IS ALCOHOL BANNED?
No. You just have to be of legal drinking age, and we ask that you drink alcohol responsibly, and you drink all beverages from a NON-DISPOSABLE container if you’re INSIDE THE 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. We encourage all visitors to act responsibly and help keep our rivers clean and safe!
CAN I TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS?
Sure! Contact any of our city’s river outfitters. The river outfitters will have up-to-the-minute information about river flows, rules, parking, and more.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHEN FLOATING?
We recommend your suitable footwear, swimsuit, sunscreen, your life jacket.
WHAT ABOUT HYDRATION?
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Liquids are your friend. You’re going to be out for a while and a lot of that time you’ll be in the sun.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I LITTER?
No. Dispose of all trash in litter bags. Dump all trash in designated receptacles. Help keep our rivers, parks and the state of Texas beautiful. please DO NOT LITTER! Violators can be fined up to $500.
CAN I GET OUT OF THE RIVER ONTO PRIVATE PROPERTY?
No. Please do not Trespass on Private Properties. Violators can be fined up to $500.
CAN I BRING GLASS OR FOAM CONTAINERS TO PARKS AND RIVERS?
No. GLASS or STYROFOAM are NOT ALLOWED on the Guadalupe River BY LAW and will be confiscated, with possible arrest(s) and fines up to $500. Coolers & Ice chests may be checked for Glass and or Styrofoam at any random time or point on the river by Law Enforcement Officials.
CAN I JUMP OFF AREA BRIDGES, TREES, OR OTHER NATURAL OR MANMADE STRUCTURES INTO THE RIVER OR ONTO THE GROUND?
No. If you are in the city limits It’s against the law to jump off area bridges, trees, or other natural or manmade things into the river or onto the ground?
HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT HOW TO ENJOY THE RIVERS SAFELY?
You can contact one of the local river outfitters. They will also provide you with a safety briefing before you head out on the river.
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
Kids are welcome. They should know how to swim and be over the age of 3 to float the Comal or over the age of 6 to float the Guadalupe. We recommend Sundays and/or weekdays as KID FRIENDLY DAYS! Life jackets are recommended for children under eight and weak or non-swimmers. Lifejackets are always available. Just ask the local river outfitter you will be using.
ARE THE RIVERS ALWAYS THE SAME?
No. The Comal River and Guadalupe River are all natural. That means, river flow, length of float trips, age cutoffs, and more can change daily due to weather and other circumstances. Check with a local river outfitter for the latest information. 12.Can I bring a keg on the river? Yes. A keg is not considered a volume drinking device, therefore it would be permitted on the water. Do not consume directly from the keg. 13 How do I get alcoholic beverages to the rivers? Isn’t alcohol banned in some City parks? If you need to cross a park on the way to a river that prohibits alcoholic beverages, you must have any alcoholic beverages in closed containers BEFORE you enter the park. Open beverages in the park or on the banks of the river of those parks are not allowed.
ARE PETS ALLOWED ON THE RIVERS?
There are no local ordinances prohibiting pets on the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers in New Braunfels. Independent river outfitters may have their own rules regarding animals on their property, equipment, or shuttles. Please check with your local river outfitter before bringing your pet along! Remember that hot vehicles can become deadly for animals, so you can’t leave yours waiting while you float.
IS THERE A SIZE LIMIT ON COOLERS?
Is there a size limit on coolers? Yes Only If you are inside the New Braunfels city limits, Coolers must be 16 quarts or smaller. And only one cooler per person. Coolers and Ice Chests must have a locking mechanism on the lid (zipper, Velcro, cord or latch). Check with your local river outfitter for updated restrictions.
IS THERE A CAN BAN?
Yes. The disposable containers ordinance applies to the Comal River and the portion of the Guadalupe River that falls within the New Braunfels city limits. It prohibits disposable food and beverage containers, Disposable containers include, but are not limited to, metal and aluminum cans, glass containers, Styrofoam cups and containers, cardboard containers, paper sacks, boxes, paper napkins and towels, and plastic containers and utensils. Check with your local river outfitter to see if these rules apply.