This is a kayaking day trip on the San Marcos River, putting in at Shady Grove Campground, located near San Marcos, TX, east of I-35 at 9515 FM 1979, Martindale, Tx. The 5.5 mile trip will take a leisurely 3-4 hours. This less used, cleaner, more natural section of the river is a mixture of light current, small rapids and still water. We will put in at Shady Grove Campground and take out at the bridge in Staples, TX. It is advisable to put all gear in waterproof bags (i.e. ziplock bags), wear water shoes, and clothes that can get wet, as well as have sun protection – hat/sunscreen.
The San Marcos River is a constant 72 degree water temperature and the year-round flow provides habitat for several life forms not found anywhere else in the world. Giant elephant ears along its banks, multitudes of turtles, a large variety of birds and fish all contribute to the river's reputation for special beauty.
Spencer Canoes, located in Shady Grove Campground, has kayaks and canoes available for rent. Note: Kayaks are recommended for this section of the river and canoes will only be rented to experienced canoeists. Kayaks or canoes rent for $37.28 per day which includes paddle, flotation device, and car shuttle to the take outpoint in Staples. In addition, a $20 deposit is required which is refundable when equipment is returned at the end of the trip. You may bring your own kayak or canoe and get a piggy back shuttle for $5.00 per person.
We will stop for a picnic lunch along the way on one of the islands in the river. Bring your own food and drinks in a small insulated bag since storage room is limited in the kayaks. You can either meet the group and caravan from south Austin or meet us at the campground. Those wishing to caravan and/or carpool, will meet in the Walmart parking lot in Southpark Meadows Shopping Center located at I-35 and Slaughter Lane at 9:00 a.m. We will depart at 9:15 a.m. If you are driving directly to Shady Grove Campground, be there by 10:00 a.m.
If you are renting a kayak/canoe, you must make your own reservation ahead of time – at least 2 or 3 days ahead. Call (512)[masked] to make a reservation. Directions to the campground are available at http://mysite.verizon.net/pgunnsco/index.html