Floating the river is one of our favorite pastimes here in Texas, especially as Summer rolls around! There’s no better way to beat the heat than grabbing a tube & floating down the river with some booze, friends, & tunes, so we’ve created your guide to floating the river here in Texas and some pro tips for you first-timers!

Updated May 2023



Guadalupe River

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


Comal River

Location: New Braunfels
Time: Shortest float; 1-2 hrs
Water: Limited rapids
Vibes: Best for families 
Tubes444 Tubing CompanyRockin' R, and Comal Tubes


San Marcos River

Location: San Marcos
Time: 1-3 hrs
Water: Some small rapids
Vibes: The biggest party river
TubesTexas State TubesDon'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
TubesAndy's on River Road, and Josh's Frio River Outfitters



Trinity River Kayak

Blanco River

Enjoy a relaxing float with family-friendly crowds and a slower pace, located in Blanco, Texas.

Colorado River

Float the longest river in Texas with tree-lined views and occasional wildlife spottings! Located in Bastrop, Texas.

Pedernales Falls State Park

Kick back on your tube and enjoy a lazy float in this slower river with pretty scenery, located in Johnson City.

Llano River

Bring your tubes and enjoy a family float trip at this calmer spot! Located in Junction, Texas.

Medina River

Escape the crowds at this peaceful float with stunning scenic views, located in Bandera.

Trinity River

Enjoy summer events like their Rockin’ the River live concert series, or rent a kayak instead of a tube! Located in Fort Worth, Texas.



Son's Island Floating the River

Pack a waterproof speaker.

Leave the valuables at home (prepare to lose things).

Bring cash for easy entry!

Bring a cooler + a tube for it to float on (connect it to your tube with a rope).

Pack all food & beverages in reusable containers.

Wear water shoes.

Pre-book your tubes online before your trip.

Check water levels & flow speed before you go.

Wear sunscreen & reapply often.

& most importantly...HAVE FUN!



Guadalupe River

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