Learn Our Water Laws

The Law says:

  • No foam products on the water
  • No glass products on the water
  • Possession of open plastic containers of 5 oz. or less is prohibited on the water
  • Observe no wake areas. Idle speed only
  • All children 12 & under must wear lifejackets when boating, kayaking, canoeing, or rafting
  • All boats must have the same number of life jackets as people on board
  • No trespassing on private property
  • No littering
  • Public nuisance behavior will not be tolerated

W.O.R.D. Ordinances are subject up to a $500 fine.

The river laws in the unincorporated area of Comal County (Canyon Lake) are different than the laws within the City of New Braunfels. The chart lists these differences on the Guadalupe River only.

Water Safety

YOUR SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US! Please follow all water laws and safety advice while utilizing our waterways.

  • Play sober. Alcohol and water activities do not mix
  • Know boating laws before you go out
  • Operate at a safe speed
  • Wear your life jacket
  • Watch the weather. Get out of the water during lighting storms or high winds
  • No jumping from bridges or cliffs
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times
  • Plan: Let someone know where you are. File a FLOAT plan
  • Swim only in designated areas and never swim alone. Don’t overestimate your swimming skills
  • Use designated shuttle stops and parking areas
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen, water shoes, sunglasses, and plenty of water to drink
  • Know the flows before you go. To check current river flows, CLICK HERE.

Additional water safety information:

Current Lake &
River Conditions

  • Guadalupe River @ Spring Branch (Upper): 618 cfs
  • Guadalupe River @ Sattler (Lower): 385 cfs
  • Guadalupe River @ New Braunfels:  529 cfs
  • Canyon Lake Reservoir: 910.76 ft

For more flow rates, visit the USGS website.

Upcoming Events

Mon 21
Feb 05

Flood Siren Testing

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Feb 13

Board Meeting

February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Feb 18

About Us

The purpose of W.O.R.D. is to improve the environment and welfare of the district by conserving natural resources, improving public health, promoting water safety, and operating public parks located in the district.