Guadalupe River Recreation Information

Open during the warm months for daily recreation, the Guadalupe River is a rugged body of water that originates from flows out of Canyon Lake. The headwaters spring up near Kerrville, flowing through the Texas Hill Country, eventually landing in Canyon Lake. The information on this page is provided for the Guadalupe River within New Braunfels city limits. Information for the Guadalupe River in Comal County is available at the Water Oriented Recreation District. Below you will find River Rules & Regulations, Hours of Operation, Parking Information, and a list of River Outfitters & Access Points.

Scenic River flowing over boulders
Guadalupe River With Tubers
Guadalupe River Flowing

Guadalupe River Rules & Regulations

  • A $2 (non-refundable) River Management Fee is assessed to non-residents. Residents may obtain a Resident River Season Pass to by-pass the fee. - Learn More
  • 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 - available at your River Outfitter.
  • 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

Guadalupe River Hours and Parking

Hours of Operation: The Guadalupe River is currently open for recreation. The entrance and exit access points are open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Parking: Public parking is available at River Acres and Cypress Bend Parks

Resident River 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, and are non-refundable.

Guadalupe River Access Points

The following public entrance and exit access points are open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.

River Acres Park
Cypress Bend Park

Guadalupe River Recreation Thresholds - View Current Flow Rate

Flow River Status
100 - 500 cfsRecreational flow - all activities are available
500 - 750 cfsAll activities are available - caution to swimmers; Life Jacket required for all persons under 8.
750 - 1000 cfsTubing questionable - use extreme caution; Life Jackets required for all people.
1000 - 3000 cfsNo tubing - raft and kayak trips only
3000 cfs +Guided trips only -  check with local river outfitters for their policies

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