snorkeling, and scuba diving in the crystal clear San Marcos River are
very popular recreational activities in San Marcos. Tubing, canoeing,
and kayaking are also great ways to enjoy the river, and there are
several beautiful campgrounds downstream of San Marcos.
Aquarena Center in San Marcos is a great place to stroll the grounds,
ride the glass bottom boats, see aquarium and exhibits about the San
Marcos Springs and River and endangered species. Free admission, small
fee for boat ride. See the newly remodeled historic hotel which is now
the Texas Rivers Center. Visit
Texas Water Safari is a marathon canoe race from San Marcos
to the Gulf of Mexico in June each year. It is another one of the many
reasons that people visit the San Marcos River.
For information about diving in the San Marcos river and other areas,
visit the Dive
Austin Canoe and Kayak
has a new San Marcos location, across IH 35 from the Outlet Malls. They
do sales and rentals of boats. Visit
For information about tubing in the area
see the Lions
Club Tube Rental in San Marcos.
Canoers can visit TG
Canoe Livery for information about renting canoes or finding
a guide, shuttle service, or instruction, or even canoe and kayak
Kayak instruction is available at the Power Olympic
Center in San Marcos.
San Marcos River Retreat is an alcohol-free campground located
near TG Canoe Livery, 2 miles downstream from San Marcos. Reservations
a must. This website has good general info about canoeing the river as
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The separate Pecan
RV Park is also nearby.
Spencer Canoes/Shady Grove Campground is in quiet Martindale.
They also rent canoes and do instruction.
Camp is an RV camp and has a variety of activities and is in
The Blind Salamander Riverfront RV Park is located on the San Marcos River at Westerfield Crossing, Old Bastrop Road.
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To continue downstream, see these parks and campgrounds:
|Endangered Species in the Edwards Aquifer and
Texas Blind Salamander
San Marcos Springs and River:
San Marcos Gambusia
San Marcos Salamander
Texas Wild Rice
Information on these endangered species and other species in the
Edwards Aquifer System (which includes other springs besides the San
Marcos Springs and River) is prepared by The Edwards Aquifer Research
and Data Center at Texas State University. View
their website tosee more color photos and more detailed
information about each species.