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San Marcos River

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Address: San Marcos, TX
Phone Number: 5123938400
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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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The water is clear and a continuous temperature of 72 degrees. It is part of the aquaifer.

The Lions club tube rental is the place to be. Great for the family and you can go down the river as much as you want! Try it because you won't be disappointed!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Karen A
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San Marcos, Texas
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San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Lions club tube rental is the place to be. Great for the family and you can go down the river as much as you want! Try it because you won't be disappointed!

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Thank Karen A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There are multiple spots in San Marcos to be by the river with beautiful surroundings. Of course you have the typical hangout sports that are popular, so we avoid those in the summer. But there are plenty of other locations that are quieter. Tubing is very popular too if you like that. Just drive around town following the river and... More 

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Thank Debbie K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Love it! But very crowded in the summer. The water is clear and cold. There is tube rentals, etc. But in the summer you can almost walk on the heads down the river it's so crowded.

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1 Thank hd c
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

Went to school here.....and many great afternoon well spent floating the river.....weekdays aren't as crowded...more laid back....unless go early.Be sure and bring a small ice chest with your favorite refreshing beverage.Great way to beat heat!

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Thank greg y
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I couldn't believe how clear and clean the water is in this urban setting. The water was freezing but the temps were around 90's anyway so after dipping in the water, get out and dry off on the sunny riverbank and splash in again. Virtually no one when we were there on Columbus day but I can see how it... More 

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Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Took a small glass bottomed boat trip out costing $12 which lasted about half an hour. Really beautiful clear springs, very clear water, so you can see the fish, turtles flowers and natural bubbling springs at the bottom of the river bed. Well worth the money and the young man talking was very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

San Marcos, Texas is a wonderful small town and a gateway to the Texas Hill Country and my home. We are lucky to have a fabulous natural attraction here known as Spring Lake and formerly known as Acquarena Springs, Home of Ralph, the Swimming Pig! Incredible, powerful, pure natural springs fill this wonderful habitat with the cleanest water in Texas... More 

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San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Always cold but always fun to tube, swim, take the dogs, and go layout. There are several areas to hang out, some better than others. I like the rocks opposite the Lions Club.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

We have floated the river many times over the years. The previous few years the river was low and slow. Very relaxing! This year after all of the rain in May we were worried that the river wouldn't be open for business. The part of the river in town was cleaned up and ready to go. Was much faster float... More 

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Thank Liz K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Love this river for swimming...free and love it here in San Marvelous. Put in toobs by Salt Grass just legally park so as to not be towed

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