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Old 07-18-2008, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park
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I lived in San Marcos for 2 1/2 years but never once tubed that river. We have friends who have invited us to go tubing at the San Marcos River tomorrow. They plan to take their 6 year old and were thinking both boys could tube with life jackets. They were told by the tubing outfit (Lions) that the river is really slow due to the drought and they are sending off 2 year olds.

If you've tubed the San Marcos (when it's NOT high), how many rapids are there? The only one I know about is the chute where the River Pub is but I've seen people get out before it.

TIA!
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:31 AM
 
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I wouldn't, I think there are parts that are too dangerous. Why risk it?
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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IT is not just a danger aspect, I think most 5 y/o s would get bored long before the end of your ride. Not to mention the smoking, drinking, obnoxious crowd that MIGHT be around you (not always, but if they are near you, it can be really annoying).
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Old 07-18-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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No.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:41 AM
 
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No, I wouldn't. There are a couple of tricky falls, and in dealing with nature there are all kinds of unexpected things that can pop up. I would go for $chlitterbaun, pricier than tubing , of course, but safer for a little one.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park
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Thanks for the replies!

I didn't realize the river was dangerous... AustinTexan- can you elaborate on the parts that are dangerious? Not for my 5 year old but more myself....

Trainwreck, you might be right about the long float. He would get bored and would want to jump in and out of the tube constantly.
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Definitely not.
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Driftwood TX
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Well I did it, and wouldnt do it again.. My guy swims pretty well and had a very good life vest for backup but he did get scared a few times..
The most surprising thing were the girls (student age) giving the little guy "an education" ( flashing, etc )
Dont get me wrong, I could care less be he's a bit young to see that..
They say the guadalupe is worse for it..
Cheers
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park
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We've talked with the Lions Club twice today (2 different people) and have been told the only rapid is the one at the end of the float where we can get out and walk to avoid it. Both said the river is flowing smoothly.

We were planning to go at 10:00am for a one hour float, before the students are awake. .

Still, not 100% if the little guy will be tubing. My hubby won't be tubing so he can always hang with Dad at the park for an hour.
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Driftwood TX
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Oops! I was in a hurry when I answered before.. I didnt realise you meant "THE" san marcos river! I thought you meant IN San Marcos. I wentr with friends and cant remember exactly where we put in, but it was definately more party oriented than the San Marcos with the lions club, I dont think that would be a problem at all...I havent done it, but yeah, its flat water till the end..
Hope this helps
Cheers
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