Due to reduced water depth, and subsequent water clarity issues on the Comal River, the City of New Braunfels has opted to cease lifeguard operations at the City Tube Chute beginning Monday, August 14th, 2023. This is approximately three weeks earlier than lifeguard operations would usually cease at the end of the summer tourism season. The City Tube Chute often operates without lifeguards, in particular during the weeks before and after the normal summer tourism season.
“The safety of our staff is always paramount,” said New Braunfels City Manager Robert Camareno. “From exposed rocks and water clarity issues due to stirred up sediment, the lower water levels have made it difficult for our lifeguards to perform their duties safely.”
City of New Braunfels parks that offer river access, including the City Tube Chute, will remain open. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to use life jackets. Free life jackets are available for the public at Hinman Island. Those entering the water should remember that the Comal River is a natural waterway with natural hazards including submerged debris (like rocks and tree branches) and is susceptible to further impacts from weather and other factors.