Yes you CAN DRINK on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers (according to state law). And you CAN DRINK whatever you’d like – including, but not limited to, beer, wine, any other alcoholic beverage, juice, water or sports drinks.

All we require is that you drink alcohol responsibly and that you drink all beverages from a NON-DISPOSABLE container if you’re INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS**. There are tons of options for non-disposable containers. The same requirement applies for the food you bring on the river inside the City Limits.

There are no new rules on the Guadalupe River above the Gruene Bridge.

River Laws Guadalupe above Gruene Bridge Comal River & Guadalupe Below Gruene Bridge
No disposable containers
No glass
No styrofoam
No plastic containers of 5oz. or less
No littering
No jumping from bridges, dams, trees, or cliffs
Locking mechanism required on coolers
Noise devices may not be audible beyond 50ft
Inflatable Floatation Devices

  • Limited to two (2) per person
  • Inflatable floatation devices shall not exceed five feet (5′) in length or width

Applies to Comal River only
No volume drinking devices


Public Parking Locations

  • Prince Solms Park
  • Elizabeth Street Public Parking (Wurstfest Lot)

Recycling Station Locations

  • Prince Solms Park
  • Last Tubers Exit
  • Cypress Bend Park
  • Outfitter Locations

Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s)

  • PFD’s will be provided to tubers/citizens free of charge with deposit at City Tube Chute or river outfitters
  • The PFD loaner station will be located at the Prince Hinman Island Park

INFLATABLE FLOATATION DEVICES ON COMAL RIVER

  • Limited to two (2) per person
  • Round inflatable floatation devices shall not exceed five feet (5′) in diameter
  • If rectangular or another shape, no side can exceed five feet (5′) in length

Comal and Guadalupe River Definitions:

The term “Comal River Rules” pertains to that portion of the Comal River or the diversion of the Comal River that starts at the confluence with Dry Comal Creek and ends at the confluence with the Guadalupe River.

The term “Guadalupe River” means that portion of the Guadalupe River starting at the Gruene Bridge and ends at the Mill Dam.

THE NEW BRAUNFELS ORDINANCE 2012-9 RESTRICTING CERTAIN-SIZED FLOATATION DEVICES ON THE COMAL RIVER PROVIDES IN PART:

On the Comal River, inflatable devices cannot exceed five feet in diameter if round; or, if they are rectangular or another shape, no side can exceed five feet in length. Inflatable devices on the Comal River are limited to no more than two per person. As used in this paragraph, the Comal River is defined as that portion of the Comal River, or the diversion of the Comal River that starts at the confluence with the Dry Comal Creek and ends at the confluence with the Guadalupe River.

Vessels or inflatable devices operated by or under the supervision of the city’s police department or parks and recreation department are exempt from the provisions of this section.

The city will allow reasonable accommodations with regard to vessels or inflatable devices for individuals with disabilities or special needs.

River Rules

City of New Braunfels Water Recreation Rules:

  • No disposable containers
  • No glass
  • No foam containers
  • No disposable containers
  • No littering
  • Lifejackets are recommended for weak swimmers and children under eight
  • PFD’s will be provided to tubers/citizens free of charge w/ deposit at City Tube Chute or river outfitters
  • No volume drinking devices
  • No containers under 5 fluid oz.
  • Noise devices may not be audible beyond 50 feet
  • No jumping from bridges, dams, or trees
  • Coolers must have a locking mechanism on the lid (zipper, Velcro, latch, cord)
  • Vessels on the rivers may not be over 18 feet in length

On the Comal River:

  • Limit of two tubes per person on the Comal River
  • Canoes and kayaks may not use the Last Tubers Exit on the Comal River on weekends and holidays
  • Round inflatable floatation devices shall not exceed five feet (5′) in diameter

On the Guadalupe River:

  • When the river flow on the Guadalupe River is above 500cfs, it is mandatory for all children under eight years of age to wear a lifejacket
  • When the river flow on the Guadalupe River is above 750cfs, it is mandatory for all individuals to wear a lifejacket
  • When the river flow on the Guadalupe River is above 1000cfs, tubing is not allowed. The only allowed recreation is raft trips & kayaks