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The Backyard River of New Braunfels: The Good ol' Guad
No longer clogged with summer tubers, the Guadalupe River offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and fishing in the winter months. The Guadalupe starts three quarters of a mile east of Hunt, Texas, up in Kerr County. One could paddle and/or fish on excellent stretches of the river from there to the San Antonio bay when the water levels are good, but an obvious stretch to enjoy for the Comal County citizen would be to choose a section of the 23 miles of river that flows from Canyon Lake to New Braunfels.
The conduit from the bottom of Canyon Lake spews out the lifeblood of the Guadalupe River for this section. Output of the water is gauged in cubic feet per second (cfs), and it's good to be aware of what the cfs of a river is on any given day you paddle as obviously that will make a big difference in your trip. A good reference for understanding cfs rates in this area can be found on the Canyon Lake Guide website at canyonlakeguide.com.
This month the cfs on Comal County’s section of the Guadalupe is pretty slow (45-65), but the good news is you can probably stay pretty dry if you are in a kayak on the water or are fishing while wearing the right gear.
Rio Raft Resort, at the fourth crossing in Sattler, is open every day of the year except Christmas and New Year's Day. They rent inflatable kayaks, river running, and fishing kayaks. They also offer shuttles and are located on a great fishing spot.
The resort offers shuttles to the two places where Comal County’s section of Guadalupe River has the most water: the 3 mile stretch from Sattler's FM 306 to the resort and the 3.5-4 mile stretch from Rio Raft Resort to the Lazy L and L Campground. Rio Raft can also connect you with some excellent fishing guides in the area who can show you where to catch all the good fish. Rumor has it that Rio Raft is holding a trout festival in February.
Stay tuned next time for details on getting on one of Texas' spring fed white-water rivers - warm and ripe for swimming - within just 20 minutes of New Braunfels.
Karla Held is a kayak instructor and guide and is also available for private instruction. She specializes in teaching beginners, women and children. She can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.