We’ll All Float On

Floating the river is a favorite Texas pastime. People travel to the hill country from all over the state during the spring and summer (and sometimes even the fall, because it’s usually still warm) to float the beautiful Texas rivers. All are great locations, each offering their own unique twists and turns and length of float.

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Floating the Guadalupe River

The Guadalupe is definitely the most popular river to float in Texas. The Guadalupe tubing areas are spread out over many miles so there’s plenty of room for everyone. This river has rapids, boulders, and tube chutes and is more intense than the other central Texas rivers. Therefore the river’s flow changes much more than does the other spring-fed rivers because the flow rate is determined by the water release rates from the dam at Canyon lake. Locals enjoy tubing from the Horseshoe or the Chute. The Horseshoe is a loop float on the upper Guadalupe. After about an hour, you can get out at the bridge and go back in for another round or you can continue downriver to the Chute. Hold on to any belongings you brought with you; the Chute is known for keeping flip flops and sunglasses! We recommend tubing with Armadillo Tubes in Lake Canyon. They’re inexpensive, will rent a tube to you and offer shuttle services to get you back to your car safely.

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Floating the San Marcos River

The San Marcos river is a home to some of the cleanest water you can find in Texas. From its spring-fed source, it is 10 times cleaner than EPA standards for drinking water (we still suggest you don’t drink it.) Not as busy as the Comal River, the usual float on the San Marcos is one mile, though it’s possible to float longer. What locals enjoy most about this river is that you can toob right through part of the Texas State campus and downtown San Marcos, but most of toobing part of the river is greenery and hill country on both sides. We recommend floating from Don’s Fish Camp. Don’s also offers shuttle services and tube rental but a little pricier than Armadillo Tubes.

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Floating the Comal River

This river is the most popular to float and is the shortest river in the world. It begins at Comal Springs in Landa Park and flows 2.5 miles until its junction with the Guadalupe. This river is a great river to take the entire family to. It’s easy, slow, and not too cold. This river is also spring-fed. There is a single tube chute but  no other rapids or obstacles along the way. We suggestion floating from Comal Tubes. They are also an affordable tube renal and shuttle option.