Tubers still hitting the Guadalupe, Comal but in fewer numbers 

click to enlarge River Sports Tubes employee Dustin Wright advises a couple of hatted tubers on where to put in on the Guadalupe and when to pull out - GREG HARMAN
  • Greg Harman
  • River Sports Tubes employee Dustin Wright advises a couple of hatted tubers on where to put in on the Guadalupe and when to pull out

 

There’s not much in the river above the Canyon Lake Dam but white rocks; it’s underground springs that are feeding the lake today, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But tubing outfits beneath the dam are still doing a reasonable business with a “low and low” Guadalupe River as parched Texans make the trek past Gruene for some liquid relief. On Sunday afternoon, tubers from Houston to the Rio Grande Valley were hefting their oversized inner tubes into the water. But experienced tubers warned: Be prepared to use your “paddle muscles.” 

“Usually on a weekend like this we’re selling out of tubes,” said River Sports Tubes four-year employee Dustin Wright. “This year we’re only renting about half.” The piles of tubes inside the shed backed up his assessment.

While the weather isn’t expected to improve this summer — and longer-range forecasts are less than comforting — this may be as good a time as any to embrace the new normal. 

Ready to float? They’ve got your tube patched and ready!

 

 

1. Rockin’ R River Rides
Rockin’ R River Rides offers tubing and rafting rentals. Trips last one to five hours depending on the route and river conditions. Shuttle service is included. Camping is available through Rockin’ R at Camp Huaco Springs, which includes tent sites, RV sites, and cabins. Trips start at 9am each day (8am on Saturdays) and end about one hour prior to dusk. Float trips (which include tube and shuttle) are $15 for a tube without a bottom and $17 with a bottom.

River: Guadalupe and Comal

Locations:
Gruene Rockin’ R Rentals
1405 Gruene Road
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(800) 55-FLOATrockinr.com

Double Rockin’ R Campground & Rentals
1321 River Terrace
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(800) 55-FLOAT

Camp Huaco Springs Campground & Rentals
4484 River Road
New Braunfels, TX 78132
(800) 55-Float

Chute House Campground
8664 River Road
New Braunfels, TX 78132
(888) 462-2676

Comal Rockin’ R Rentals
193 South Liberty St.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: (830) 620-6262


2. River Sports Tubes
River Sports Tubes offers short, medium, and long floats, starting at 9 a.m. daily (8 a.m. on Saturdays) and ending around 7 p.m. The duration of each trip varies depending on the river conditions. Shuttle service is included for medium and long floats. Tubes with and without a bottom are available for rent at $15. This price includes the float fee. Coolers are also available for rent at $8.

River: Guadalupe, middle of the Horseshoe Loop

Location:
12034 FM 306
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
(830) 964-2450
riversportstubes.com  

3. Shanty Tubes
Shanty Tubes offers tubing, kayaking, and rafting rentals. Short, medium and long floats are offered, ranging from one-and-a-half to eight hours. The duration of each trip varies depending on the river conditions, floats start at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. on Saturdays), and the last entry time is about 5 p.m. each day. Shuttle service is included with all rentals. The horseshoe and three- to four-hour trips cost $15, which includes a tube rental (with or without a bottom). The five- to six-hour and eight-hour trips cost $20, which includes a tube rental (with or without a bottom). The two-man, four-man, six-man and eight-man rafts cost $50, $100, $150 and $200, respectively. These prices include the raft, paddles, and life jackets. A beer garden is located at the headquarters.

River: Guadalupe, middle of the Horseshoe Loop

Location:
12120 FM 306
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
(830) 964-3990
shantytubes.com

4. Texas Tubes
Texas Tubes offers one trip length, lasting about two-and-a-half hours. Floats begin at 9 a.m. and the last entry time is about 6 p.m. (though sometimes you can drop in later if prior arrangements have been made). A shuttle service is included. The personal equipment entry fee is $10/person (no personal equipment allowed on the property on weekends and holidays). Tubes with and without bottoms are available for rent at $15 and $12, respectively. These prices include the float fee. Tubes with an ice chest are also available for rent at $20.

River: Comal

Location:
250 Meusebach
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 626-9900
texastubes.com


5. Tube Haus
A shuttle service is included with all Tube Haus rentals. Floats begin around 9 a.m., the last entry time is about 5:30 p.m., and the personal equipment entry fee is $10/person. Tubes with and without bottoms are available for rent at $15 (price includes the float fee), and coolers are available for rent at $8.

River: Guadalupe, beginning of the Horseshoe Loop

Location:
12454 FM 306
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
(830) 964-3011
tubehaus.com


6. Andy’s River Toobs
Andy’s River Toobs offers short (one hour), medium (three hour) and long (six hour) trips. Shuttle service is included for the medium and long trips. Floats begin around 9 a.m. It is recommended that you be on the water by noon at the latest for the six-hour trip, by 3 p.m. for the three-hour trip, and 5:30 p.m. for the one-hour trip. Tubes with or without bottoms are available for rent at $15 (price includes the float fee). Cooler tubes are also available for rent at $10. The Horseshoe Grill is located at the headquarters, which serves hamburgers and sandwiches.

River: Guadalupe, on the Horseshoe Loop

Location:
12020 FM 306
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
(830) 907-3009
andysrivertoobs.com

7. Whitewater Sports

Whitewater offers two trips. One begins at Whitewater and ends at the fourth crossing bridge. The other begins at the top of the “horseshoe” (a short shuttle drive away) and can either end at Whitewater or at the fourth crossing bridge, depending on how long you want to float. The float fee for Monday-Thursday is $15 and the fee for Friday-Sunday is $17. These prices include a canvas-covered tube, shuttle service, and a cooler tube. Rafts also are available for rent at $50 for a two-man, $100 for a four-man and $150 for a six-man. Float trips begin around 9 a.m., and all river equipment must be returned by 6 p.m.

River: Guadalupe, end of the Horseshoe Loop

Location:
11860 FM 306
New Braunfels, TX 78132
(830) 964-3800
floattheguadalupe.com

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