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  • Toobin the Comal River - Float in New Braunfels, TX 2016

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    We float the entire Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas. We go down the world famous Tube Chute and enjoy the clear blue water.

    People bring beer, music and a lot of activity down on the river. You can rent tubes from local outfitters like Rockin R River Rides, Comal Tubes or Texas Tubes.

    FAQ:
    - Can you drink on the river? Yes. No glass or styrofoam.

    - What's the difference between this river and the Guadalupe? The Guadalupe river float is longer. It takes about 1-2 hours to float the Comal depending on the number of people. The Guadalupe river can take up to 4 hours! (Bring LOTS of water for a Guadalupe trip.) With the Comal you can float, get something to eat and float again.
    The Guadalupe River can be more intense depending on the time of year. Sometimes, the Guadalupe can run so low you have to get out of your tube and walk. Not so with the Comal river.

    - What's the difference between this river and the San Marcos River? Both rivers are fed from the same aquifer. This river has the famous tube chute that you can get out and do as many times as you like. The San Marcos river is pretty much a leisure, slow float until you get to the end where there is a small dam.

    - Will I fit in a tube? Yes. Outfitters have tubes of various sizes. Some tubes have bottoms so you don't scrape your butt on rocks. Some tubes don't. You can test your tube by just putting it down on the ground and sitting in it. If it doesn't feel deep enough, ask for another.

    - What is the phone number? There are several outfitters along the river. Here's a Google link that should list them. https://www.google.com/webh......

    - Is it always this crowded? Depends on the day you go. Weekends in the summer are packed. Weekdays not so much. Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day you can expect there to be a throng of people on the river.

    - What camera/accessories did you use? I used a GoPro Hero 4 Silver. I had in a its waterbox housing, naturally. I used a GoPro Jaws: Flex Clamp and clamped it to the handle of my tube. If my tube didn't have a handle, I was going to clamp it to the straps that hold the bottom to the tube.

    - Are there any alligators in the river? No. But because it is a natural river, there is wildlife. It's not unusual to encounter a snake. However, with a big group of noisy people, it will be seeking shelter. You might see ducks.




    There are SCUBA divers who routinely practice their diving skills. So, if you see something big moving under the water, it's probably a diver. https://www.youtube.com/wat......

    Interesting Note: I have encountered members of various swift water rescue teams there who practice working in fast moving water. They will go down the tube chute and you, the floater, are the "debris."

    - Is the river cold? The river is approximately 72 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 22 degrees Celsius) year round.

    - Can I take anything down the river? No. There are some flotation devices that are too big for certain areas like the tube chute. The New Braunfels City ordinances can be found here: https://www.municode.com/li......

    - Do I have to go over through the tube chute? No. You can exit before you reach the tube chute, walk across the dam and put in on the otherside.

    - How deep is the river? The slow areas are deeper than the shallow areas. If I had to guess it is at the most 10-15 feet deep in the slow areas. Other areas it is shallow and you can see the rocks on the bottom.

    https://youtu.be/xMjvzempH6... - Getting into the river.
    https://youtu.be/xMjvzempH6... - The first tube chute.
    https://youtu.be/xMjvzempH6... - Second tube chute.
    https://youtu.be/xMjvzempH6... - Last public exit. Show less
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