At the Kyle Law Firm we love our Texas lakes and waterways, particularly in the summer when they provide a cool, refreshing escape from the heat. As New Braunfels lawyers, we’re also big fans of the local businesses that waterways generate and would like to do our part to clear up some confusion about tubing on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers in New Braunfels. Recently, tourism has been down in New Braunfels due to the misconception that alcohol is banned on the rivers.
So let’s start with the basics.
Is alcohol allowed on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers?
Yes! The “can ban” approved last fall by voters in New Braunfels only restricts the use of disposable containers. Within the city limits of New Braunfels you cannot bring glass, styrofoam or plastic containers 5oz or less. You can bring all the non-disposable containers you want filled with all the alcohol you want. Non-disposable containers include thermoses, coolers, water bottles, Camelbaks and kegs. Yes, that’s right, kegs are allowed on the river as long as you’re using them to fill up other non-disposable containers.
Are disposable containers prohibited outside of New Braunfels?
No. Outside of the New Braunfels city limits disposable containers are legal. It’s only once you get into New Braunfels that you need to throw away your cans and plastic cups.
How do I get alcoholic beverages to the rivers? Isn’t alcohol banned in some city parks?
Alcohol is banned in some city parks. However, if you’ve already filled up your non-disposable containers with alcohol and are simply trekking across the park to the river, that’s fine. Just don’t have the alcohol out along the river banks.
Can I litter in the rivers?
No. This isn’t a new rule either. Littering is illegal everywhere in Texas, not just New Braunfels and not just on the rivers. Basic rule of thumb: Don’t Mess With Texas. Or maybe we could say don’t mess with Nolan Ryan. Check out the New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau video below featuring the hall of fame pitcher:
In conclusion, nothing has changed about the New Braunfels waterways except that disposable containers are now illegal. So come on out, join the fun and support local businesses. And, as always, remember to enjoy alcohol responsibly. When you’re done floating the river, we’d prefer to see you ride home in your own car than in a police cruiser.