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For up-to-date information about rules and laws governing tubing on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers, please click here. There are different rules for Comal v. Guadalupe rivers and City of New Braunfels v. outside City of New Braunfels.

You CAN DRINK on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers (according to state law). And you CAN DRINK whatever you’d like – including, but not limited to, beer, wine, any other alcoholic beverage, juice, water, sports drinks, and even that stuff you found dripping from the ceiling above your kitchen if you want.

The requirement is that you drink all beverages from a non-disposable container if you’re inside New Braunfels city limits. There are tons of options for non-disposable containers. The same requirement applies for the food you bring on the river inside the city limits.

Click here for more information about types of containers allowed on Canyon Lake and the rivers.

New Braunfels city limits

City limits begin at the Gruene Bridge on the Guadalupe and include the entire Comal River.

Above Gruene Bridge

River laws on Guadalupe River above Gruene Bridge and on both the Guadalupe and Comal rivers below Gruene Bridge:

  • no glass
  • no styrofoam
  • no plastic containers five-ounces or less
  • no littering
  • no jumping from bridges, dams, trees, or cliffs

Below Gruene Bridge

River laws on Guadalupe and Comal rivers below Gruene Bridge:

  • no disposable containers
  • no styrofoam
  • one cooler per-person, maximum 16 quarts in size
  • locking mechanism required on  coolers
  • noise devices may not be audible beyond 50 feet
  • no volume drinking devices

Comal River only

River laws on Comal River only:

  • Inflatable flotation devices limited to two per person
  • round inflatable flotation devices shall not exceed five feet (5′) in diameter
  • if rectangular or another shape, no side can exceed five feet in length. 

Flotation Devices Restrictions on the Comal River

On the Comal River, inflatable devices cannot exceed five feet in diameter if round; or, if they are rectangular or another shape, no side can exceed five feet in length. Inflatable devices on the Comal River are limited to no more than two per person. As used in this paragraph, the Comal River is defined as that portion of the Comal River, or the diversion of the Comal River that starts at the confluence with the Dry Comal Creek and ends at the confluence with the Guadalupe River.

Vessels or inflatable devices operated by or under the supervision of the city’s police department or parks and recreation department are exempt from the provisions of this section.

The city will allow reasonable accommodations with regard to vessels or inflatable devices for individuals with disabilities or special needs.

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