San Marcos quick loop

We haven't been down to San Marcos in a while. Let's do a quick loop from San Marcos City Park up to Aquarena. Paddle down to Graduation Falls and loop around the diversion channel back up to City Park.  See map for detailed route:

Google Map

You can portage at Rio Vista if you don't want to run the chutes.  There is only one other obstacle past Rio Vista, and that's a broken-down dam that can be easily portaged.


This trip is slightly strenuous since we'll be going upstream for part of the trip, and you'll be portaging around Rio Vista at least once.

There is a chance to get wet, so please leave electronics and other valuables in your vehicle, or use a drybox / drybag.

Pack lunch or snack.  Definitely pack plenty of fluid.

Wear a hat.  Apply sunblock.

Definitely wear PFD.

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  • Bill S

    Long but fun day :-)

    March 30, 2013

  • Dan L.

    Is the trip for fri or sat I'm good for fri but busy sat Thanks

    March 26, 2013

  • Sharon S.

    Alas, can't go Sat, but it's very early in the season - another time!

    March 23, 2013

  • David E.

    Would love to BUT i work fridays. Hello. How about a saturday...

    March 21, 2013

    • Rusty B.

      I can't make it this time, but I'm curious since I haven't ever really been down there: is it generally a nice play to kayak in a sit-on-top? Or am I going to have to get out a lot to portage around falls/rapids?

      March 21, 2013

    • Bill S

      In the map, I marked three man-made falls: papa, mama, and baby bear. There is one more at Michelle's Spot. The rest is just riffles.

      March 21, 2013

  • Clarke R

    Are there any rentals down there?

    March 21, 2013

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