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, sports drinks, and even that stuff you found dripping from the ceiling above your kitchen if you want.

All we require is, that you drink alcohol responsibly and that you don't litter.



River Laws

Guadalupe above Gruene Bridge

Comal River & Guadalupe Below Gruene Bridge

No glass

No styrofoam

No plastic containers 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

  • 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
 

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 w/ deposit
  • The PFD loaner station will be located at the Prince Solms Tube Chute

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" means 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 RESTRICING 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.

Rules

City of New Braunfels Water Recreation Rules:

  • No glass
  • No foam 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 Prince Solms Tube Chute
  • 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