Upper and Lower Guadalupe River - Paddling

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The most classic river to paddle in Texas!

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Taylor Reilly


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Destination Distance From Downtown

39.9 miles


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Time To Complete

4 hours

Half to Full Day


All Seasons

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

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The Guadalupe River is one of the most classic rivers to paddle in all of Texas. Thousands of people float the river every year by raft, canoe, kayak, and tube during the hot summer months. From deep still water to fast whitewater rapids, this cold, spring-fed river will surely provide you with an exciting Texas experience. 

What Makes It Great

The upper river above Canyon Lake is small and fast-flowing, with limestone cliffs lining its banks. This section is fed by the North and South Fork, and it passes through Guadalupe River State Park, which is a great place to camp and hike. The lower section, below Canyon Lake, is wider, deeper, and where most of the recreation on the river takes place. 

The Guadalupe boasts as one of the top 100 trout fishing rivers in the United States, and the Guadalupe Bass that are unique to this river are fun to catch, because they often put up a fight. There are numerous rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing outfitters and shuttle services along the river, and many private campgrounds as well. The nearby historically German town of New Braunfels, along the river, has some really tasty restaurants, nice hotels and B&B's, and cool local shopping when you want to get away from the river life. Also, the small town of Greune, Texas has the Historic Greune Hall where you can listen to some of the top country, folk, and western acts in the country. 

Who is Going to Love It

If you want to experience true Texan culture, then the Guadalupe River and its surrounding landscape are not to be missed! The paddling is fun, the scene is lively and the landscape is gorgeous. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are many different places to access the river. Please visit the Guadalupe River tourism site for more detailed information, maps, and other info. 

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Upper and Lower Guadalupe River

Hidden Valley Sports Park Mabel Jones Dr
Canyon Lake, TX, 78133
29.8666, -98.186445

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