Texas June 13, 2018
9 Natural Rivers In Texas You Have To Check Out This Summer For A Tubing Adventure
It’s already pushing 90 degrees across much of the Lone Star State, and it isn’t even officially summer yet! It’s only going to get hotter from here – and that means frequent trips to the nearest river need to start like, yesterday. There’s no better way to beat the heat than jumping in a tube and floating the day away. Here are nine of the absolute best rivers for tubing in Texas:
Easily the most popular tubing river in the state, the Guadalupe starts filling with beer-wielding tourists as soon as the temperature gets above 70. The 230-mile long tributary could take you all the way into the Gulf, but the most frequented spots are in the Hill Country. With very few rapids and cypress trees all around to provide shade, it's a family-friendly float sure to please everyone.
one of the best tube rental spots (brief and all-day floats available).
The Comal is a short, 2.5-mile stretch of the Guadalupe that flows through New Braunfels. Its sapphire waters, thrilling tube chute, and intersection with Schlitterbahn make it a truly unique experience that belongs in everyone's summer plans. Use
to get the most bang for your buck, as you'll ride until the very last opportunity to exit.
3. San Marcos
A popular summer hangout spot for Texas State University students, the San Marcos River is another offshoot of the Guadalupe with crystal-clear water and slides at the end as well as food trucks and picnic tables. Most people float with the
because they have a shuttle to take you right back to your car!
Moving away from Central Texas, the Frio River boasts breathtaking views of the sprawling canyons and plateaus out west.
Garner State Park
is the primary access point, and camping there provides not only water recreation but also hiking and biking trails as well. You might want to wear a more modest bathing suit - Spanish for "cold," the Frio will freeze your poor back and toes if you aren't careful!
5. South Llano
We typically associate this river with fly-fishing, but it's also great for tubing (and kayaking/canoeing!) Enter near the
South Llano River State Park
or Boone's Crossing for a relaxing float the entire family is guaranteed to enjoy.
If you aren't a fan of sitting bumper-to-bumper with other tubers, the Brazos is the river for you. Located near Caddo, it's quite literally in the middle of nowhere and promises to not be overrun with tourists. The current varies depending on the weather, but visiting before summer's end is your best bet to ensure the water level is high enough for floating. The easiest point of entry is
Possum Kingdom State Park
, where you can also camp overnight!
Every Saturday through August 11, you can enjoy live music while you float thanks to the Rockin' the River festival.
a schedule of all the bands and more information about tube rentals.
Although much more popular during fall because of the breathtaking foliage draped over the water, the Medina River is beautiful all throughout the year. It's 120 miles long, spring-fed, and full of clear water that flows gently with the exception of a few mild rapids. Despite being located in such a small town, the
Medina River Company
offers tube rentals and a shuttle service to make your experience as easy and painless as possible.
By far the longest river in the state, the Colorado has tons of access points in a variety of different towns. It's a relaxing float no matter where you enter, so just base your decision on whatever other activities you plan on doing!
Have you ever floated any of these rivers? What’s your favorite river to tube on during the summer in Texas?