San Marcos River Clean Up
5th Annual - March 7, 2020

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.

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 section 1 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.

Canoe racers paddling the lower river will meet at Palmetto Park at 8:30 a.m. (Contact Tom Goynes for more information). Everyone paddling the sections of river between Thompson's Island and Luling (sections 2-9) will meet at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the
San Marcos River Retreat (we will meet in the Chapel). Persons interested in cleaning the banks of the river and the parks and trails in San Marcos, and paddlers interested in cleaning section 1 should meet at City Park in San Marcos at 9:30.

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 Prairie Lea 1 (2miles)
7. Prairie Lea 1 to Stairtown (5 miles)
8. Stairtown to Luling - Hwy 90 (6.5miles)
9. Hwy 90 to Luling City Park (6 mi.)
10. Luling City Park to Palmetto State Park (14.4 mi.)
11. Palmetto State Park to Gonzales Hwy 90A (14.8 miles)
12. Gonzales 90A to Gonzales 183 (10 mi.)

Tom Goynes (coordinator) 512-787-5574

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 San Marcos River
Retreat office. For more info call Tom Goynes at 512-787-5574 or visit
our website at

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