Ok, ok we know this place is east of IH 35 but it is on the strikingly beautiful San Marcos River so that alone qualifies for inclusion on our list of places to visit. These nice folks sell and rent yaks and they know a whole lot about the river. They have been open for decades and this is a favorite place for boy scouts, girl scouts, church groups and individuals to come rent boats. And by the way, they have a very nice selection of canoes and kayaks for sale. They also give paddling instructions and can give you some kayak trail suggestions. Be sure to ask them about portage around the Cummings Dam if you are going to be paddling on that run of the river. Take the Highway 80 exit off of IH 35 in San Marcos and head east a couple of miles until you get to CR 101/Old Bastrop Highway where you will turn right. Follow that road until you can turn left onto CR 102 and then follow the signs for San Marcos Retreat and that will take you to TG. This is also a good place for looking into buying a used boat at the end of the season if you are interested in a sit on top.