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!


 

 

RIVERS TO FLOAT

GUADALUPE RIVER
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


COMAL RIVER
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

 

SAN MARCOS RIVER
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

FRIO RIVER
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

 

BYOF(loat) RIVERS

  • 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 

 

TIPS

  • 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 

 

RULES

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