AUSTIN (KXAN) - While tubing on the Colorado River in east Austin might sound unusual for some, this recreational activity has picked up steam this summer thanks to a commercial business offering tube rentals.
Due to the influx of visitors and possible public safety concerns, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday night listened to recommendations to possibly ban inflatable flotation devices along the portion of the Colorado River from Longhorn Dam to U.S. Highway 183.
Currently, city code allows for a business to rent out boats designed for recreational rowing but doesn't mention anything regarding the use of inner tubes on the river.
In the presentation, the board looked at possible safety concerns involving the fluctuating water levels triggered by the dam. The agency says the Lower Colorado River Authority can release water at any time --without the public's knowledge -- which could lead to dangerous conditions for tubers.
At the meeting, the board looked at prohibiting the use of tubes and even a penalty for people who violate the rules. The City does have the power to regulate use on this portion of the Colorado River.
After reviewing the recommendations, the board said they needed more information before any kind of decision could be made. The board is asking for a comprehensive report on all recreational activity on that section of the river.
The board will bring up the item again next month.
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