THE 24th ANNUAL GREAT TEXAS RIVER CLEAN-UP ( San Marcos River Clean-up)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

On Saturday, March 7, folks from all over Texas will be participating in the world's longest river clean up. We will be picking up trash along the entire length of the San Marcos River (approximately 90 miles).

Everyone is urged to help. If you are unable to participate in the water, we need volunteers to work the banks of the river, especially at parks and highway crossings. Scuba divers and snorkelers are also urged to participate.

The upper sections of the San Marcos River, particularly just downstream of the City of San Marcos, will require the most attention, and the short mileages set for these sections reflect this. Furthermore, the river becomes less accessible and more hazardous as one goes downstream. For that reason, novice boaters should volunteer for either section 1 or 2 and more experienced boaters for the other sections.

The lower river, from Luling to Gonzales, has several long sections with few bridge crossings and for that reason, we are asking canoe racers (especially teams that have competed in the Texas Water Safari) to volunteer for sections 9 - 11.

Everyone participating in this event is invited to camp free at either Shady Grove Campground/ Spencer Canoes ( or at the San Marcos River Retreat ( for the weekend. Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening there will be a meal provided by the San Marcos River Foundation ( at Shady Grove/Spencer Canoes.

On Sunday morning at 8 a.m., there will be a non-denominational Christian worship service at the San Marcos River Retreat.

A group meeting will be held for everyone paddling the sections of river between the San Marcos River Retreat and Luling at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Spencer Canoes. Canoe racers paddling the lower river will meet at Palmetto Park at 8:30 a.m. Contact Tim Curry for more Persons working sections 1 and 2 will meet at City Park in San Marcos at 10:00 a.m.


1 San Marcos City Park to Thompson's Island (2 miles)

2 Thompson's Island to The San Marcos River Retreat (3.5 miles)

3 San Marcos River Retreat to Spencer Canoes (6 mi.)
4 Spencer Canoes to Staples - Hwy 1977 (5 miles)

5 Staples to Fentress - Hwy 20 (9 miles)

6 Fentress to Stairtown (7miles)

7 Stairtown to Luling - Hwy 90 (6.5miles)

8 Hwy 90 to Luling City Park (6 mi.)

9 Luling City Park to Palmetto State Park (14.4 mi.)

10 Palmetto State Park to Gonzales Hwy 90A (14.8 miles)

11 Gonzales 90A to Gonzales 183 (10 mi.)

To get to the San Marcos River Retreat: coming from Interstate 35 in San
Marcos, get on Highway 80 and head toward Luling for 1.8 miles. Take a
right on county road 101. Take an immediate left onto county road 102.
Go 1/2 mile on 102 and take a right on Pecan Park road. Keep going
straight (past TG Canoe Livery) and the road will end at the the San Marcos River
Retreat office. For more info call Tom Goynes at 512-392-6171 or visit
our website at

Tom Goynes (coordinator) 512-392-6171

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