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Spring San Marcos River Cleanup
February 27 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm CST
The Great Texas River Clean Up
2 Days, One River (the San Marcos River)
36th Annual – February 27 AND March 6, 2021
The 2021 Great Texas River Cleanup (San Marcos River)
From the San Marcos River Retreat downstream (all the way to Palmetto Park – if we can) will be held on February 27. The date for the downstream cleanup was rescheduled due to a conflict with the Buffalo Bayou race in Houston which is set for March 6th.
The City of San Marcos will still hold their portion of the cleanup, walking the banks of the watershed and the sections of river within the city limits on Saturday, March 6th. If you have any questions about this event, please go to:
On Saturday, Feb. 27, folks from all over Texas will be participating in the world’s longest river clean up. We will be picking up trash along most of the San Marcos River (approximately 60 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.
CANOE RACING ENTHUSIASTS the lower sections of the river will be cleaned up by the Texas Canoe and Kayak Racing Association. Some sections of river, like Staples to Fentress and Zedler Dam to Palmetto State Park, have long stretches 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 those sections: sections 5, 7, 8 and 10.
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 of Feb 26 and 27 (Shady Grove is offering one free night of camping for volunteers) People should reserve their camping spot. For Shady Grove call: 512-357-6113. For the San Marcos River Retreat call: 512-787-5574
MEAL SATURDAY NIGHT, FEB 27.
5 p.m.-8pm on Saturday evening there will be to-go BBQ meals distributed to the clean up volunteers (who pre-register with a section leader by Feb 24) at the chapel at the San Marcos River Retreat. Because of covid, there will be no indoor dining, but folks are welcome to social distance and grab a picnic table near the chapel or in the campground.
MEETING TIMES AND SHUTTLES
Everyone is expected to contact the section leader for the stretch of river he or she intends to clean and reserve a spot on that team. Because of covid, we may have to limit the number of participants on any section. That leader will keep a list of volunteers and also make a note of folks who intend to receive a to-go plate of BBQ. The section leader will tell all the members in their group where they will meet on the morning of Feb 27. At that meeting, trash bags will be handed out and shuttles will be arranged.
Persons interested in cleaning the banks of the river at road crossings and parks downstream of San Marcos should contact Tom Goynes email@example.com 512-787-5574
PRE-REGISTRATION: IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT EVERYONE PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT PRE-REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (ESPECIALLY IF YOU WANT A TO-GO MEAL AND/OR A T-SHIRT). YOU MUST CONTACT A SECTION LEADER TO PRE-REGISTER. AND YOU SHOULD LET THE LEADER KNOW IF YOU CHANGE YOUR PLANS AND CAN’T PARTICIPATE. Pre-register here: https://forms.gle/znhNVGCEzXvpJi5g8
TCKRA RIVER SECTION LISTINGS (section leader: Holly Orr firstname.lastname@example.org 512-749-2350 ):
Staples to Fentress– Hwy 20 (9 miles)–This section is full
- Prairie Lea 1 to Stairtown (5 miles)–Some fast moving water; some trees in the river.
- Stairtown to Luling – Hwy 90 (6.5miles)–Some fast moving water; some trees in the river.
- Zedler Dam to Palmetto State Park (14.4 mi.)–Long hard stretch.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: to the San Marcos River Retreat
On google maps we show up as the “San Marcos River Scout Camp”
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 Canoes and Kayaks) 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 San Marcos River Retreat
Special thanks to our sponsor, Zanfel for donating their product for our volunteers to combat any poison ivy we may come in contact with during the river cleanup!!