New Braunfels Suspends Lifeguard Operations at City’s Tube Chute

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Pre-drought aerial view of the City Tube Chute. Image courtesy of the City of New Braunfels.

City of New Braunfels has pulled lifeguards from the City Tube Chute due to reduced water depth and clarity issues on the Comal River.

The chute itself remains open.

“This is approximately three weeks earlier than lifeguard operations would usually end at the end of the summer tourism season,” Parks and Recreation said on social media. “The City Tube Chute often operates without lifeguards, in particular during the weeks before and after the normal summer tourism season.”

Swimmers are advised to wear life jackets.

The Comal River is a natural waterway with natural hazards including submerged debris (like rocks and tree branches) and is susceptible to further impacts from weather and other factors.

Parks that offer river access will remain open. Swimmers of all ages, are advised to use life jackets. Free life jackets are available at Hinman Island.

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