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This week’s swimming hole tip is Crooks Park in San Marcos. It is a little used park just down from Rio Vista. Get there early to snag a good spot, and afterwards you can walk across the street to grab a bite at Herbert’s. Have fun.

There is only a slight chance of rain on Saturday so that might be a good time to go tubing. This week’s choice is Rockin R. They have several locations on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers, both of which are flowing just fine. Have fun.

Looking for something to do with the kids outside without melting? If that is the case, consider heading over to South Llano River State Park early in the afternoon on Saturday. Park staff will conduct a river creature expedition. Folks get in the cool water, deploy some nets, and then take a look at the aquatic critters that have been caught. If your kids like bugs they will dig this outing. Afterwards you can go for a swim or a float. Have fun.

You can beat the heat and have fun outdoors by heading to Guadalupe River State Park this Saturday morning. There will be a guided hike where you can learn about the creatures inhabiting the area, and afterwards you can go for a swim. Be sure to make a day use reservation before heading out to make sure you can get in.

The Frio is flowing well above average for this time of year. If you are in the mood for tubing, contact this week’s pick — Happy Hollow. They have a two hour float trip that should help you forget about the horrid triple digit highs that are right around the corner. Remember that when you first get in the water it is going to take your breath away if you know what we mean. Have fun.

This week’s pick for a swimming hole destination is Garner State Park. The gorgeous Frio River flows along the edge of the park and it is a great place to go swimming or to just float around for a bit. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time for a daytime visit because this park gets really crowded on the weekends. If you can sneak off during the week you should have no problems reserving a space. Have fun.

Saturday is when you want to head over to Llano for the annual Rock N Riverfest. They will have jet ski exhibitions, a car show, barbecue cookoff for ribs and brisket, watermelon eating competition, a kids parade, and of course — fireworks.

This week’s pick for a swimming hole is Wes Cooksey Park on the gorgeous Nueces River. Flows on the river are up for this time of year and the nearby dam creates an ideal area for swimming or floating. You can’t make reservations so get there very early in the morning to get a space, or you can reserve a campsite in advance. Have fun.

More good news!. It rained recently out west and the Frio River is up to 131 cfs, which is great for tubing. Contact Josh’s, Andy’s, or Happy Hollow to get river and tube rental information. Have fun.

Good news. The flows on the Frio are higher than usual and conditions are good for tubing. This week’s pick for an outfitter is Josh’s with locations in Leakey and Concan. Contact them for info on a 3-4 hour trip on the river. Have fun.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR CAMPING, SWIMMING HOLE, TUBING AND HIKING TRIPS