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San Marcos River

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Address: San Marcos, TX
Description: A closed water supply from a natural spring at one end creates a unique...
A closed water supply from a natural spring at one end creates a unique environment for plants and animals found only on this river also popular with swimmers, snorkelers and for inner tubing.
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Birthday river trip!

I went to San Marcos river on the 26th with my boyfriend and a friend. We were a little worried that we wouldn't have much fun because it was just the 3 of us, but much to our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I went to San Marcos river on the 26th with my boyfriend and a friend. We were a little worried that we wouldn't have much fun because it was just the 3 of us, but much to our surprise we ended up having an amazing time! Everyone was very nice and friendly. We took our own cooler and snacks but... More 

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Canton, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We floated the Lions Club part of the San Marcos River. This is a quick 20-30 minutes float. My husband and kids had run on the Rio Vista Dam. They rode the falls over and over. We rode the shuttle back to the Lions Club.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I'd never been tubing before so this was a first for me. We hired big yellow inner tubes, you can pick to have a bottom in your tube or let your bottom drag in the water. We had the misfortune of tubing on the day that the emergency services were looking for a missing tuber, and sadly he was located... More 

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Arlington TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Tubing was great for first time, short tube but the rapids flipped and overwhelmed most swimmers. The current at the bottom was so strong and they need a rope at the end for people to grab ahold of and be able to get out better

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Had fun tubing, water cold at first but as the day got hotter we were happy. Would spend more time just enjoying the slow pace

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

With all the rain in May & June this year the river was full and had a quick pace. Make sure to beach some place for a little while, otherwise you'll be in done in 2 hours.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We enjoyed floating down the river. We rented tubed from the Lions Club of San Marcos and used their shuttle for an amazing day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

If you are anything like me and don't know how to swim, don't worry, you can still have a lot of fun floating too! The water is crystal clear and at a very enjoyable temperature for the summer. Definitely a place to come and float with friends and drink some brewskis.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Doesn't get better than tubing n fishing the San Marcos river, but don't try it , there are only so many fish and they are already spoken for, there mine I tell ya, mine mine mine go go go mine mine mine

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San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is absolutely the most clear freshwater I have ever seen. It is a beautiful color, consistently 72 degrees, and very popular with us locals. The upper portion is lined with parks as the river goes through town. All are good but for snorkeling stay close to the beginning. Tubing through town is fun and with the trails to walk... More 

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Address: San Marcos, TX
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Marcos

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