John J. Stokes Park at Thompson’s Islands

Thompson Island

Thompson Island

This city park is located on the stupendous San Marcos River just east of IH 35. The park is a good put in for a kayak trip where you can paddle downstream on relatively flat water to San Marcos Retreat or to TG Canoes (~ 4 miles). The easiest place to put in the boats is right at the parking area just off of the street. You should know, however, that portage will be necessary at the Cummings Dam. You also can use this place for a really good old fashioned swimming hole and one of the best places to go is downstream from the first bridge you will cross coming into the park. This is pretty much a locals only swimming hole so be cool.  Be careful if you go down to the concrete structure that forms the water fall because it can get slippery there. Dragonflies are fond of this area during the summer. Dogs are OK if kept on a leash. From IH 35 take the Hwy 80 exit east towards Lockhart. Turn right on River Road and just after the road loops back to the right, turn left onto CR 299/Cape Road. The park is a short distance down the road. You can check in with TG Canoes if you need to rent a yak or if you need river flow information.

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Location Details:

John J. Stokes Park at Thompson’s Islands
300 County Road 299
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-8400
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