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A lazy river is a water ride found in many amusement parks or water parks. They are also found at some resorts and recreation centers such as the Hilton Orlando hotel and resort. It usually consists of a shallow (2½ ft. to 3½ ft.) pool that flows similarly to a river. There is generally a slow current, usually just enough to allow guests to gently ride along lying on rafts. There may also be scenic elements added, such as small waterfalls on the edge of the river. Some lead into wave pools, while some just go around in circles.
A torrent river, or wave river, is a related concept. Torrent rivers feature wave machines similar to those that are in wave pools; the waves then push riders (who are on rafts, as they are in a regular lazy river) around the river faster than they would be traveling in a regular lazy river. Torrent rivers appear at all of the Schlitterbahn water parks. Most have a policy of no swimming-everybody must ride in a tube.
A current channel is another water feature found in aquatic facilities that uses moving water for enjoyment. A current channel usually consists of water of 3–5 feet deep and the width of the channel no greater that 10 feet. Water flows similarly to a lazy river but because of the depth can be used for aquatic therapy and swimming or walking against the current.
- Never Ending River at Splash Planet in Hastings, New Zealand
- Ushi-Gushi River Creek at Sandcastle Water Park (Blackpool) in Lancashire, England
- Crocodile Run at Kings Island (1989-), Mason, Ohio
- Build-A-Raft at Legoland Florida, Winter Haven, Florida
- Lazy River at Wild Wolf Lodge, Scotrun, PA
- Kickback Creek at Thunder Falls Family Water Park, Mackinaw City, MI
- Lazy River at Wet'n'Wild in North Shields, England
- Lazy River and Fantasy Surf at Fantasy World Resort in Kissimmee, Florida
- White Water Rapids at Schlitterbahn
- Castaway Creek at White Water Bay in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Adventure River at Water Country in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Lazy River at Reunion Resort in Reunion, Florida
- Lazy River at Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach, Florida
- Castaway creek at Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida
- Cross Country Creek at Disney's Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida
- Lazy River at Splish Splash in Riverhead, New York
- Lazy River at Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center in Boston, Massachusetts
- Bahari River at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana
- Congo River at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana
- Floatation Station at Splashtown at Darien Lake in Darien Center, NY
- Lazy River at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario
- Safari River at Wild Rivers in Irvine, California
- River Ride at Calypso Bay and Coconut Cove in Wellington, Florida and Boca Raton, Florida
- Unknown at Mindy O Waterpark at Clarion, Kissimmee, Florida
- Lazy River at Regal Palms Resort in Davenport, Florida
- Rambling Bayou at Adventure Island in Tampa, Florida
- Lazy River at Runaway Rapids Waterpark in Keansburg, New Jersey
- Lazy River at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, Texas.
- Lazy River at Waterland WaterPark in Thessaloniki, Greece.
- Lazy River at Aqua Park Macedonia in Probištip
- Sunset River at Knott's Soak City in San Diego, California
- Lazy River at The Island Waterpark in Fresno, California
- Lazy River at Wild Water's Adventure Park in Clovis, California
- Warrior River at Splash Adventure in Bessemer, Alabama
- El Rio Loco at The Wave in Vista, California
- Blue Nile Adventure River at Camelback Mountain Resort [Tannersville PA]
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