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How To Safely Tube The Guadalupe River In Texas This Summer

Published Friday, May 29, 2020 4:00pm

It’s summer (unofficially, but whatever) here in Texas, which means one thing and one thing alone: tubing season is here! We can still enjoy our leisurely floats along the river — albeit with some additional safety measures. Here’s everything you need to know about tubing the Guadalupe.

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Ah, our beloved Guadalupe River. Less crowded than the Comal, this scenic waterway is a tuber's paradise.

Memorial Day Weekend is seen as the unofficial start to tubing season, a sentiment that held true this year despite the pandemic. Our favorite summertime activity will look a little different in 2020, however, due to the pandemic.

Social distancing guidelines must be observed while floating the river, and tubers must only come with those in their household. People who feel sick are asked to stay home.

You'll have several different river outfitters to choose from, with River Sports Tubes being one of the most popular. It's located 12 miles West of New Braunfels, right in the middle of the famous Horseshoe Loop in Canyon Lake. 

Choose between a short, medium, and long float, ranging in length from 30 minutes to 6 hours. All tube rentals include one shuttle trip, with each additional ride going for $5 per person. 

Tubes are available with and without bottoms, and the rental rate for both is $20. You can also rent a cooler, or bring one from home and rent a tube to carry it in.

Several concessioners also offer kayak rentals, as the Guadalupe River is known for rapids. Always pay attention to river flow, as water recreation is not allowed at 1200 cubic feet per second and above. Adults are required to wear lifejackets at 750 cfs and above; 500 cfs for children.

Visit the New Braunfels tourism page to learn more. Click here for the River Sports Tubes website.

What’s your favorite part of tubing the Guadalupe? Let us know, and check out our previous article for more rivers to float this summer: 7 Lazy River Summer Tubing Trips In Texas To Start Planning Now.

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Address: Guadalupe River, Texas, USA

Katie Lawrence | May 29, 2020