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  • Tubing and Camping at the Guadalupe River in Texas

    The Guadalupe River is an 87-mile, spring-fed river in Texas that offers everything from calm waters for tubers to Class III rapids and waterfalls. The Upper Guadalupe River from Comfort to Bergheim is 42 miles long and is generally the best for flat water and tubing.
    Tubing and Camping at the Guadalupe River in Texas

    River Access

    There are several access points along the river east of Comfort, Texas. The River Bend Crossing put-in is 4 miles east of Comfort off FM Road 473. The South River Bend Road put-in/out is approximately 3.8 miles downriver. The Waring Welfare Road crossing is 6 miles downriver, and Zoeller Lane is a good put-in/out at the 8-mile mark. The crossing at FM Road 474, north of Boerne, is 25 miles downriver, and the crossing at FM Road 3351 north of Bergheim is at the 40-mile mark.



    The Bergheim Campground is on FM Road 3351 north of Bergheim. Its facilities include recreational-vehicle and primitive camping, bathrooms and showers. It rents kayaks, canoes and tubes, and offers shuttle service and guided river trips.

    Guadalupe River State Park is just downriver from Bergheim, and has 4 miles of river frontage and convenient access to the river. There are 94 campsites for RV or tent camping. Facilities include restrooms, showers, a park store and 3 miles of hiking trails.


    The Guadalupe River is prone to flash flooding and high water. Flood debris, low-water bridges and other hazards can make the river very dangerous to inexperienced tubers or paddlers. There are several "blind" turns on the river, and these hazards will not be visible from the river access points. When necessary, scout the area ahead when approaching an unfamiliar river bend.

    Article Written By Eric Duncan

    Eric Duncan is a military veteran and a professional in the safety, travel and aviation industries. Duncan has been writing since 2002 for magazines, newspapers, local business literature and on such websites as He has earned his Bachelor of Science in professional aeronautics and his Master of Business Administration.

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