At the headwaters of the San Marcos River, more than 200 artesian springs bubble up to form Spring Lake. Here human history stretches back more than 12,000 years to the last ice age and natural history even further. Spring Lake is a jewel for divers.
Spring Lake at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is home to:
crystal-clear waters that remain a constant 72 degrees year-round
one of the world’s largest aquifer-driven spring systems
eight threatened and endangered species
a state antiquities landmark
the longest continuously inhabited site in North America
ongoing biological and archaeological research and many collaborative projects
Likely the densest population of turtles in the United States..and more
Our diving program partners with select scuba divers to protect and preserve Spring Lake's abundant natural, historical, and cultural resources. We train citizen scientist divers and, in return, they volunteer their time to one of the most unique habitat restoration projects in the country.
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