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Tubing Rivers

A refreshing and relaxing summer day.

By Kayla Meyertons

When you examine a map of the 11,000-plus rivers and streams that crisscross our state, Texas looks like a giant water park. We have 40,000 miles of waterways offering relief from the sizzling June sun. For an easy way to cool off, grab some friends and an inner tube, and you're all set for a refreshing and relaxing summer day.


Comal River, New Braunfels

Although it’s the shortest river in Texas, the Comal River (pictured here) is long on fun. Beginning at Comal Springs in Landa Park, the river flows 2.5 miles through New Braunfels until it joins the Guadalupe River. The spring-fed Comal provides clear water at a refreshing 70–72 degrees, perfect for tubing. The City Tube Chute offers some excitement on an otherwise relaxing float.

Frio River, Concan

Cold and secluded, the Frio River is ideal for escaping the summertime crowds. A Hill Country beauty, the Frio passes high limestone bluffs, shady cypress sentinels and lots of scenic Texas countryside. Access can be found near Leakey, Concan and Garner State Park.

Guadalupe River, New Braunfels

The most popular river to tube in Texas, the Guadalupe can get crowded and rowdy on summer weekends. Ever-changing, the Guadalupe’s flow fluctuates with the release rate of water from Canyon Dam, from calm to raging. The Guadalupe’s fast water is shaded by stately pecan and bald cypress trees. There are plenty of outfitters to choose from between New Braunfels and Canyon Dam.

Medina River, Bandera

The calm, more secluded Medina River offers a picturesque tubing experience for all ages. Small rapids occur along the winding, crystal-clear river, but the experience is mostly one of beauty and relaxation, with only one caution: Look out for low branches.




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