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Floating the San Marcos River

Updated: Feb 9

Frontera Tours Hosts float trip down to the San Marcos River. Check out why we picked San Marcos to float.



The San Marcos River is a waterway located in central Texas It originates from the San Marcos Springs, which are fed by the Edwards Aquifer, a major artesian aquifer in the region. Here are some key points about the San Marcos River.



  • Length and Location

The San Marcos River spans approximately 75 miles (120 kilometers) in length. It flows primarily through Hays County and passes through the city of San Marcos. The river eventually joins the Guadalupe River.


  • Spring-fed Waters

The San Marcos River is known for its clear, spring-fed waters. The springs that feed the river maintain a constant flow, resulting in refreshing and clean water year-round. The river is also known for its unique aquamarine color, which adds to its visual appeal.

  • Ecological Importance:

The San Marcos River is ecologically significant and supports a diverse array of plant and animal life. It provides habitat for various species, including endangered species like the Texas blind salamander and the San Marcos gambusia (a small fish). It is also home to diverse vegetation along its banks, including cypress and pecan trees.

  • Recreation and Activities:

The river offers numerous recreational activities. Swimming, snorkeling, tubing, kayaking, and canoeing are popular pastimes on the San Marcos River. The constant flow and clear waters make it an ideal location for water-based activities. Additionally, there are parks and picnic areas along the river, providing spaces for relaxation and enjoyment.

  • Natural Beauty:

The San Marcos River is known for its natural beauty. The surrounding landscape features picturesque scenery, including lush vegetation, rolling hills, and limestone formations. It provides opportunities for photography, nature walks, and birdwatching.

  • Scientific Research:

The purity and clarity of the San Marcos River's water make it a valuable resource for scientific research and study. Researchers use the river as a natural laboratory for studying aquatic life, water quality, and the dynamics of spring ecosystems.

  • Conservation Efforts:

Conservation efforts are in place to protect and preserve the San Marcos River and its delicate ecosystem. Measures are taken to maintain water quality, protect endangered species, and promote sustainable practices. These efforts ensure the longevity and health of the river for future generations.




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