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THE 25th ANNUAL GREAT TEXAS RIVER CLEAN-UP ( San Marcos River Clean-up)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

On Saturday, March 6, folks from all over Texas will be participating in the world’s longest river clean up. We will be picking up trash along the entire length of the San Marcos River (approximately 90 miles). We do this every year, the first weekend in March.

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. Scuba divers and snorkelers are also urged to participate.

The upper sections of the San Marcos River, particularly just downstream of the City of San Marcos, will require the most attention, and the short mileages set for these sections reflect this. Furthermore, the river becomes less accessible and more hazardous as one goes downstream. For that reason, novice boaters should volunteer for either section 1 or 2 and more experienced boaters for the other sections.

The lower river, from Luling to Gonzales, has several long sections 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 sections 9 – 11.

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. Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening there will be a meal provided by the San Marcos River Foundation ( at Shady Grove / Spencer Canoes.

On Sunday morning at 8 a.m., there will be a non-denominational Christian worship service at the San Marcos River Retreat.

A group meeting will be held for everyone paddling the sections of river between the San Marcos River Retreat and Luling at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Spencer Canoes. Canoe racers paddling the lower river will meet at Palmetto Park at 8:30 a.m. Contact Tim Curry for more info: “wildmancurry at yahoo dot com”. Persons working sections 1 and 2 will meet at City Park in San Marcos at 10:00 a.m.


1. San Marcos City Park to Thompson’s Island (2 miles) Tom Goynes

2. Thompson’s Island to The San Marcos River Retreat (3.5 miles) Tom Goynes

3. San Marcos River Retreat to Spencer Canoes (6 mi.) Houston Canoe Club

4. Spencer Canoes to Staples – Hwy 1977 (5 miles) Jeff Pine 512-297-3500

5. Staples to Fentress – Hwy 20 (9 miles) Tom Goynes

6. Fentress to Prairie Lea 1 (2miles) Spring Woods Canoe Group, Susan Eda:

7. Prairie Lea 1 to Stairtown (5 miles) Tom Goynes

8. Stairtown to Luling – Hwy 90 (6.5miles) Tom Goynes

9 Hwy 90 to Luling City Park (6 mi.) Alamo City Rivermen

10. Luling City Park to Palmetto State Park (14.4 mi.)Canoe Racers: Tim Curry, wildmancurry at

11. Palmetto State Park to Gonzales Hwy 90A (14.8 miles) Canoe Racers: Tim Curry, wildmancurry at

12. Gonzales 90A to Gonzales 183 (10 mi.) Canoe Racers: Tim Curry, wildmancurry at

Tom Goynes (coordinator) 512-392-6171; e-mail:

To get to the San Marcos River Retreat: 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 Canoe Livery) and the road will end at the the San Marcos River Retreat office. For more info call Tom Goynes at 512-392-6171 or visit our website at

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