Guadalupe River Parks
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.
503 Peace Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Activities (No lifeguards on duty)
- Access to the Guadalupe River
- Pavilion available for reservation
- Large open area
- Last public tubing access for the Guadalupe River.
- No personal grills may be used in the park
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.
River Acres Park
River Acres Park is a small one-acre neighborhood park along the Guadalupe River, just past the Common St. bridge.
501 Fair Lane
New Braunfels, TX 78130
- Access to Guadalupe River
- Open space
- No personal grills may be used in the park
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Guadalupe River Rules & Regulations
- 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
River Access Parks Rules & Regulations
The following are prohibited:
- Glass containers
- Individual portable (personal) grills
- Tents and hammocks
- Items staked into the ground
- Ground fires
- Use of metal detector in city parks and wildlife preserves
- Use of firearms, air-guns, slingshots, bows & arrows, or gigs
- Loud music, excessive noise, and disturbing conduct
- Camping or overnight lodging
- Use of tobacco products on or within 50 feet of any outdoor city-owned playground, or playground equipment located within the city limits of the city.
- Nails or staples are not allowed to secure decorations. No additional signage is allowed to advertise your picnic and you are responsible for total cleanup of picnic areas.
- Cutting, destroying, or removing vegetation, trees, and deadwood without permission from park officials.
- Feeding wildlife
- Reservations are required for all group picnic areas and pavilions.
- The consumption of alcoholic beverages or the possession of an open alcohol container in city owned parks is prohibited by city ordinance.
- Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only.
- Pets must be on a leash at all times.
- Only freestanding canopies without bottoms are permitted for use.
- Skateboarding, in-line skating, or roller skating is permitted on sidewalks only. Walkers have the right-or-way on multipurpose trails.
- Volleyball and horseshoes are permitted only in designated areas.
- Wading and swimming permitted only in designated areas.
- Nature trails are for pedestrian use only. Bicycles, motorcycles, vehicles, etc. are prohibited (except Dry Comal Trail).
- No person may operate a motor vehicle at any park facility or wildlife preserve, except upon roads, driveways, parking areas, and areas designated open to motor vehicles except as authorized by the department.
- Advertising, selling of goods, products, or services by authorized park concessionaires only.
- No person may use an area or facility for any purpose contrary to its designated purpose. Facility users may not exceed the maximum limit of people established for a facility.
- Fishing is allowed only with a regular rod and reel. Net fishing is not permitted in environmentally sensitive areas. A state fishing license and freshwater fishing stamp are required per Texas Parks and Wildlife regulations.
- All habitat and wildlife are protected.
- All sites, objects, buildings, artifacts, implements, and locations of historical, archaeological, geologic, scientific or educational interest of every character located in, on or under the surface of any park facility and wildlife preserve are protected.
- Public or private instruction is not allowed within the boundaries of any city park without prior permission and a current contract or agreement on file with the Parks & Recreation Department.
View the current flow rate.
Flow Rate & River Status
100-500 cfs - Recreational flow - all recreation activities are available
500-750 cfs - All activities are available - caution to swimmers; life jacket required for all persons under 8.
750-1000 cfs - Tubing questionable - use extreme caution; life jacket required for all.
1000-3000 cfs - No tubing - raft and kayak trips only
3000+ cfs - Guided trips only - check with local river outfitters for their policies.
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