River Operations

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Overview

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 Comal Springs.  With approximately a quarter million river users each summer, everyone has a role in maintaining the Comal Springs and River as a special place for the next generation.

  • The Comal and Guadalupe Rivers are two natural waterways that flow through New Braunfels, TX. 
  • At approx. 2.5 miles long, the Comal River is the shortest navigable river in Texas. The Comal River begins at the Comal Springs that issue from the Edwards Aquifer.
  • The Comal River system is home to several federally-listed endangered species. The Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP) is a regional effort to protect endangered species habitat and includes measures to protect springflow and restore habitat.
  • The City and local project partners are currently taking action to preserve and protect the quality of the Dry Comal Creek and Comal River through the implementation of a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP).

River Flow

See the latest River Flow for the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers in and around New Braunfels, courtesy of the Comal County Engineer's Office:  Real Time River Flow Info

Get Involved

Help the City of New Braunfels preserve and protect our local waterways! Get in and out of the river only at designated river access parks and do not get in the water near the Comal Springs in Landa Park. This helps prevent ecological damage to native and protected plant and wildlife species. Secure your gear to avoid losing personal items in the water and do not bring disposable containers in the river! And please remember: Do not feed the wildlife! Here are some ways you can get involved in keeping our rivers clean!

  1. Dos Rios River Clean-Up
  2. River Advisory Committee

2019 Dos Rios Watershed Clean-upDos Rios River Clean-up

For 2023, 288 volunteers participated in the 7th annual event and removed 1,120 pounds of trash from our local riparian areas and waterways. Participants chose their own cleanup locations and helped to collect as much litter as possible within our local watersheds. “We believe the 2022 Dos Rios Watershed Cleanup event was a huge success in helping to minimize the amount of litter that is found within our local watersheds and waterways. There was an extraordinary level of participation in the event from individuals, families and civic organizations, all who helped to preserve and protect our local rivers and creeks.” said New Braunfels Watershed Supervisor Phillip Quast. Help keep the Comal 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.  Learn More About the Dos Rios River Clean-up Event

Floating went green in 2018!

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 Comal Springs 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%

River Rules 2020

Resources

  1. Contact Info
  2. For Outfitters
Parks & Recreation Administrative Office
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
830-221-4350
parks@newbraunfels.gov
River Information
Resident River Pass and Resident River Parking Pass
New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
830-625-2385
tubeinnewbraunfels.com
River Information
Accommodations
River Outfitter Information
Park Rangers
830-837-0048
830-481-0625 (Parking)
On-Site Assistance
Parks & Recreations Operations
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
830-221-4367
parks@newbraunfels.gov
Lost & Found
River Operations Manager
Amy Niles
830-221-4628
aniles@newbraunfels.gov
River Operations/Relations

ParkMobile
Download the ParkMobile App
Problems with ParkMobile?
(877) 727-5457
Paid Parking Information


911Emergency
New Braunfels Police Department
830-221-4100
Non-Emergency