There are few better ways to experience a summer in Texas than floating down a river with friends and cold beverages. Tubing is a great summer past-time in Central Texas so we rounded up the top spots for tubing.
The three most visited rivers for tubing in Central Texas are the Guadalupe River, Comal River, and San Marcos River.
Guadalupe River | FM306, Canyon Lake, TX
The Guadalupe River is affectionately known as the party river. It’s the place to float if you en-joy others around with music and alcohol. The water flow varies with some rapids and some slow areas. A popular route is the Horseshoe which is a bend in the river along FM 306 and takes about 2 hours to complete. There are several tube rental companies in the area where you can choose how far and long you want your adventure to go.
San Marcos River | San Marcos, TX
The major appeal to the San Marcos River is that it is spring-fed which means that it’s a cool 72 degrees all year-round. A popular route is straight through downtown San Marcos begin-ning at Aquarena Center or at the City Park and ending with a fun drop through the Rio Vista Dam. This ride takes about an hour and is slow and steady. The Lions Club is your best bet for tube rentals along this short river and they’ll provide transportation to your starting place.
A longer, more adventurous route along the San Marcos River is just past the Rio Vista Dam and it lasts about 3 hours. You can self-guide through this area or contact an outfitter to book a private guide. It is a more remote part of the river so be sure to refer to a map of the river prior to your float.
Comal River | New Braunfels, TX
The Comal River may be the shortest river in the country but it’s one of the best to float. It’s a fun ride and in the middle of town. The ride can last 2 or 3 hours and is a leisure float on a broad river. An exciting part of the ride is going down the man-made chute to get you around the dam. There are several tube rental companies in New Braunfels if you don’t have your own tubes.
Two less-crowded options for the tubing are the Frio River and the Medina River.
Frio River | Leaky, TX | Concan, TX
The Frio River is another spring-fed river that is cool all your-round. It spans over 40 miles and is more secluded than the rivers mentioned above. It has clear water all the way through and beautiful scenery which makes for a relaxing float ride. Two routes are the 3-hour Seven Bluffs Crossing to Kenneth Arthur “Frio Country” Crossing and the 4-hour Kenneth Arthur “Frio Country” to Neal’s Crossing. Both are beautiful rides with limestone bluffs and cypress trees. Find tube-rental companies online for more information.
Medina River | Medina, TX | Bandera, TX
The Medina River is a hidden gem of a river in Texas. It is scenic as it is lined with Cypress trees. Most common floats are from Moffett Park in Medina, TX down to Bandera, TX. Floating down this river can range from 1.5 hours up to 6 hours. The Medina River depends on rainfall so there may be several low areas if there hasn’t been a lot of rain. Visit local tube-rental com-panies for more information.
A few things are worth mentioning before anyone heads out to any Texas’ beautiful rivers to enjoy a day of tubing. Check the water conditions to know what to expect. Respect the natu-ral areas by cleaning up after yourself (taking a mesh trash bag is always a good idea). Stay hydrated. Know and follow the rules and regulations about alcohol for the places you are visit-ing. Never take glass or styrofoam container into the rivers. Enjoy floating Texas’ rivers!