San Marcos River Underwater Cleanup

January 20–21, 2018

Steve “Oggie” Ogden


The Diving Rebels Scuba Club will continue our annual tradition of participating in an underwater cleanup of the San Marcos River on Saturday, January 20, 2018. We will plan to start the dive at our usual meeting place in San Marcos at the south side of the Aquarena Springs Drive Bridge at the river at approximately 1:00 pm. As usual, I am the outing coordinator, and my cell number is (214) 641-6013. If you can’t attend the January membership meeting and sign up for the outing then, you’re still welcome to join us; just contact me at my cell number or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. On the day of the outing, call if you are running a bit late so we know to wait for you.

We will enter the water on the south side of the bridge and exit at Rio Vista Park, about one mile downstream. For the most part, this is a relaxing fresh-water drift dive—in some spots early in the dive, you can obtain a stable, motionless position and let the current move you along. Depending on the water level, there may be some rather shallow spots about halfway along the dive, but they are navigable.

We will have first- and second-place prizes for the collectors of the most trash as well as for the collectors of the most unusual piece of trash as voted by the participants. So bring your mesh laundry bags and/or onion sacks, and be prepared to scour the river bottom for “collectables.” Last year’s trash collection champion was Cathy McWilliams, while Travis Wells won the crown as collector of the most unusual trash item. Let’s see who’ll win the titles in 2018!

After the dive, we’ll decide where to meet for our traditional Saturday evening dinner together. Last year, several of us ate at a wonderful restaurant called the Root Cellar Café, so that is a possibility.

A number of reasonably priced motels are located fairly close to the river in the San Marcos area. You can check out available hotels at I’ve already booked a reservation at the Motel 6 just north of Aquarena Springs Drive (see the motel information below), also on the west-side access road along I-35 ( Camping is also available in the area if you are so inclined.

Motel 6 San Marcos - North #4977

1701 North I-35, Exit #206

San Marcos, TX 78666

(512) 395-8000

On Sunday morning, January 21, we most likely will follow our past practice of meeting for breakfast at Herbert’s Grocery & Taco Hut ( After breakfast, outing participants who have completed the Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course (DAC) or the former Diving for Science or Scientific Diver certification programs will have the opportunity to perform a volunteer “work” dive in Spring Lake at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (former Aquarena Center) beginning at approximately 10:00 am. Anyone who is planning to participate in an upcoming DAC event or would like additional information on this training is welcome to join us as an observer to obtain some idea of what is involved as a trained volunteer diver at this great diving venue. In the spectrum of my diving experiences, I consider Spring Lake to be the premier inland diving experience. Ocean-quality visibility is to be expected, and there are endemic flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.

Hope to see you in San Marcos!