Monday Feb 19

Water Activities

New Braunfels River Rules 2012

As you might have heard, new river rules will be in effect for 2012 on the Comal River and Guadelupe River in New Braunfels, Texas. Most of these rules have to do with reducing litter on the river by prohibiting non-disposable containers on the river and maximum tube size.

So what does that mean? We'll break it down for you.

First of all, you should know the standard rules for the rivers (the older rules, below). In addition, New Braunfels has now made it illegal to posses a disposable container on the Comal or Guadelupe rivers inside the New Braunfels city limits. Think beer can or water bottle. That's easy to get around; just fill up a sports bottle with your favorite beverage and hit the river.

Also, since the double-wide tubes sometimes clogged up the river, tubes are limited to five feet in length at their longest dimension. So you can forget about using the doubles.

Older, still-in-place rules. These rules have been around for awhile.

Water Recreation Rules Comal and Guadalupe Rivers
  • No glass
  • No foam containers
  • No volume drinking devices
  • No containers under 5 fluid oz.
  • Noise devices may not be audible beyond 50 ft.
  • No jumping from bridges, dams, and trees
  • No littering
  • Maximum permitted cooler size is 16 qt.
  • Coolers must have a locking mechanism on the lid (zipper, Velcro, latch, cord)
  • One cooler per person
  • Vessels on the rivers may not be over 18 ft in length
  • Life jackets are recommended for children under eight and weak swimmers
Comal River
  • Inflatable floatation devices on the Comal River must be less than 5 ft. in diameter or width at the narrowest point
  • 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
Guadalupe River Inside the City Limits of New Braunfels
  • 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 life jacket
  • When the river flow on the Guadalupe River is above 750cfs, it is mandatory for all individuals to wear a life jacket
  • When the river flow on the Guadalupe River is above 1000cfs, tubing is not allowed. The only allowed recreation is raft trips and kayaks.
River Entrance and Exit Rules
  • No open alcoholic containers allowed in River Acres Park, Last Tubers Exit, Cypress Bend Park, Hinman Island Park, and Prince Solms Park
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