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River Features

The San Marcos River flows through Texas State’s campus. It’s home to eight endangered and threatened species, one world-class research and educational center, and countless members of the Bobcat family. Dive into stories about what makes the river special to us.    


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a man pulls his paddle board through the river rice with his dog happily riding along

The River | The 33rd Annual Great River Cleanup

As a unique resource in San Marcos, the river requires care and protection. Each year, the whole community — including many Bobcats — comes together to clean up the river and raise awareness of how our actions impact it.


Past River Features

video about the meadows center history

The River | The Story of Riverside

Sewell Park, once known as Riverside, is a vital part of Texas State’s campus. The park’s history started with mathematics professor Dr. S.M. “Froggy” Sewell in 1917, and our community has been learning from and by the river ever since.

video on the meadows center

The River | Strong Connections, Rich Education

The waters bubbling from Spring Lake are the essence of our city. Meadows Center researcher Thomas Hardy describes the connections — environmental, cultural, educational and recreational — between San Marcos and its river.

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