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islandplace
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posted August 28, 2008 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for islandplace     Edit/Delete Message
Coming back down next week. How is the Blanco doing? Enough water for a leisurely tube? We are staying near Pioneer Town.
Thanks for any comments.

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Zac
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posted August 29, 2008 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Zac     Edit/Delete Message
It's very very dry. If you don't mind walking part of it, carrying your tubes down the middle of the river, and bumping your bottom on the bottom in many places, no problem. It's only a trickle in many places you can see from River Road but still a nice view. Sad when you know what it should look like, though.

I remember one float trip we planned with out of town guests a few years ago when it was not as dry as this. A 2-hour float became an 8-hour survival experience. Those poor people never wanted to float again. Oh well, live and learn.

I recommend a plan B in case it turns out to be not so much fun, maybe a good book and a lounge chair on the bank?

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islandplace
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posted August 29, 2008 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for islandplace     Edit/Delete Message
Hmmm. Well any advice on another river. We have rented a house and several friends are coming down who have never tubed and are definitely planning on it. What about Cypress Creek? Any water? I do need a plan B but hope I can focus that plan around water. New Braunfels? Guadalupe?

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ramblinrose
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posted August 29, 2008 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ramblinrose     Edit/Delete Message
Sure can understand your desire to float the river. This time of year, and current flow, it's pretty tough...If you're set on toobing, your best bet locally is the San Marcos, or possibly the Guadalupe. Of the two, I'd choose the San Marcos through town. It's less crowded, more serene. If you want to people watch, go to the Guadalupe, from first Crossing to the last Rockin' R takeout. It's nice, but expect the masses to be joining you. If you want to make an informed decision about any river, anywhere, go to the USGS site to learn the current flow, average historic flow for date, and gauge height.
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/current/?type=flow
Our taxes pay for this wonderful service, might as well use it. I'd also suggest looking up local paddling clubs to learn more about any river you plan to explore. Enjoy!

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Reddog
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posted September 03, 2008 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Reddog     Edit/Delete Message
San Marcos river, unless you want to be in a log jam of drunks.

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greeneyedcpl
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posted September 09, 2008 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for greeneyedcpl     Edit/Delete Message
As with the San Marcos River, you will have college kids partying, but the river is nice and cold, and you have many options of drop off points and pick up points, also search other Guadelupe River rafting sites, the one I mentioned is my favorite, although it cuts out the "horse shoe" which is pretty much the most congested part of the river! Good luck!

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