If you haven’t had the opportunity to float one of Texas’ rivers before, here’s your chance. We’ve compiled a list of the BEST river trips in Texas so you can sit back, relax and crack open a cold one. From party floats and fishing floats to kid-friendly floats, Texas has it all!
Columbus – Float the Colorado
The lower Colorado River that runs through Columbus, Texas encompasses a variety of activities such as tubing, rafting, kayaking and fishing. The trail runs a length of about six and a half miles around the city, taking anywhere between two to five hours to complete, depending on the water levels and flow rates. With a calmer demeanor than some of the busier rivers you can explore the surrounding wildlife and catch some rays!
Glen Rose – Float the Brazos
Stretching nearly 820 miles in length the Brazos River is scenic and slow-moving with very few rapids. There are multiple locations on the river where recreational tubing is encouraged; floating near Possum Kingdom Lake provides the best views and Glen Rose has a more central location for tubers, either way you’ll have a river trip to remember!
New Braunfels – Float the Comal
Measuring just 2.5 miles long, the Comal is the smallest river in Texas. The slow and easy waters are spring fed giving it a 72 degree temperature on average. The tube chute is the only rough water you’ll face on this river making it a great place to bring the entire family.
New Braunfels – Float the Guadalupe
If you’re looking for a party you’ll find it floating on the Guadalupe river. With so many rivers to choose from in Texas, Guadalupe is the most popular river to float. So if you’re okay with crowds and looking for fun, this is the river for you. More intense than the other central Texas rivers, expect rapids, boulders and tube chutes. Where to tube on the Guadalupe:
The Horseshoe – A loop on the upper Guadalupe, minimum float time is 1 hour
Near Gruene – Several sets of small rapids, and one of the few places you can tube if the water level is low.
San Marcos – Float the San Marcos
Allegedly, water from the spring-fed San Marcos river is ten times cleaner than EPA standards for drinking water (but we still recommend bringing your own bottled variety). At a constant 72 degrees, the river can be used year-round! The typical float is one mile, and you can tube right through part of the Texas State campus and downtown San Marcos. Less crowded than the Comal, you’ll always enjoy this float.