New Braunfels River Recreation Update

As we approach tubing season in New Braunfels, check back here for updates.

River Rafting and Tubing:

  • Public River Parks, Access, and Exits are open.
  • Contact an outfitter for tubing, parking availability, camping and picnic information.

Additional Available Water Recreation

Planning for your visit:


Choose Your Adventure Below

  • Comal River

    Spring-Fed & Fun Filled    More ›

  • Guadalupe River

    Crisp Flows & Rugged Thrills Await    More ›

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Alcohol Banned?  

    No, All we require is that you are of legal drinking age, that you drink alcohol responsibly, and that you drink all beverages from a NON-DISPOSABLE container if you’re INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS. There are tons of options for non-disposable containers. The same requirement applies to the food you bring on the river inside the City Limits. We encourage all visitors to act responsibly and help keep our rivers clean and safe!

  • Is there a person I can talk to about this?  

    Sure! Contact any of our preferred River Outfitters on the Comal or Guadalupe River. They’ll have up-to-the-minute information about river flows, rules, parking, and more.

  • Can I jump off area bridges, trees, or other natural or manmade things into the river or onto the ground?  

    No. It’s against the law and you will be cited. Law Enforcement personnel patrol the rivers and nearby parks/structures. Keep it cool, stay in your tube and enjoy the float. 

  • I’m not so sure I’m gonna be able to do this…  

    Please consider any age or physical limitations you or others in your party may have before entering our rivers. Safety on any Texas waterway is your own personal responsibility. Swim at your own risk.

  • I want to bring my kids. What about that?  

    Kids are welcome. They should know how to swim and be over the age of 3 to float the Comal or over the age of 6 to float the Guadalupe. We recommend Sundays and/or weekdays as KID FRIENDLY DAYS! Outfitters have life jackets available for all ages, just ask. 

  • Are pets allowed on the rivers in New Braunfels?  

    There are no local ordinances prohibiting pets on the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers in New Braunfels. However, independent river outfitters may have their own rules regarding animals on their property, equipment, or shuttles. Please check with your outfitter before bringing your pet along! Remember that hot vehicles can become deadly for animals, so you can’t leave yours waiting while you float.

  • Rules - Outside City Limits  

    • No glass
    • No foam containers
    • No littering
    • No containers under 5 fluid oz.
    • No jumping from bridges, dams, or trees
  • Rules - Inside City Limits  

    • No disposable containers
    • No glass
    • No foam containers
    • No littering
    • Lifejackets are recommended for weak swimmers and children under eight, PFD’s will be provided to tubers/citizens free of charge w/ deposit at river outfitters
    • No volume drinking devices
    • No containers under 5 fluid oz.
    • Noise devices may not be audible beyond 50 feet
    • No jumping from bridges, dams, or trees
    • Coolers must have a locking mechanism on the lid (zipper, Velcro, latch, cord) with a maximum size of 30 quarts and 1 cooler per person
    • Inflatable devices cannot exceed five feet in length or width
    • Vessels on the rivers may not be over 18 feet in length
    • When the river flow is above 500cfs, it is mandatory for all children under eight years of age to wear a lifejacket
    • When the river flow is above 750cfs, it is mandatory for all individuals to wear a lifejacket
    • When the river flow is above 1000cfs, tubing is not allowed. The only allowed recreation is raft trips & kayaks
  • Costs & Fees  

    Expect to spend $15-22 per person, including shuttle, tube rental, and fees. Most outfitters require a drivers license or credit card to hold as a rental deposit.

  • Parking  

    We recommend using one of our preferred River Outfitters which typically have on-site or no charge parking with shuttle services. 

    Prefer to do it on your own? No problem, visitors are welcome to park at Prince Solms Park for $20, Hinman Island for $30 and Elizabeth Ave for $10. To save time, download the ParkMobile app before arriving. (Parking fees only apply between May 1st and Labor Day, 8AM-7PM.)

  • What To Bring  

    1. A Good Attitude - We get it, being in the hot sun with a crowd can cause some rudimentary behaviors to arise. Be smart, keep cool, and remember we are all here to have a good time. 

    2. Proper Footwear - the river is a naturally flowing body of water. As such you can expect to encounter rocks, silt, floating vegetation, muddy embankments, and other natural elements. 

    3. Sunscreen & Shade - Apply before you depart and while on the water. A hat helps keep you cool and out of the sun. 

    4. Hydration - Responsibly enjoying a cold friendly beverage is a great way to enjoy our waterways, just be sure to follow it up with adequate H20 and electrolytes.

    5. Water Proof Phone Case/Lanyard/Dry Sack - While the rivers are a great place to reconnect with nature, we know most everyone chooses to bring their valuables and electronics with them on the water. Please, please, take only what you will need for your river adventure. Leave the jewelry, extra keys, and wallets at home. Anything you do bring should be protected from the elements.