DDRC URL: San Marcos River CleanupTrip Description:
DDRC will be lending a hand to the TCRA and TRPA to help clean up the San Marcos River on Saturday February 27th. We will be camping at Shady Grove Campground (FM 1979 and the river in Martindale) on Friday and Saturday nights. We will drive down and camp Friday night. The river cleanup will be Saturday starting at 8:30 AM. Dinner is provided at Shady Grove for all cleanup volunteers on Saturday evening.
This reach of the San Marcos contains a a few small rapids and rock gardens, the Rio Vista whitewater park, two dams to portage, Cottonseed Rapid (FUN at the current level) and a lot of scenery. Difficulty can range from Class I to Class III, but most of it will generally be Class II to easier. Fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon fiber or any other fragile material boats would not be recommended for this trip. The river flows through heavily vegetated banks and adjacent farmland with very little commercial development even though you are never far from a major road or civilization.
Sunday, we will have a short paddle before heading for home
Bring boats rated for up to Class III whitewater, PFD's (lifejackets), paddles (a spare is recommended), a whistle or other signalling device, throwbag, tent, ground pad, sleeping bag, clothing for hot, cold, wet and dry conditions, camp chair, headlamp, plate(s), flatware, drinking cup, personal toiletries and other items that you may want to have with you. A small cooler for drinks and lunches to be carried in your boat would be recommended. Members of the group should coordinate on community gear such as cookware, stoves, fuel, charcoal and other such items.
Bring your own meals. Diner is provided at Shady Grove for cleanup volunteers on Saturday evening. Bring plenty of beverages, but remember - NO GLASS OR FOAM POLYSTYRENE STYROFOAM CONTAINERS!