Guadalupe River New Braunfels – Rules & Tubing Information

Guadalupe River Rules: Help keep our rivers clean in New Braunfels.

New Braunfels is home to not just one, but two beautiful rivers – the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers. Texas is known for its water recreation, but nothing beats the heat like a float trip!

The Guadalupe River has headwaters near Kerrville, Texas, and flows all the way to the San Antonio Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. The lower Guadalupe begins at the Canyon Lake dam and winds through the Texas Hill Country to New Braunfels.

The Guadalupe River is 230 miles long, but the miles weaving through New Braunfels are the epicenter for summer river tubing in Texas! While the Comal River is known for its shorter float time and the famous tube chute, a float down the Guadalupe River offers scenic nature views and plenty of time to soak it all in. 

Tubing is the most popular activity on "The Guad", but many adventure seekers also enjoy rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. After a long day of exploring Landa Park, two-stepping at the oldest dance hall in Texas, and shopping, nothing is better than tubing down the river to cool down and end your afternoon in New Braunfels.

The fun doesn't stop when the hot Texas summers are over – The Guadalupe River is also one of the nation’s hot spots for year-round fly fishing. Every winter, thousands of rainbow trout are released in locations across Texas, including right here in New Braunfels!

Many Texas Hill Country visitors stay at campsites or cabin rentals along River Road in New Braunfels. The scenic stretch of road runs alongside the water, with several river crossings between New Braunfels and Canyon Lake. This stretch is known as the Hill Country Coast and features wonderful attractions and lodging options!

Our rivers are open for floating 7 days a week, dependent on good tubing conditions. The water released from Canyon Lake into the Guadalupe River fluctuates depending on periodic drought conditions. River conditions, river flow, and water levels often vary. To ensure you have a great time on the water, contact one of our preferred New Braunfels River Outfitters for current river conditions and float times. Outfitters make it easy to float the river by providing tubes, shuttle rides to and from your vehicle, and everything else you need for the perfect day on the water.

Guadalupe River Rules & Information


  • No disposable containers
  • No glass
  • No foam containers
  • No littering
  • Life jackets 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 life jacket
  • When the river flow is above 750cfs, it is mandatory for all individuals to wear a life jacket
  • When the river flow is above 1000cfs, tubing is not allowed. The only allowed Guadalupe River water recreation is raft trips and kayaks


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


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.


  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.

Guadalupe River Outfitters


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