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Tubing Time

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If you are considering heading out for a tubing trip over the weekend there are some things to keep in mind to make sure your outing is both fun and safe. First, regardless of where you go be sure to contact the outfitters beforehand to check on local conditions.  Flows still are above average at many places and you will want to make sure the river is clear for tubing before you leave home.


You also will want to make sure the outfitter you intend to use is open.  For example, the Lions Club in San Marcos and Don’s Fish Camp and Texas State Tubes located downstream on the San Marcos River are all open for business.  However, Cool River Ranch has shut down tube rentals for the season.


The Comal River has been open for tubing for some time now and all outfitters in New Braunfels are open and ready for this weekend’s onslaught.  Remember when you get to the beginning of the chute to be patient and try not to get too frustrated if you get bunched up with other tubers at that spot on the river.


The outfitters just downstream of Canyon Lake will be open and are celebrating because the Corps of Engineers has indicated flows will be kept at 300 cfs for the foreseeable future, which is a real good level for tubing.  Until recently, flows have been in the neighborhood of 5,000 cfs making the Guadalupe River available only for guided rafting trips.  If you are going to be tubing below the First Crossing on River Road be sure to ask about Huaco Rapids and Slumber Falls when you rent the tubes.  Those are real easy places to lose your tube and crash into rocks if you are not careful.


Besides all that always remember to secure the tops of your cooler so you do not lose containers when you wreck and make sure the cooler is not going to pop out of the tube when you go over rapids.  Never take glass or styrofoam to the river — that is the law.  Try to find a place that rents those light colored non-rubber tubes so you can avoid tube burn and rash.  The can ban has been repealed in New Braunfels, but other rules apply so check with your outfitter regarding prohibited activities.  Also remember that there are some relatively new alcohol prohibition rules in effect in the San Marcos Parks. Wear river shoes, not flip flops. Do not take your best pair of sunglasses on the water with you.  Have fun and remember it is always better to go early in the day if you are taking the kids because things can get very crowded and a little rowdy in the afternoon.