Spring Lake: Unique in the world
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 threated 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
No natural resource is more important to our future than water. And, Spring Lake is as pristine a body of water as you’ll find. So The Meadows Center offers a limited number of opportunities for you to explore and help protect Spring Lake.
Dive Shop owners: Contact us to learn about our open-water checkout dive opportunities. You can offer an opportunity unrivaled for thousands of miles. E-mail us at DiveCoordinator@txstate.edu
People interested in SCUBA diving: Contact your area dive shops to find an instructor who participates in our open water checkout dive program – and let them know we’re considering new partnerships.
Certified SCUBA divers: Certified divers who are interested in conservation are invited to take our Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course. Those who successfully complete the course will become part of The Meadows Center’s Aqua Corps and will work as citizen scientists to help maintain and monitor the aquatic resources of Spring Lake. E-mail us at DiveCoordinator@txstate.edu.
Everyone is invited to Explore Spring Lake: More than 125,000 people each year experience Spring Lake’s interpreter-led tours, glass-bottom boats, glass-bottom kayaks, wetlands walk, aquaria and interactive exhibits, and 251-acre natural area.
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.
Photos courtesy of The Underwater Designer, Jennifer Idol