05-24-2011, 09:04 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
| | Re: DFWAPC & HAAPS San Marcos River Trip
Sunday May 22nd, 2011
HeyPK (Paul) from central Mississippi drove over 500 miles to meet up with us in San Marcos. He camped in New Braunfels on the Guadalupe River and traveled between New Braunfels and San Marcos both days. Paul had made this trip in 2004 and had found crypts (beckerii) near an old 50's aquatic plant farm that used the river to grow their "crop". One of our goals was to find these crypts. Unfortunately, they are considered invasive and the state has done its best to eradicate these plants from the river. After our trip produced no crypts, we concluded the state had been successful in reducing their numbers.
Paul and I decided to hook up Sunday and take a canoe trip down the river. We went to TG Canoe and Kayak rental next to Pecan Park. We chose the 5 mile trip and put in at John Stokes San Marcos River City Park around noon.
Here's a few pictures from our adventure.
We rented a 2 person canoe at TG Canoes and Kayaks
HeyPK (Paul) gathers his gear
Unloading the canoe
Getting ready to launch below a dam
There were quite a few obstacles in our path. We went under this one to the right
Turtles (Red Eared Sliders?) basking in the sun. We saw many.
This Cyprus is in the middle of the river. The base is the size of a large Hummer.
This must be a popular spot....
A-Frame island. I figure it won't be long before sediment settles/catches here and an island forms.
This hyacinth and elephant ear patch (75-80 feet wide) was one of the larger ones we found. Both are considered invasive and are in line to be removed.
Water lily, Taro (elephant ears), and water hyacinth.
A nice stretch of the river. The water is blue-green and has very little sediment. Most cloudiness is due to decaying organic matter or excessive turbulence.
Approaching the (privately owned) Cummings Dam
We had to portage around the dam and had to lower the canoe 15-20 feet down the spillway via rope. We found the spillway to be covered with various ferns.
The old wood and stone Cummings Dam, located on the San Marcos River just below the confluence of the Blanco River. The dam was built in 1905-1914 for irrigation and generation of electricity.
We encountered hundreds of inebriated tubers the last 3/4 mile. It was a chore to get through them all. We pulled out to the left side of the picture, ending our 5 mile float.
Although we didn't find crypts, we enjoyed the trip, fresh air, sun, and bikini-clad tubers. -==============- Link to HeyPK's 2004 San Marcos River report
PS: More pics to follow.