Comal River Recreation Information

River Status:  OPEN

Open daily, year-round, the Comal River is a beautiful spring-fed natural flowing body of water that has been the pinnacle attraction for New Braunfels for generations. The headwaters spring up from the Edwards Aquifer, flowing through family-friendly Landa Park, passing Downtown New Braunfels, bordering Schlitterbahn Waterpark and eventually merging with the Guadalupe River. 

The Comal River in New Braunfels is one of the shortest navigable waterways in the United States. The water temperature is a steady 70-72 degrees year round, which makes it refreshing in the Texas summer heat and warm enough for a morning swim in the winter months. Below you will find River Rules & Regulations, Hours of Operation, Parking Information, and a list of River Outfitters & Access Points. 

Historic/Vintage image of people at Camp Warnecke falls
Spring Fed River Basin, flowing with cool aquifer water.
Sunny day with people tubing down a river under a bridge.

Comal River Rules & Regulations

  • No disposable containers - Quick Reference Chart Download
  • No glass
  • No foam containers
  • No littering
  • Life jackets are recommended for weak swimmers and children under eight, PFD’s will be provided to tubers/citizens free of charge w/ deposit at City Tube Chute or river outfitters
  • No volume drinking devices
  • No containers under 5 fluid oz.
  • Noise devices may not be audible beyond 50 feet
  • No jumping from bridges, dams, or trees
  • Coolers must have a locking mechanism on the lid (zipper, Velcro, latch, cord) with a maximum size of 30 quarts and 1 cooler per person
  • Vessels on the rivers may not be over 18 feet in length
  • Limit of two tubes per person
  • Canoes and kayaks may not use the Last Tubers Exit on the Comal River on weekends and holidays
  • Round inflatable flotation devices shall not exceed five feet (5′) in diameter

Comal River Hours and Parking

Hours of Operation: The Comal river is currently open, we only close it for public safety issues or during times of high water. The entrance and exit access points are open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Parking: River Outfitters typically have on-site or no charge parking with shuttle services provided. 

Not using an outfitter? - Visitors are encouraged to download the ParkMobile app before arriving and are welcome to park at Prince Solms for $20, Elizabeth Avenue for $10, East San Antonio Street for $20, or Hinman Island Drive for $30.

Resident River Passes and Resident River Parking Passes are available with proof of residency at the Parks Office. City Parking and access fees apply between May 1st and Labor Day, 8AM-7PM.

Comal River Tubing Outfitters

A River Outfitter is your one-stop shop for enjoying our waterways. They are available to answer any of your river-related questions or concerns. Typically, their prices range from $15-$22 and include your shuttle, tube rental, and fees. More information available at www.TubeInNewBraunfels.com

444 Tubing - (830) 730-8740
Chuck's Tubes - (830) 625-3991
Comal Tubes - (830) 387-4408
Corner Tubes - (830) 626-6687
Felger's River Center - (830) 625-4003
Landa Falls - (830) 627-1440
Landa River Trips - (830) 625-5889
NB Toobs - (830) 302-7878
Rockin' R River Rides - (830) 620-6262
Texas Tubes - (830) 626-9900
The Float In - (830) 213-2355

Comal River Access Points

The following public entrance and exit access points are open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. River Access Wristbands are required between May 1st and Labor Day and can be acquired at the entrances of Hinman Island, Prince Solms, or at your River Outfitter. 

Hinman Island Park
Prince Solms Park & Tube Chute
Garden Street Bridge - Steep, metal staircase adjoining bridge on river left
Last Tuber's Exit - Last exit before convergence with Guadalupe, stair and ramp type exit on river left.

Comal River Recreation Threshold - View Current Flow Rate

Flow River Status
100 - 500 cfsRecreational flow - all recreation activities are available
500 - 600 cfsUse extreme caution - all activities questionable - flows of this magnitude are usually
caused by rainfall and involve turbid water and floating debris - contact river
outfitters for more information
600+ cfsThe Comal River is usually closed at this flow rate

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