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We highly recommend life jackets for both adults and children, as the San Marcos River is a moving body of water and therefore can become unpredictable.
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No, you do not need a reservation.
No. There is no charge to use the park or river.
There is no charge for parking at one of the City's parks.
Yes, propane only at fixed picnic table sites.
The City’s parks are open daily from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Natural areas are dawn-dusk.
City Park: 170 Charles Austin Dr, San Marcos TX 78666. You can rent tubes from Lion's Club Tube Rental or use your own.
City Park, 170 Charles Austin Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
No, it connects with the Guadalupe River outside of Gonzales and then eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Please pay attention to all river exit signs.
The float will last roughly an hour from City Park to Rio Vista Park depending on the flow rate, where you enter and exit the river, and the number of tubers in the water. Once you reach the falls at Rio Vista Park you should exit the river.
Yes, the San Marcos River is home to many different species of fish, turtles and yes, even snakes. Always pay attention to your surroundings and do your best not to disturb the habitat.
No, per city ordinance.
Yes, as long as you are actively floating the river. You can not be standing on the river bank with open containers.
Yes, but please dispose of all waste in the mesh bags provided by your tube rental company or bring your own waste receptacle.
Yes, you can rent from a local vendor or you may bring your own kayak or canoe and access the river from any river access point.
Yes, pole and line, including rod and reel, fishing is allowed. You must comply with state fishing regulations and have a valid Texas fishing license. Regulations can be viewed on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. It is unlawful for any person to possess or shoot a speargun while in or upon city owned property without a program permit issued by the department, per city ordinance. The term "speargun" means any type of device used for propelling a spear, or any other type projectile through water as a means of shooting or taking fish.