Kayaking the San Marcos River

Kayaking the San Marcos River

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The San Marcos River is a 72 degree, crystal clear, spring fed river in the heart of Central Texas. On this trip we paddled 7 miles from City Park to San Marcos Scout Camp. The river flow was 163 cfs at the San Marcos gauge. We wanted to showcase some of the highlights of this beautiful river and show folks what portages to look out for. Appreciate y’all watching!

Kayaks Used: Jackson Coosa HD
Native Falcon 11
Old Town Sportsman 120

PFD’s Used : Astral – Linda/Ronny/Sturgeon

Paddles Used: Werner Corryvreckan and Werner Shuna

Music: Vein-KV
LiQWYD-Slow Down
Sapajou-No More


  1. RS7JR on January 23, 2023 at 1:12 am

    I’ve always floated San Marcos in a tube and got shuttled back to where I started. I just got a SUP and want to go downriver then just paddle back up. That said, is San Marcos hard to paddle upstream? I am referring to the section that starts at the lions club and ends where you started on this video. Any helpful info is appreciated. Thanks.

  2. Noel on January 23, 2023 at 1:15 am


  3. Texas Paddle Board on January 23, 2023 at 1:16 am

    Did you run into a ton of low branches along the way? I did this paddle trail a few weeks ago – took about 4 hours. Super fun overall, but I wish the downed trees could be more easily taken care of.

  4. paulgmckavett on January 23, 2023 at 1:18 am

    Wow what a beautiful place and to enjoy it with your mom and dad

  5. John Partain on January 23, 2023 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for the guide! Beautiful section!

  6. Sir Digz Alot on January 23, 2023 at 1:23 am

    It’s good luck to jump off the wall at city park before you take off. Duane did it right!

  7. Adam McKee on January 23, 2023 at 1:26 am

    This was a great video and super helpful!

  8. Jimoutdoors on January 23, 2023 at 1:31 am

    I should have listened to you. I took a group of youth from our church June 29th and 30th 2022. The river was amazing. I have canoed 100’s of miles many rivers and boundary waters. So I thought we could do it. We had 6 canoes and when we got to the chutes we decided to go down them instead of portage. MISTAKE! I was 1st down and first to tump. We took on too much water in the canoe and it literally filled it. 4 canoes followed my lead and tumped the two that didn’t swamp were the two canoes that portaged it. I lost my nice mask and snorkel and a fishing pole, another pole was lost by another canoe, and an apple iPhone was also lost due to my pride in thinking we could do it, but I should have listened to you. Despite this we loved the trip, the next day we went down to shady grove, probably should have gone down to staples as this second leg of our two day trip was pretty quick. Thank you for your wise council. I should have listened and apologized to the group that night for not listening. Love your videos!

  9. Sooner Frac on January 23, 2023 at 1:33 am

    Beautiful river, great looking trip. I think most people have gotten too risk adverse and believe that traditional sit in canoes are not good for rapids or drops like that. My ancient Grumman Aircraft aluminum canoe? Heck no! But any of the flat bottom Old Town boats would have been fine IMO on that drop. I may have grown up in Oklahoma and Texas but I spent my summers in Northern Maine where everyone had an Old Town. Tough as nails boats!

  10. ecahatch on January 23, 2023 at 1:37 am

    I’d love to do go on this river, just moved to San Marcos. I have 2 45lb dogs I want to take with me. Is there something I could buy to make this possible? Or is that too much to ask?

  11. Ronnie Brown on January 23, 2023 at 1:40 am

    i did this exact route hundreds of times when i lived on riviera street one block off the rio vista dam tressle ….. 84 to 85….no stairs at cummins then….the two years i lived in san marcos are the best of my life so far…..

  12. Vic Kaiser on January 23, 2023 at 1:41 am

    How did you guys get back?

  13. Mr robot XX on January 23, 2023 at 1:54 am

    How do you go back to where you start it?

  14. Gabe GM on January 23, 2023 at 1:57 am

    Great video, been wanting to do this stretch for a while! Do you have to portage at 299 or did you go under? That road looks really low.

  15. Mack Jenkins on January 23, 2023 at 1:59 am

    Man that was a awesome kayak trip with your parents. Man that is awesome just to see a family get out and enjoy being on the water together. I know that water felt good for 99° degree day on the water. I like those sandals that your dad was wearing. I’m trying to find some sandals like that to wear this year for kayaking. There are times when I have to get out and walk in the water over top of rocks & it’s not comfortable Sometimes walking Barefooted 👣 over top of rocks especially when you have a very extremely wide feet. Good video thank you for sharing.

  16. Rather B Fishing on January 23, 2023 at 1:59 am

    Excellent video! I wish that I was in shape to do that. I love the Sam Marcos River. Is there an area that you would recommend for a senior with a Hobie.

  17. Weaponized Confusion on January 23, 2023 at 2:05 am

    What’s the shuttle situation there? I’m looking to travel down because there are zero outfitter or shuttle services in northern texas.

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