Plan Your Trip
The Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) is located just outside the city limits of New Braunfels, Texas in the unincorporated area of Comal County. With neighborhood cities such as San Antonio, Austin, and San Marcos, WORD is the perfect area to enjoy the Hill Country’s natural resources.
Your Visitor Checklist
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What part of the Guadalupe River does the disposable container ban law apply?
A. The Disposable Container Ban (Can Ban) law applies to the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers inside New Braunfels City limits. This law DOES NOT apply to the part of the 30 miles of Guadalupe River inside the Water Oriented Recreation District.
Q. Where is the Guadalupe boundary for river laws in the City of New Braunfels?
A. On the Guadalupe River, the City of New Braunfels water laws begin at Gruene Bridge.
Q. What laws apply to the Guadalupe River in Canyon Lake?
A. The following laws apply to the Guadalupe River in the unincorporated areas of Comal County.
NO: glass or foam products, plastic containers 5oz or less, littering, or trespassing. WORD ORDINANCES ARE SUBJECT TO A $500 FINE.
Q. How long are the float trips on the river and where do I rent a tube or kayak?
A. Contact an outfitter for more detailed information about float trips. For a list of outfitters in the area, go to Visitor’s Guide.
Q. Is the river high enough that I won’t have to walk?
A. This depends on the stretch of river you choose to float. Even during low flow periods, there are sections of the Guadalupe that are deep enough to float without walking. Contact an outfitter for more detailed information about float trips.
Q. Where are parks located around the lake?
A. Most parks around the lake are owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Contact the Corps for a complete list of parks.
Q. How do I find out which ramps are open and closed?
A. Each of the ramps close at different water levels. View and print a map of the boat ramps and closing elevations.
Q. What is the WORD District?
A. WORD was created by the Texas Legislature in 1987 to collect fees from people that visit the area. The district includes most of the unincorporated portions of Comal County including 30+ miles of the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake. See more information about WORD.
Learn Our Water Laws
YOUR SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US! Please follow all water laws and safety advice while utilizing our waterways.
CREDIT: WORD of Comal County River Rules from Iniosante.
Questions? Ask Us
You can reach us by email, phone, regular mail, or use this form.
P.O. Box 2789 Canyon Lake, TX 78133
1928 FM 2673 Canyon Lake, TX 78133