Join us at Texas Tubes in New Braunfels on Saturday, 8/25 for a moonlight tubing trip on the Comal River. These are usually our biggest events of the summer. We will start the cookout at 6:00 PM, and get on the river about 9:00 PM. If the sky is clear we should have a nice moon as it will be full on 8/31. Regardless, the lights of New Braunfels provide plenty of visibility if it is cloudy. We should be done by about 11:00 PM, give or take. The float usually takes a couple of hours depending on the river flow rate. After the float we will go to Phoenix Saloon. It is in downtown New Braunfels only a few blocks from Texas Tubes.
The Comal River, at about 2 1/2 miles in length, is claimed to be the shortest river in the world. It is entirely within the city limits of New Braunfels until it joins the Guadalupe River just upstream from IH 35. It has a year-round temperature of 72 degrees, and is quite comfortable on a hot Texas Summer evening.
The price is $20 in advance up until 8/22. After that and at the event the price is $25. You can mail a check made out to ACSA to 10634 Canyon River, Helotes, 78023. Or you can call me at 210-872-9949 and pay with a credit card over the phone.
Included in the price is tube rental, shuttle, dinner and a glow necklace. Texas Tubes also provides our group with free tubes for coolers. We will be serving hamburgers (and veggie burgers), hot dogs, and will have lots of chips and dips, veggie & fruit trays, etc., as well as a keg of Alamo Ale, soft drinks and water. You are also welcome to bring anything to share if you like, but it is not required. BYOB on the adult beverages other than the Alamo Ale. You may want to bring a lawn chair for the cookout. Feel free to bring extra glow necklaces, bracelets, earrings, bunny ears, etc. The more we have the more of a spectacle it is on the river. You can get the glow stuff at Party City.
Remember, no glass or styrofoam is allowed on any Texas river. There are a number of other regulations in place regarding the Comal including no disposable containers, no containers under 5 fluid ounces, no volume drinking devices like beer bongs, coolers must be no larger than 16 quarts and have a locking lid, as well as other rules. To take any beverage on the river, you must have it in a container like a bike bottle or Nalgene bottle that is designed for multiple uses. No single-use containers are allowed. To see the full list of rules regarding the Comal River see the city of New Braunfels' Water the Rules website. Jello shots are fine at Texas Tubes, but not allowed on the river.
Texas Tubes does not allow outside tubes. In other words, you must use a tube from Texas Tubes.
If you get cold easily, you might want to consider wearing some type of windbreaker. They are usually made of nylon and dry quickly. A cotton shirt will just hold water next to your skin and keep you cooler.
Wear some good river shoes in case you have to stand in the river. For sandals, they should have a heel strap. Flip-flops come off really easily in the river and are virtually useless.
Some people will be going early and doing a float at 3:30 PM. If you'd like to do the day float too, there is no extra charge.
Texas Tubes has remote parking lots that are close to Texas Tubes. They are selling wristbands there. Do NOT buy one. Be sure to wait until you get to the Adventure Club registration table at the back of the Texas Tubes property to buy your wristband. This will only apply if you are attending the day float because they don't sell wristbands to the public after 5:00 PM.
Parking can be a pain at Texas Tubes, carpooling is recommended. Recommended carpool location/time is Starbucks at The Forum at 1604 & 35. 2:45 PM for Day Float, 5:15 PM for Cookout & Night Float. There is not anyone officially leading carpooling, but if you go there meet at the tables right outside the front door of Starbucks. Be sure to only ride with someone who is planning on returning at the same time as you are. Give them gas money if you ride with someone else!
Although this is a very safe stretch of river, if you are not a strong swimmer it is recommended that you wear a life jacket. Texas Tubes provides them for free.
If you are planning on staying in New Braunfels overnight, you should make hotel or camping reservations as early as possible. A suggested place to camp is Landa RV & Campground, right next to Texas Tubes. Comal River Cottages and River Run Condos are right next to Texas Tubes as well. The historic Faust Hotel is located near Phoenix Saloon. Most places in New Braunfels do not take reservations for just one night during the summer.