Kayaking San Marcos – Clearest River in Texas (Swimming Hole)

Kayaking San Marcos – Clearest River in Texas (Swimming Hole)

Today we travel to a river charged by the most prolific spring in Texas. But there’s more than just paddling here. Follow along as we explore an incredible place in the Hill Country! The pandemic has changed the way we access parks, rivers and swimming holes. With the help of a local and some kayaks we set out on an epic day trip to the hill country.

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50 Comments

  1. Chris Bone on September 23, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Sick dude! Love it

  2. Christian Alvarez on September 23, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Honestly gatewood brown is the reason I got into kayaking as a hobbie and i love it so much I now have 2 kayaks 😂.

  3. Kamo Katfish on September 23, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    That’s sick man!

  4. Davemercy Whippy on September 23, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Nice to have pages like this to show more parts of Texas than most of us knew of or ever thought about going to! Hello from the David and Mercy Whipple channel!

  5. Grant on September 23, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    great vid! so happy things are somewhat back to normal, although the crowds are back as well.. lol. what’s that wetsuit top you’re wearing? those are hard to come by.

  6. Comal Springs Acupuncture on September 23, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    I used to swim this spot as a kid and teenager. It was always my favorite spot.

  7. donnamasonbrown on September 23, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks so very much for sharing this knowledge with me 🇨🇱🧡

  8. Jeffrey Wilson on September 23, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    That waterfall looked fun!

  9. Jrockdirt on September 23, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    What type of camera do you use?

  10. Stilk Terrin on September 23, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Nice video. Thank you for sharing it. You have my support. :););)

  11. Rafter H on September 23, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    Re you gonna do a review of your Ascend kayak? How easy is it to paddle? How does it do on rough water?

  12. siliilith on September 23, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Yo Gatewood Brown my friend and I invite you and your friends on a 20 mile Brazos trip this weekend. (9/19/20 – 9/20/20) More information can be found here. http://www.rochellescanoeandkayakrental.com/location
    The CFS is currently at 900+. (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=08088610) Sorry about the late notice but you know how we must get out and go kayaking when the CFS is flowing. Lmk if you want my email. My buddy and I leave the places we visit looking better than when we get there. (we take out others trash as well as ours!)

  13. Steve Story on September 23, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Awesome vid just subbed was wondering what water shoes you use?

  14. Rafter H on September 23, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    I wonder if you have looked at a Bonafide 123EX sit in? Would it be good to use for camping trips on the Texas rivers?

  15. Hilary S on September 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Your energy is contagious, you have me wondering what music you listen to and what you do to have such a calming electric spirit. ⚡️ Today my family and I are driving up to San Marcos just because of this video. Thank you 🙏 Godbless.

  16. zcab1776 on September 23, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    your videos seem to all be extended Remote Design commercials

  17. Michael Middleton TBH on September 23, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Looks like a great spot! It’s not too far from home, so I’ll definitely have to check it out! Anxiously awaiting your release of the Remote Designs gear!

  18. Anita Book on September 23, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    I can’t believe you don’t have more subscribers your videos are so high quality and I really enjoy them. The first video I saw of yours I clicked on without looking at the view count and when I did I was in for a shock. You are a hidden jewel of YouTube. Keep up the great work!!!

  19. Monkey N Around on September 23, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    They can close the park but cannot cancel the adventure. Excellent video. Nice looking pack as well.

  20. Tranquility on September 23, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Fantastic as always!

  21. Judy N on September 23, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    I love the San Marcos river! My favorite river to float!

  22. chief sosa on September 23, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Hey man I go to Texas State university shouts out the Olympic center glad y’all enjoyed the river

  23. The Front Porch on September 23, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    My buds and I used to hang out there before Spanish class at SWT wondering how we were going to pass the class, since the only language we understood and could tawk was Texan. The way we passed was NASTY and ingenious (thought up by me!) I also met Steve McQueen and Allie Macgraw there one afternoon…he was really short, and she had crooked teeth, but I still let them use my snorkeling equipment. One of the most magical places on the planet…and I have been around!

  24. difference maker on September 23, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Are there gators in that water?

  25. Caleb Humphreys on September 23, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    That water is so clear!! Another great edit GB.

  26. Martin Ramirez on September 23, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    That bag tho (retrofit81) 📷

  27. Piya Chetty on September 23, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Great video man thanks for sharing 👍👍👍👍👍👍🤸

  28. William Darnell on September 23, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    I’m interested to know what paddle you’re using.

  29. Michael W. Perry on September 23, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Words cannot describe the stupidity of closing rivers and parks because of Covid. Don’t these people realize that sunshine and fresh air aren’t dangerous?

  30. Erizo Shultz on September 23, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    Isn’t that the water fall next to the steak house?

  31. Ronnie Brown on September 23, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    84 and 85 i lived one block off the trestle near rio vista dam….put in at the trestle ….rode up and down from rio vista to pepper falls (pepper is where steve mcqueen made love in the water to ali mcgraw when he got out of huntsville prison)…..spent many hours days on this very trip….the water was very clear in 84 85….

  32. jus b cool,k? on September 23, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    👌

  33. Gregory White on September 23, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    What kayak are you using?

  34. Steve H on September 23, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    The devils river in Texas is also nice, another river system to check out is in Missouri, the current river, the springs that feed that river are amazing.

  35. MagnetCrusher on September 23, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    You didn’t show the three water falls section, that’s one of the best.

  36. james patterson on September 23, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    the devils river is the cleanest clearest river in texas

  37. jaimeparadise on September 23, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    San Marcos springs has 72F water year round.. Not freezing for most people and for sure not wetsuit required. No one uses them in summer. Great tubing place. Now open

  38. A Fewox on September 23, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Didnt see any 🐟 🐠 fish ?

  39. ecahatch on September 23, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    so glad to be moving here!

  40. Alex L on September 23, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Still wondering how you don’t have millions of views. Great video as usual!

  41. Mark Weldon on September 23, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Hey Gatewood. Did you ever get back on the San Marcos for a camping trip? And if so, what section did you target?

  42. C Gatito on September 23, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    May all the medically ignorant politicians never do this again. Shut down all the parks for a respiratory disease. So everyone can stay indoors and catch said respiratory disease. Idiots. Love your videos.

  43. angie nichols on September 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Frio River is the most amazing river! Definitely go there!

  44. Andrea Fraire on September 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT IN SAN MARCOS & THIS SWIMMING PLACE! ✨✨✨

  45. volkswatson on September 23, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    I live in East Texas (Tyler), all we have are muddy lakes and rivers. Any recommendations on some places near that have clearer water?

  46. enneagram order on September 23, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    That’s my favorite river to kayak camp

  47. Dirt Dobber on September 23, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Keep Exploring, that tells the story Gatewood you and your crew keep it up.

  48. ••• The Mediator ••• on September 23, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    I love the San Marcos river. It’s so much deeper than it looks.

  49. Alberto Garcia on September 23, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Where can I get that backpack?

  50. Stephen Ramirez on September 23, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    Awesome video! Did you have any trouble with the University/ SM Police?

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