Guadalupe River Rules & Tubing Information

River Rafting and Tubing:

  • River Outfitters are not renting rafting or tubing equipment

  • Resorts and Campgrounds are not renting rafting or tubing equipment

  • Public River Parks, Access, and Exits are closed

  • Contact an outfitter for camping and picnic information 

Illustrated sign bearing the headline KEEP OUR RIVERS CLEAN IN NEW BRAUNFELS, showing which food and beverage containers are allowed while river tubing on the Guadalupe River and Comal River within the city limits of New Braunfels, Texas.The Guadalupe River has headwaters near Kerrville, TX where it eventually flows into Canyon Lake in Comal County. When the Guadalupe River exits the Canyon Lake dam, it creates what most Texans know as the epicenter for summer river tubing and one of the nation’s hot spots for year-round fly fishing! Many Texas Hill Country visitors stay along River Road in New Braunfels and enjoy the Guadalupe River, or "Guad" as the locals call it, from a campsite or cabin rental.

Since the water released from Canyon Lake into the Guadalupe River fluctuates depending on periodic drought conditions, it is best to contact one of our preferred New Braunfels River Outfitters to check river conditions and ensure you have a great time on the water. 

Guadalupe River Rules & Information

GUADALUPE RIVER RULES - INSIDE NEW BRAUNFELS CITY LIMITS

  • No disposable containers
  • No glass
  • No foam containers
  • No littering
  • Lifejackets are recommended for weak swimmers and children under eight on the Guadalupe River. Personal flotation devices will be provided to tubers/citizens free of charge w/ deposit at New Braunfels 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 into the Guadalupe River
  • 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 Guadalupe River 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 Guadalupe River water recreation is raft trips and kayaks

GUADALUPE RIVER RULES - OUTSIDE THE NEW BRAUNFELS CITY LIMITS

  • No glass
  • No foam containers
  • No littering
  • No containers under 5 fluid oz.
  • No jumping from bridges, dams, or trees into the Guadalupe River

GUADALUPE RIVER TUBING 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.

WHAT TO BRING FOR A DAY ON THE GUADALUPE RIVER

  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 Guadalupe 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 and 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. Waterproof Phone Case/Lanyard/Dry Sack - While the Guadalupe River 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.

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