sit back in the Zero Gravity Chairs on the bank with the firepit going or relax on the tent floor, crack open a drink, and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature surrounding you. As night falls, you may spot wildlife coming down to the river for a late night drink. Watch for otters playing in the moonlight, owls gliding silently by, or even the occasional night heron wading along the shore.

Gazing at the Stars

One of the biggest perks of camping overnight on the water is the opportunity to stargaze until you drift off to sleep. As you lay back in your sleeping bag, you’ll see the whole Milky Way spread out above you during a New Moon, along with more stars than you ever thought possible. Without the usual light pollution, the sky comes alive at night. Shooting stars frequently dart across the inky black sky, so make a wish!

Waking Up on the Water

There’s nothing quite like waking up to a golden sunrise reflecting off the rippling water surrounding your tent. As the first rays of dawn peek over the horizon, slowly unzip your tent flap and breathe in the fresh morning air. A hot cup of coffee or cocoa in hand, you can sit back and enjoy watching nature come alive again with the sunrise. Birds chirp their morning songs, animals emerge from their shelters, and a new day begins. An overnight camping trip on the water is an experience you’ll never forget.


You can see how planning an overnight camping trip on the Dan River in a floating tent offers a unique experience unlike any other. An excursion like this allows you to become one with nature in a way you’ve likely never tried before. As the sun sets and the stars come out, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors. Just be sure to respect the environment and leave it as pristine as you found it. An overnight on the Dan River in Madison NC is sure to provide memories that will last a lifetime. Now it’s up to you to take that next step and book your own floating camping getaway.

Elevate your Camping with Floatery Sky Tents

Riverside Sky Camping along the Dan River in NC, time to elevate your camping  experience
at Floatery

We are a registered Tentsile Campground due to our remote location among many large trees along the banks of the Dan River in Madison, NC.

The Tentsile is a floating “tree tent,” and is the only 3+ person hammock-style shelter on the market that we would use. The shelter has three main tie-outs that meet in the center. The design is centered around a triangle base.  You may be thinking, oh gosh we all are going to sag in the middle, of course not. Tentsile prevents center sag in how they created the intersection of the tie-outs and the triangle base. All three occupants have their own geometric “hammocks” to sleep in.

The main entrance to the shelter is from a triangular hatch at the bottom. On one long edge, there is a zippered door/window sewn into the bug netting that can also be used for access into the shelter.

The Stingray comes with an integrated bug netting and a rain fly, which makes it ideal for Riverside Camping.

Sleeping Capacity

The Stingray is listed as a 3-person shelter with a weight capacity of 880 lbs.  In terms of floor space, you can fit more people inside, so long as you don’t exceed the recommended capacity. People with kiddos, this is a perfect solution for camping out under the stars.  Smaller kids can fit 2-up in one of the three bed chambers, and they would have an absolute blast.

Fun Factor

Speaking about having a blast, this tent has high appeal. It is always the star of the show. With family, it’s a regular tree house, fort, base, or alien spaceship that has sparked all kinds of imaginative play with kiddos.


The Stingray doesn’t sleep like any hammock you may have used, and I’m no fan of hammocks due to the U shape it puts my body in while trying to sleep. The bed chambers are trapezoidal and have a unique lay. Closed-cell foam or inflatable pads are recommended to stay warm beneath you as you are suspended, and the air can get chilly.  Several blankets under you would suffice as well.


The Tentsile shelters can be hung as high as 10/15 ft, we hang ours at about 5/8 ft height.  The rope ladder makes it easy to get in and out of the shelter.

Riverfront Camping in NC

Riverside Primitive Camping

Why Riverside Primitive Camping
is an awesome Dan River Adventure at Floatery


Needs to be safe and comfortable at a minimum. We designed our riverside
camping to be as close to Nature as possible but still near eateries and convenience
stores within walking distance.  All the main
areas and entrances have cameras to ward off anyone not allowed on the property
in the evenings after tubing has ended.  Being
situated along the banks of the Dan River in Madison NC, we pride ourselves in
unique stays and adding items to the campground yearly.  What’s better than a fun day of tubing,
playing in shallow water, cooking out, and then sleeping under the stars?

What to bring

Camping: The right tent for you should take in two main considerations:
sizing and season rating. Sizing is usually based on how many people a tent can
sleep and we charge by the person so you can use as big a tent as you would
like in your spot, and if comfort is the goal, bigger is always better. Season
ratings indicate in what seasons the tent works best, and most are generally
three-season tents, which means you can use them in the spring, summer, and
fall. A four-season tent will cover the winter, with extra weather protection
and heat retention which you would not need given we are only open from May to

A sleeping bag has the same considerations as a tent. Three-season
bags are suitable for hot and cold temperatures and are identifiable by their
temperature rating, which will display a range of 15 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sleeping pads, which are just cushioned pads, can be used in conjunction with a
sleeping bag to provide extra comfort and insulation, but can also be used on
their own as a bed.  Even if its 90
degrees during the day, our Riverside Camping can become chilly, so make sure
to bring an extra blanket if you get cold.

We do allow you to drive
to your camping spot to unload your vehicle. 
Most spots you can park directly at your camp area, however a few you
will need to park in the Camping Parking which is still easy access if needed.

but essential:
 Don’t forget a flashlight or headlight, batteries, a lighter
(for a campfire), a first aid kit, bug repellent, sunscreen, charging for your
phones and extra clothing.

Leave no
trace: We want to leave places better than we found them, so it’s crucial
to avoid littering and place your trash in the bins provided throughout the property.

Restrooms:  We
have event porta johns on site for tubers and campers.

Showers: We
provide, at additional charge, a unit called Geyser for being able to shower at
your campsite.  Be sure to google that device
prior to your stay.

Budget: We keep our
rates reasonable.  We do not wish to “Pack
you in” in the name of profit.  We want
you to escape the world a bit.  Our rates
are $20 per person. 

What to eat

basics: If you’re planning on making food on-site we do provide Blackstone
grills (you must supply the propane tank). 
As for cookware, pots, pans, plates, and utensils are other things that
you might have to bring along depending on what you plan on eating. Bring what
cookware you can from home and purchase recyclable versions of what you can’t.

No fuss
cooking: You don’t have to bring food while camping if you don’t want to,
and can just as easily bring sandwiches from home. Another option is to avoid
grocery shopping altogether and purchase grilling kits that are geared toward
campers from Floatery.

your distance: 
We are a Registered NC Wildlife Preserve with an abundance of
wildlife.  Should you encounter deer or
any other animal, please leave them be.

Watch the flames: Fire hazards abound when it
comes to using open flames in the outdoors.  We provide campfire rings and the first night’s
wood bundle.  Never leave campfires
unattended, always put it out, and make sure it’s completely extinguished
before going to sleep.