Things To Do On The Guadalupe River

Did you know? There’s more than just the San Marcos River to have some water-based fun. At just 23 miles north, San Marcos River Resort is the perfect home base for your time on the Guadalupe River, whether it is adventure or relaxation you seek.

There’s something to suit everyone when it comes to this river! From floating and kayaking to fishing and more. Floating the Guadalupe River is one of the most beloved activities in Texas, particularly during summer. It offers an opportunity to unwind and escape with some calming time on the water.


River Tubing

River tubing has been a beloved summer pastime of Texans for decades. It offers an easy-going way to beat the heat while being affordable enough for families or groups of friends to enjoy together.

Top-notch outfitters across Texas offer tube rentals and air-conditioned shuttles to key access points along the river. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a swimsuit cover-up for protection against UV rays.

Once you feel ready to try your luck at tubing, SHANTY RIVER CENTER is the perfect destination. They provide a sturdy tube and shuttle to get you to your desired access point. Plus, they host tubing parties for those seeking something extra exciting!

The Horseshoe Loop is the most popular float along the Guadalupe River and takes approximately two hours to complete. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you float by on this picturesque journey that will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime!


River Rafting

River rafting is an opportunity to connect with nature and take in the stunning sights of the Lone Star State.

Rafting is a must in New Braunfels, Texas – situated along the scenic Guadalupe River. This spring-fed river stays cool year-round with temperatures ranging from 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

For thrill-seekers, the Guadalupe River offers sections of Class III rapids for whitewater kayakers. Plus, its spring-fed waters remain cool during Central Texas’ hot summers. River rafting trips and rentals in the area can be found from many outfitters. When planning your adventure, be sure to consider the weather forecast in advance.



Kayaking is a beloved water sport in Texas, offering various lakes and rivers for any skill level. It’s also an excellent way to connect with nature and take in the stunning views that our state has to offer.

The Guadalupe River is one of the premier Texas waterways for kayaking, offering long stretches of calm water ideal for relaxing floats during the warmer months. With so many kayakers and tubers of all abilities taking advantage of this resource, the river has become a must-visit destination in Texas’ stunning Hill Country region.



The Guadalupe River near New Braunfels is one of the premier trout rivers in the state. With its cool winter water temperatures, tens of thousands of trout make it their home each year. Fishing for trout is best during the fall and winter months when TPWD and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited stock the river with trout during these months.

If you’re looking to target trout, bass or another species, guided fishing trips are the perfect solution. Plus, with professional guidance, you can learn fly-fishing or other fishing techniques as well.



Swimming in Texas is a great way to stay cool, especially when visiting one of the many stunning natural swimming holes along the Guadalupe River. Here you’ll find emerald-green waters shaded by towering cypress trees – ideal for wading, taking a picnic or simply lazing around in the sun.


GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK is a beloved destination for swimming, fishing, camping, kayaking and tubing. With four miles of river frontage to enjoy during your free time, this is an ideal spot to spend the day.

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