Austinites can now Tube or Float in Austin on the Colorado River
by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News June 17th 2013
AUSTIN, TX — Austinites no longer have to make the trek to the San Marcos, Comal or Guadalupe Rivers to tube or float for fun.
Free-flowing water can be found in the Colorado River in Southeast Austin. It’s tucked between the city’s Roy Guerrero Park in the north, a small business district and the Colorado Wildlife Sanctuary in the south.
With the exception of the occasional airplane sighting, this is a serene patch of the river. This is virtually untouched by man and unheard of by most Austinites.
In addition to water sports, you can go fishing. This past Memorial Day, the Walkers started East Side Tubes, offering one-mile tube float rides down the river.
As news of this secret stretch of river gets out, the challenge becomes preserving this clear, pristine flow of water. But it’s something Dan Walker, owner of Moc Kayaks and East Side Tubes, says he’s already doing.
“We’ve had to take our own resources, we work with Keep Austin Beautiful, which is a great organization, and we hold river clean ups about once a month, which is a pretty large scale one and we keep this river clean,” said Dan Walker.
Walker even offers incentives for customers who bring in trash they see on the river. He’s trying to ensure that as the secret gets out, the river remains the same.
WILL YOU TUBE OR FLOAT THE COLORADO RIVER AT AUSTIN OR DO YOU PREFER THE GUADALUPE RIVER IN COMAL COUNTY?
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE TUBING RIVER?
East Side Tubes is located just off East Cesar Chavez and five minutes from 6th Street. RESERVE your spot now by choosing either All Day Tubing with Unlimited shuttle service ($25) or float it once and take your time ($15). Click either link to book your tubing trip in Austin !
HAVE FUN! Remember NO GLASS or polystyrene coolers! Keep the Colorado Clean!