Rio Vista Park
Rio Vista Park is a great place to put your kayak in and paddle upstream or just swim in the deep watering hole. It's not uncommon to see surfing the rapids and sunbathers along the river banks. This is also the point of pick-up for the Lions Club Tube shuttle. Bring your own tube or rent one from Lions Club upstream at City Park.
The amenities include restrooms, tennis courts, 1/2 basketball court, benches, a pavilion, City swimming pool, hike/bike trails, and trash cans.
There are no admission or parking fees.
River & Park Tips:
- Remember, this is a natural-forming river. Children and inexperienced swimmers should wear life vests.
- Don’t litter! Bring a litter bag or use the mesh bag provided by the Lions Club. Trash cans are located along the banks of the river.
- Wear Sunscreen.
- Wear hats and/or sunglasses that you won't mind losing.
- Bring a waterproof pouch or zip-loc freezer bag for necessities. Recommendation: leave valuables in the car or at home/hotel room.
- Water shoes or athletic shoes are recommended. There may be rocks in some areas.
- Drink liquids to stay hydrated.
- Coolers and disposable containers are allowed on the San Marcos river. Please no styrofoam.
- Secure lids on all coolers.
- Designated access and exits points are located at City Park and Rio Vista for those who bring alcohol to consume while on the river.
- Please, no Styrofoam-type products in the river including coolers, ice chests, cups, plates, disposable containers, toys, floats, kickboards, rings or swim gear.
- Bring rope if you want to tie multiple tubes together.
- Alcohol on city owned dams, spillways and bridges is not allowed.
- Bring an ID, Credit Card or cash if you are renting a tube. Lions Club sells snacks and beverages at the beginning and end of their float.
How much is it to float the river in San Marcos?
Tubing pricing depends on the outfitter you choose.
- Lions Club Tube Rental is $22 per tube (with unlimited shuttle), or if you bring your own tube the shuttle is $12 per person.
- Don's Fish Camp float pass is $28 per person or $19 if you bring your own tube. This includes the shuttle and parking.
- Texas State Tubes is $28 for tube rentals, $17 if you bring your own tube, $17 for military/students/teachers/first responders, $10 for children ages 7-12 (life jackets required), and free for ages 6 and under (life jackets required). This includes the shuttle.
Where do you go to float the San Marcos River?
How long is the San Marcos tubing?
Depending on the water levels in the San Marcos River, Lions Club Tube Rental float lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. Texas State Tubes and Don's Fish Camp are more like a three hour float.
San Marcos River Information
What kind of fish are in the San Marcos River?
Catfish, Rio Grande Perch, San Marcos Gambusia, Sunfish, Carp, Gar, and more!
Can we swim in the San Marcos River?
What are the hours for the San Marcos River?
San Marcos riverfront parks are open from 6am-11pm unless posted otherwise.