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5 Rivers to float in Texas

1. San Marcos River- 

The San Marcos river is located about 30 miles south of Austin, Texas and is one of our favorite spots. The crystal clear water originates from the Edward Aquifer and starts at the San Marcos spring. The float trip is about 3-4 hours and the water temperature is a crisp 72 degrees F all year long. During the hot summers, this is a must do to beat the heat.


The river is a popular recreational area and is frequented for tubingcanoeingswimming, and fishing. Every year, the Texas Water Safari hosts a 24 hour human powered canoe race all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Thats 260! Since1963, this race has been a major event for San Marcos.


2. Comal River 

The Comal River is the shortest navigable river in Texas. It's probably the most visited river float due to its refreshing spring water and location. The Comal river runs entirely within the city limits of New Braunfels and passes right along Schlitterbahn Water Park. The river water is  72 degrees Fahrenheit and comes from the comal spring. The float lasts about 2 hours and you can always take the shuttle back up to the top for another run. The river is also one of only two rivers to host the fountain darter, a fish now in danger of extinction.

3. Guadalupe River 

Guadalupe River is one of the most popular destinations for river floating in Texas. It's located in the scenic Texas Hill Country, and the crystal-clear water is perfect for swimming and tubing. The most popular stretch of the river for floating is from the Canyon Lake Dam to the town of Gruene, which is about 5 miles long. There are plenty of outfitters in the area that rent tubes and provide shuttle service back to your car.

4. Frio River

The Frio River is about 100 miles West of San Antonio, Texas and is located in the hill country. It runs near a small town named Leakey and is known for having one post office and the Frio river. The name frio refers to its cold water, which also spring fed. Texas, being subtropical has tons of watering holes fed by the aquifer and springs. Who'd ever thought! 

5. Blanco River

The Blanco River is a beautiful river where you can spend some time relaxing on the water and enjoying the scenery. The easiest way to access the river for tubing is by heading to Blanco State Park. If you don’t have your own, you can rent tubes from the park store. In addition to tubing, Blanco State Park offers fishing, swimming, hiking, and great spots for picnics.

Before you head out to float the river, there are a few things you should know. First, always use your safety judgement when floating. Second, bring plenty of sunscreen and water to stay hydrated. Third, don't litter - pack out everything you bring with you. And finally, be aware of the weather conditions - if there's a chance of thunderstorms, it's best to postpone your float.

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