Enjoy Floating or “Tubing” The Rivers of Texas

Listed below are the Best Texas Rivers for tubing, rafting, kayaking, or canoeing in Texas. It’s important to check for current River Rules, Laws, Regulations, Restrictions, Ordinances & Bans for each area.

Tubing Regulations and “Rules For All Rivers”

These rules are statewide. Please … always obey the rules of our Texas Waterways.

  • No Glass
  • No Styrofoam
  • No Littering

Alcohol Rules

Alcohol is allowed on all the rivers of Texas. However, there are a few new rules that may effect bring alcohol.

Comal Specific Rules

  • Inflatables must be less than 5 feet in width at the narrowest point.
  • Limit of two tubes per person.
  • Canoes and kayaks may not use the Last Tubers Exit on weekends and holidays.
  • No open alcoholic containers allowed in River Acres Park, Last Tubers Exit, Cypress Bend Park, Hinman Island Park, and Prince Solms Park. Look for signs.

Guadalupe Specific Rules – Only within the New Braunfels city limits

  • When river flow is above 500cfs, children under 8 must wear a life jacket
  • When the flow is above 750cfs, everyone must wear a life jacket
  • When the flow is above 1000cfs, no tubing, only rafting

Comal and Guadalupe Rules 2009

These rules effect all of the Comal, and only the parts of the Guadalupe that are within New Braunfels city limits.

  • No containers smaller than 5 ounces (no jello shots)
  • No coolers larger than 16 quarts
  • Coolers must have a locking mechanism on the lid (zipper, Velcro, latch, cord)
  • No radios that may be heard from 50 feet or more
  • No beer bongs (funnels)
  • Noise devices may not be audible beyond 50 feet
  • No jumping from bridges, dams, or trees

The cooler rule is a per-person rule. Therefore each person in your party could bring their own cooler if you wanted. A 16 quart cooler holds approximately 20 beers.

The small container size rule is aimed at stopping people from bringing “jello shots” onto the river. Typically these are brought in small 1-2 ounce plastic containers with lids, typically seen at condiment bars, and have been a source of littering complaints.

Guadalupe Rules Outside of New Braunfels

When outside of the city limits, the only rules additional to the “rules for all rivers” are these:

  • When the river flow is above 1200cfs, no tubing, only rafting
  • No containers smaller than 5 ounces (no jello shots)
  • Coolers of any size ARE permitted

What Parts of the Guadalupe Are Effected?

If you put in to the upper and exit before the town of Gruene, then you’ll have tubed completely outside of the city limits, and none of the new rules apply.

Will I Get in Trouble for Violating These Rules?

Yes, Yes, & Yes … You may encounter local police, sheriff departments, game wardens, city and county law enforcement officials & other snakes all along the rivers.

Enjoy Our Texas Rivers & Drink Responsibly!!!

To the best of our knowledge, these regulations are current as of 7-1-2013. Please check with the local authorities or outfitters listed in each area for updates & changes!