Updated October 2021

Floating the river in Texas is a statewide pastime and there’s truly no better way to beat the heat during the summer. We’ve rounded up 4 of our favorite rivers to float, plus some essential tips and details on where to rent your tubes from for those heading out on their first float trip!




Location: New Braunfels
Time: 2-6 hour floats
Water: More rugged with rapids
Vibes: Party atmosphere 
Tubes: Rockin' R, Whitewater Sports, and Lone Star Float House

Location: New Braunfels
Time: Shortest float; 1-2 hrs
Water: Limited rapids
Vibes: Best for families 
Tubes: 444 Tubing Company, Rockin' R, and Comal Tubes


Location: San Marcos
Time: 1-3 hrs
Water: Some small rapids
Vibes: The biggest party river
Tubes: Texas State Tubes, Don's Fish Camp, and
Lions Club of San Marcos

Location: Concan
Time: 3-7 hours
Water: Clear, cold and calm
Vibes: Secluded & the most beautiful
Tubes: Andy's on River Road, and Josh's Frio River Outfitters



  • Blanco River for a relaxing and family friendly float
  • Pedernales River for slow moving water and pretty scenery 
  • Llano River for family friendly tubing 
  • Medina River for a less crowded, peaceful float 



  • Pre book your tubes online for a faster check in 
  • Bring cash 
  • Pack lots of sunscreen 
  • Don’t forget a waterproof speaker 
  • Bring lots of water 
  • Pack plenty of snacks (pro tip: uncrustables are the best river snack)
  • Bring a cooler, rent an extra tube for your cooler and bring a rope to tie it to your own tube
  • Put your food + alcohol in reusable containers 
  • Prepare to lose things! Don’t bring anything valuable
  • Wear water shoes
  • Check the water levels and flow speed of the river before you go 



Each river has a slightly different set of rules so make sure to check the river you plan to float before going! In general:

  • Some rivers have a can ban and require that all food & alcohol must be in non disposable containers 
  • No glass or styrofoam 
  • No jumping from bridges, dams, trees, or cliffs