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Guadalupe River

Basics
Location:
New Braunfels
Class:
Class I-III; Typically Class I
Suitability:
Canoe
River Length
22 miles

Description

The Guadalupe River runs from Kerr County, Texas to San Antonio Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. The river is a popular destination for rafters and canoers. Larger cities along the river include New Braunfels, Kerrville, Seguin, Gonzales, Cuero, and Victoria. The Guadalupe has several dams along its length, the most notable of which forms Canyon Lake northwest of New Braunfels.

Take a rafting trip down from Canyon Dam for an excellent intermediate run. This river has a bracing swiftness, but not so swift that you can't watch the scenery and watch for wildlife among the trees and bushes.

River Details

Class:
Class I-III; Typically Class I
Suitability:
Canoe
River Length
22 miles
Nearest Town
New Braunfels
Guides Available?
No
Additional Details
The upper river, in the Texas Hill Country, is a smaller, faster stream with limestone banks and shaded by pecan and bald cypress trees. It is formed by two main tributary forks, the North Fork and South Fork Guadalupe Rivers.

The upper Guadalupe is popular as a tubing destination where recreational users often float down the river on inflated tire inner tubes during the spring and summer months. East of Boerne, on the border of Kendall County and Comal County, the river flows through Guadalupe River State Park, one of the more popular tubing areas along the river.

The lower river begins at the outlet of Canyon Lake, near New Braunfels. The section between Canyon Dam and New Braunfels is the most heavily used in terms of recreation. It is a popular destination for whitewater rafters, canoeists and kayakers. The flow varies according to the seasons, and by the amount of rainfall the area has received. It is joined by the Comal River in New Braunfels and the San Marcos River about two miles west of Gonzales. The Guadalupe below the San Marcos River is part of the course for the Texas Water Safari.

The San Antonio River flows into the Guadalupe River near the Gulf of Mexico. In San Antonio Bay the Guadalupe River forms a delta and splits into two distributaries, called the North Guadalupe River and the South Guadalupe River.

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