Guadalupe River Parks

Comal River

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 or tubeinnewbraunfels.com

Below you will find information on the Guadalupe River Access Parks within the New Braunfels city limits.

Cypress Bend Park

Cypress Bend Park is a 15-acre community park with one mile of riverbank along the Guadalupe River. Cypress Bend Park, named after the beautiful cypress trees lining the riverbank, was recently designated as a Texas Historical Site.

Address
503 Peace Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130
830-221-4350

Park Hours
6am-dusk

Activities (No lifeguards on duty)

  • Access to the Guadalupe River
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Pavilion available for reservation
  • Playscape
  • Large open area
  • Last public tubing access for the Guadalupe River. 
  • No personal grills may be used in the park 

Alcohol
Per City Ordinance, alcohol is not allowed at Cypress Bend Park. Alcohol may be consumed while in the Guadalupe River as long as it is in a non-disposable container.

Parking
Public parking is available in Cypress Bend Park. In-season parking is not allowed along the waterway to allow for River Outfitter shuttles. View Parking Map.


River Acres Park

River Acres Park is a small one-acre neighborhood park along the Guadalupe River, just past the Common St. bridge.

Address
501 Fair Lane
New Braunfels, TX 78130
830-221-4350

Hours
6am-midnight

Activities

  • Access to Guadalupe River
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Open space
  • Benches
  • No personal grills may be used in the park

Alcohol
Per City Ordinance, alcohol is not allowed at River Acres Park. Alcohol may be consumed while in the Guadalupe River as long as it is in a non-disposable container.

Parking
Street side parking is available on the park side of Fair Lane. In-season, public parking is prohibited on residential streets surrounding the park. View Parking Map.

  1. Stewardship
  2. Rules & Regulations
  3. Current River Conditions
  4. Contact

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New Braunfels Parks & Recreation and the City of New Braunfels are committed to sustainability and river stewardship. Vegetation and wildlife are integral to parks along the Guadalupe River.  With approximately a quarter million river users each summer, everyone has a role in maintaining the river as a special place for the next generation.

  • The Guadalupe River is 230 miles long. The river begins in Kerr County, just west of Kerrville, and flows through New Braunfels on its way to the San Antonio Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. 
  • The Guadalupe River is very popular for water recreation activities such as tubing, kayaking, fishing and swimming. 
  • The flow in the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels is regulated by releases from the Canyon Lake Dam which is located approx. 16 miles upstream of New Braunfels. 
  • The Guadalupe River is susceptible to flooding and water levels and currents can increase rapidly during and following rain events. Always know your ability and use caution when entering the river. 
  • The flow in the Guadalupe River is also susceptible to droughts. Flow in the river can decrease substantially during prolonged dry periods. Use caution when entering the river. The deep swimming hole that you jumped into in the Spring may be much shallower in the Fall. 
  • The Comal River flows into the Guadalupe River approximately ½ mile downstream of Cypress Bend Park.
  • The Guadalupe River is the primary water supply for the city of New Braunfels. 

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The City of New Braunfels passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of disposable containers on the rivers inside of the city limits. It is the goal of the city to preserve the rivers for the future enjoyment of all. With an annual litter collection of over 30,000 lbs from the rivers, the city knew measures had to be taken to reduce the amount of single use containers polluting the waters each year. Since the implementation of the ban on disposable containers, litter collection has been reduced by 41%

Dos Rios Watershed Clean-ups 

Each summer more than 2,500 lbs. of trash is collected by volunteers at one clean-up event. dos rios challenge logo Opens in new window

For 2020, the Dos Rios Watershed Clean-up is going to be a little different than the clean-ups of previous years. The City of New Braunfels is hosting a month-long watershed clean-up challenge where participants can choose their own clean-up locations and attempt to collect as much trash as they can pick up in a month. We hope this can be a fun way to get out of the house, bond with your family and friends, and help keep our beautiful waterways clean and clear of trash.

Help keep the Guadalupe River clean and free from debris. Secure your belongings when tubing, do not bring disposable containers onto the river and make sure trash goes in bins while enjoying the parks. Please do your part to reduce what is left behind. 

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More ways to help

  • Protect native plant and wildlife! Get in and out of the river only at designated river access parks.
  • Help keep our river clean. Secure your gear to avoid losing personal items and do not bring disposable containers in the river.
  • Do not feed the wildlife.