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The following information might be useful to determine where to go tubing on area rivers.  If you go, DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK  because sometimes CONDITIONS CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS regardless of the flow levels, and flows that are fun for some will be treacherous to others. WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION REGARDING TUBING, and the INFORMATION BELOW IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR your acts or omissions, the conditions found at any of the sites we have described on our website, or the information contained in our descriptions of the destination sites.  We strongly urge you to TALK TO TUBE RENTAL SERVICES ABOUT ANY POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS YOU MIGHT ENCOUNTER AND TO DISCUSS PROPER PRECAUTIONS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER.  Finally, ALWAYS EXERCISE CAUTION AND REMEMBER TO WEAR A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE IF YOU ARE NOT A STRONG SWIMMER.


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.  You will want to make sure the river is OK for tubing before you leave home. Always contact the outfitters before heading out to see whether there are any areas you should avoid.  Also, the Comal and San Marcos might be low at times, but they both typically have enough water for tubing.  The primary problem with those streams is that they flood after a rain event.  The Guadalupe, on the other hand, is dependent on flows out of Canyon Lake.  When the lake level is at or below 909 msl flows out of the reservoir typically are the same as inflows.  That means with the reservoir is relatively low, there will be very low flows into the Guadalupe River.


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.


If you are going to be tubing below the First Crossing on River Road outside of New Braunfels 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 will be going back into effect in New Braunfels soon, and 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 and public consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the New Braunfels 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 because things can get very crowded and a little rowdy in the afternoon.