If you look at many Texas Hill country tourist brochures, you’ll see much promotion of tubing. Basically it is sitting in an inflatable tube and having a lazy river take you slowly downstream while you watch the world go by. For the adult crowd, it is usually accompanied by a beer where some even take a cooler with them.
The recent flood conditions are playing havoc with this. Some municipalities such as New Braunsfels, have banned tubing on the Guadalupe River due to speed of the river where upstream water releases from Canyon Lake Dam, is needed. The slower Comal river which is spring fed, is however open but even this can be a problem. Earlier this week a woman was rescued after she missed the last public exit from the Comal and drifted into the dangerous Guadalupe river. According to the New Braunsfels Herald Zeitung report, she was in critical condition.
Further north in San Marcos, one tubing company has opened for business only to have it’s customers experience serious trouble on the Blanco River. They have since re-closed after a public backlash- see the facebook screen capture.
If you were thinking of tubing in Hill Country, think again. It is too early where the rivers are too fast.
Similarly, if you trip involves anything on other Texas rivers such as Trinity, Brazos or Colorado, think again. They are all horribly swollen.