Exploring Spring Lake: Spotlight the Springs


$44 for REI Members

$50 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Minimum age 12
  • Group size 10 people

Join us for a mellow, evening paddle through the crystal clear waters of Spring Lake. We'll watch the sky change colors as it goes from dusk to dark, then immerse ourselves in the nocturnal landscape of this local wonder in a whole new way. Witness the spring's glow under the light of your own high-powered underwater spotlight and learn the history and importance of these ancient springs. No kayaking experience required - we'll bring the gear and provide basic instruction as we get started. To prevent species contamination, please leave personal boats and paddling equipment at home. A truly new way to see this idyllic landscape, you'll get some paddling practice while making some new kayaker pals along the way. Hope to see you on the water!

  • Basic on-the-water instruction
  • Further understanding of kayaking
  • Experience paddling at an exclusive location
  • Learn about Spring Lake's natural history and the importance of its diverse ecosystem

What to bring with you


This class will take place at Spring Lake in San Marcos, TX. There is a $3 parking fee in the main parking lot - debit/credit cards are accepted. You will receive a reminder email 72 hours before your class

Map image of Spring Lake at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University

More directions and information

Spring Lake is located off Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos. Turn into the property via San Marcos Springs Drive, and park in the first parking lot, next to the ticket booth. There is a $3/day parking fee. Restrooms and water foundations are available. Meet the REI instructor(s) at the ticket booth. Please leave all valuables in your car. Dry bags will be provided for keys. For questions, please email Austin-OS@rei.com or call 512-482-3357 Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.