Aquarena Springs, San Marcos, TX


Posted: November 4, 2009

Category: North America, Texas, United States, View All

Aquarena Springs Blvd.
San Marcos, TX 78666
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Very clean aquafer, drinkable near the source, may want to use filter though. Great swimming, Texas State University nearby, lots of people and families. Canoe and kayak rentals and tubing.

Nearest Address

Aquarena Springs Blvd.

Directions from Nearest Address

Located next to Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Vital Information

  • Fee: None
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: 72 F
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:



Map Link: Aquarena Springs Map

Submitted by: Michael Manneback

  1. indigocenter says:

    Is there available acquiring the water to drink?

  2. Bishop, Carolyn says:

    I went today and was not able to find where water could be gathered. It seems that they don’t want you harvest water. It is too bad because there is so much there!

  3. Ben K says:

    Can someone please tell me what location of the springs that water can be gathered to drink?

  4. blueberry says:

    you can fill from the waterfall by the restaurant, a steak house…. you should filter it though, … i have friends who have been drinking this water during good weather for years…(avoid during rain) they are quite healthy, so i wouldn’t fear the water, they filter it though, using system bought from REI –  and they use a separate and designated gathering container – and filter into a new glass container….  I don’t have a filter of this type and myself and they agree, if you can’t filter it, avoid drinking as a main source of water..people do walk around that area near where you can gather the water…

  5. mandy says:

    I drank water which was gathered closer to Aquarena Center, at the headwaters. You can see the water bubbling up out of the rock just under the surface of Spring Lake. Put your container in the water, up to the bubbling and moving fresh water escaping from the rock, so as to keep as much bacteria out as possible. It’s best to filter it as well.

  6. Jym Evans says:

    The source used to be a theme park. It was condemned after a bad flood. The area was purchased by Texas State University and they have made it in to a small park with glass-bottom boat rides where you can see the source where it is pumping 400-500 gallons of fresh spring water per minute. This is PLENTY of water in abundance and THEY SHOULD TAP IT and make a source to fill bottles… but they are very serious about the endangered species of fish there and refuse to even let you dunk your bottles there .. [LOL .. I’ve been warned] Maybe if us San Martians rally together they will make a TAP to the source. I seriously doubt it however …. There are 8 known species listed as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, that live in the San Marcos region of the Edwards Aquifer.

    • Karisma says:

      Haha humans are gonna go extinct without drinking fresh water and bc of plastic. They should let you fill gallons though. You’re not gonna fill a gallon with a fish in it. There’s enough for us and the fish.

  7. Emma Adams says:

    Has there been any recent developments on the availability of the springs in San Marcos for drinking? I started college here in the fall and really want to start drinking fresh spring water in the spring semester. I want to experience the health benefits of Fresh water!

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