San Marcos River Clean Up

On Saturday, March 2, 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).

We will meet at Spencer Canoes at 9:00 a.m., across the river in Martindale. 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.

ACA and Red Cross certified kayak and canoe instructor Susan Eda has invited the Austin Area Paddlers to join her and her group from Houston in cleaning a section between Fentress and Prairie Lea. Along with leading this part of the clean up, Susan has offered to provide informal paddling instruction during the event on an as-asked basis.

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 (Tom Goynes’ campground, next to TG Canoe.)

San Marcos River Foundation: http://www.sanmarcosriver.org

River Cleanup press release: http://www.txrivers.org/archive/smrivercleanup.pdf

Shady Grove Campground/ Spencer Canoes: http://www.spencercanoes.net

San Marcos River Retreat: http://www.sanmarcosriverretreat.com

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a wonderful time. Helpful tips & nice people everywhere. Thanks!

    March 4, 2013

  • John Cunningham

    It was great to see everyone, and I'm glad that everyone had a good time! Thanks for coming; thanks to Pat, Susan and the Spring Woods Canoe Group for river training, and thanks to the people along the river for the excellent barbecue dinner!

    Our group helped remove two rafts, a monitor and a television, numerous beer cans and more. Susan and the folks from Houston went back on Sunday and removed the tree and brush that blocked the left channel of Cottonseed Rapid.

    We hope to meet them again for ACA training and possibly for a road trip to Carolina Week of Rivers in July.

    March 3, 2013

  • Frederick

    Had a great time. Weather was perfect for the cleanup. Took out a lot of trash including bunches of tires, two canoes that were wrapped around a tree, bags and bags of bottles and cans, sunglasses, flip flops, a computer monitor and more. We had people on all of the sections covering 90 miles of this beautiful river. It is even more beautiful now that we had made a huge dent into the amount of trash we removed from it. Looking forward to doing this agin next year.

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • John

    Great fun, and learned a whole lot about paddling on the river today.

    March 2, 2013

  • Mark Boyden

    I can't join up with this team, but I'll be on the river cleaning from Spencer's down to Fentress. Thanks for organizing this!

    March 1, 2013

  • Frederick

    Do we have this campsite for both Friday and Saturday night or just Saturday night? I was planning on driving in on Friday.

    February 27, 2013

    • John Cunningham

      The campsite is for Saturday night. I'd call Pat Spencer about a Friday campsite.

      February 28, 2013

  • Yolanda Rodriguez

    I have an inflatable Sea Eagle, so I'm wondering if this is a good idea for me, and probably limited to what I could haul. Does this also involve jumping into the water?

    February 18, 2013

    • John Cunningham

      I called Pat Spencer. If you can arrive a little before the meeting, she can provide you with a sit on top. We will need to provide our own shuttle If you're a single blader (there's another one of us!) I have a few canoes to pick from. email me for details.

      February 25, 2013

    • John Cunningham

      Sorry, hit reply by mistake.... I called Pat Spencer. If you can arrive a little before the meeting, she can provide you with a sit on top. We will need to provide our own shuttle (I'm planning to drive shuttle but may need another car/truck for this one.) If you're a single blader (there's another one of us!) I have a few canoes to pick from. email me for details.

      February 25, 2013

  • John Cunningham

    Pat Spencer has site #11 reserved for us. She said it is a large site and has electricity, if we need it.

    February 20, 2013

  • John Cunningham

    UPDATE: due to an arm injury, I will not be able to paddle. I will be at the 9:00 meeting, can run shuttle and will camp. I thought about scrubbing the trip, but I'm not worried with Susan Eda leading on the water. She has been leading groups and teaching paddling and water safety for over three decades (She taught me how to canoe in 1978-1981.) I am confident in Susan's ability to lead.

    February 20, 2013

  • Keith Hood

    I'd like to be there, but I'll be in Denver for a nephew's wedding. I hope those of you who do go have a good time.

    February 18, 2013

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