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Texas whitewater, San Marcos River

Hays / Caldwell / Guadalupe county, San Marcos to Martindale section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     11.5 miles
 
Don't miss the new whitewater park here on the San Marcos River, because it is always flowing at a clear 72 degrees from the giant San Marcos Springs. There is over 30ft of drop in the pristine top section of the San Marcos River (before the confluence with the Blanco River). So schedule a trip to San Marvelous as soon as you can. Says Ben Kvanli

The put-in is not too far from Austin-Round Rock, there's a road map further down the page
    with more info on that. This section of San Marcos River is 11.5 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so go ahead and
pack your camp stove. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The natural beauty of Texas and the water flowing gracefully down San Marcos River have people coming here. The average Texas whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so  
    if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the San Marcos to Martindale section is one of them. No need to look hard for hotels,
  but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Lockhart State Park Trail, and Lockhart State Park is a wonderful spot. At San Marcos River you always meet someone from Maxwell, and don't leave San Marcos River without first going for a hike along the Prospect Park Trail.

San Marcos River, San Marcos to Martindale road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near San Marcos River.
 Whitewater Near San Marcos River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Steve's Toobs, HaysCounty, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
San Marcos River, Hays/ Caldwell/ GuadalupeCounty, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.5 miles long (San Marcos to Martindale)
Blanco River, HaysCounty, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Wimberley to Kyle)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rockin 'R' River Rides, ComalCounty, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Gruene River, ComalCounty, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Felger Tube Rental, ComalCounty, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Corner Tubes, ComalCounty, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Bikini Bottoms Tubes Raft, ComalCounty, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Hideout ON the Horseshoe, ComalCounty, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - River Sports Tubes, ComalCounty, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Marinas Near San Marcos River:
Mc Queeney Marina Terminal, Seguin , 18 miles away
Laguna Marina, Mc Queeney , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near San Marcos River:
Summit Inn Hotel And Suites, San Marcos , 3 miles away
Howard Johnson San Marcos, San Marcos , 3 miles away
Travelodge San Marcos/University/Downtown, San Marcos , 3 miles away
Days Inn - San Marcos, San Marcos , 3 miles away
Rodeway Inn San Marcos, San Marcos , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Marcos River:
San Marcos River Retreat, San Marcos, 0 miles away
Pecan RV Park, San Marcos, 0 miles away
United Campgrounds-san Marcos, San Marcos, 3 miles away
 Trails Near San Marcos River:
Prospect Park Trail, Hays , 5 miles away
Lockhart State Park Trail, Caldwell , 13 miles away
Mary Moore Searight Park Trail, Travis , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Marcos River:
Lockhart State Park, Texas , 13 miles away
McKinney Falls State Park, Texas , 24 miles away
Palmetto State Park, Texas , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Marcos River:
Quail Creek Country Club, San Marcos , 2 miles away
Texas State-San Marcos, San Marcos , 4 miles away
Plum Creek Golf Course, Kyle , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near San Marcos River
Lake Dunlap, Guadalupe , 17 miles away
Elm Waterhole, Travis , 19 miles away
Lake McQueeney, Guadalupe , 19 miles away

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