As a self-proclaimed River Rat myself, there is no better 'reopening news' than learning our great Texas rivers and parks are reopening for water activity like tubing, canoeing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. As our COVID numbers in Texas continue to decline more opportunities for outdoor activities like tubing will continue to open beginning with our parks and rivers.

Did you know Texas boasts 40,000 miles of waterways? Check out this awesome drawing of Texas's rivers from Geology.com in blue above. We really are one GIANT waterpark! Yep, it's time to get back in the water river rats!

San Marcus announced on their city page that " The City of San Marcos will reopen all public facilities, riverfront parks, neighborhood park playgrounds, athletic complexes, tennis and basketball courts on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 a.m."

Which means next weekend you could likely tube the river as long as you bring your own tubes and practice social distancing.

The City of New Braunfels offers " The reopening of river parks include along the Comal River and Guadalupe River include Prince Solms Park, Hinman Island, River Acres Park, and Cypress Bend Park" are now open following social distancing guidelines.

New Braunsfels just opened the "Last Public Exit" on the Comal River, which allows the general public to legally exit the Comal River for full-length float trips from Texas Tubes although all tubers must bring their own tubes at this time.

Of course, the Frio River is a Texas favorite as well and open. Check out this great video provided by Gatewood Brown. Full disclosure; if you watch this video you'll want to go kayaking in the Frio TODAY.

As the weekends get cooler, now is the time to book your reservations for camping and river activities. We just hope you'll be good stewards of the nature around us and still practice all of the safety precautions so Texas can keep reopening its great parks and rivers!

Just for fun, Texas Tubes offers a LIVE CAM along the Comal River Exit in case you want to watch the river activity from the safety of your living room or you're just tracking Sasquatch. No seriously, Bigfoot might very well be from Texas, check out the link below. We can't even make it up!

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Be sure to bring your camera, you never know what kind of nature photographs you can capture like some of these below.