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COVID-19 Updates

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The Meadows Center is open to the public in a limited capacity Monday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We are thrilled to welcome you back! 

On this page, you’ll find some information you’ll need to know for your upcoming visit to Spring Lake.

March 8 Update:

The health and safety of the Meadows Center's visitors and staff remains our number one priority. The Meadows Center will continue to follow Texas State University guidelines and keep the COVID-19 safety protocols (listed below), including mandatory face coverings for all staff and visitors, in place through the end of the semester following Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order. 

What to Expect

Your visit will be a little different than in the past--all guests will be required to preregister online for glass-bottom boat tours as well as volunteer dive and open water checkout dives. You can read more below about the steps we’re taking to keep you safe.

Safety Precautions

As a result of the COVID-19 health pandemic, some procedures at Spring Lake have changed; please bear with us as we implement new procedures and work through the challenges of reopening Spring Lake safely and with all necessary precautions in place.

To ensure your health and safety, please follow these new policies:

  • Guests are required to wear face masks at all times. 
  • Please practice social distancing by staying six feet apart from others. 
  • Outdoor facilities, such as the wetlands boardwalk and the trails at Spring Lake, are open to the public during operating hours. Indoor facilities, such as the Discovery Hall and Meadows Center office buildings, will remain closed except to essential personnel.
  • Glass-bottom boat tours will be available on a reservation-only basis. Boat tours will run at 50 percent capacity and the open-air boats will also be equipped with plexiglass to create a barrier between boat drivers and guests. 
  • Boat tour and scuba diving guests will be required to check-in at the Meadows Center's ticket kiosk upon arrival. Please bring your reservation confirmation with you. 
  • Bathroom facilities will be limited to 3 people at one time. 
  • No gatherings larger than 10 people are permitted.
  • Please do not visit if you are feeling sick. If you are sick, please stay home.

Ticket reservations are required for all guests, including volunteer scuba divers and open water checkout instructors.

A key part of our plan to safely reopen is shifting to timed, advance ticketing. All guests must purchase their glass-bottom boat tickets in advance online for a specific date and entry time; Spring Lake Annual Pass holders and guests with promotional passes, such as gift certificates and Texas State employee vouchers, must reserve their complimentary tickets online in advance as well. Boat tours are offered every hour, with the last tour leaving at 4:00 p.m. 

Volunteer scuba divers and open water checkout dive instructors must reserve their diving date and time online in advance. View all diving policies and procedures.

We are not conducting group field trip tours at this time. The trails at Spring Lake and wetlands boardwalk will be open with no reservation required. The Discovery Hall and offices at Spring Lake Hall will remain closed to the public.

Vehicles parked at the Meadows Center must display a valid Texas State University parking permit between 7:00pm Sunday - 5:00pm Friday. One-day temporary permits are available for $3 at the pay-and-display station located near the ticket kiosk.

Spring Lake Diving Policy and Procedures

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  • Hours

    • Hours for diving are as follows for Instructors using the Training Area and Volunteers diving throughout the Lake:

      Weekday Hours

      • Open Water Checkout Instructors: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      • Volunteers:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


      Weekend Hours

      • Open Water Checkout Instructors:  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      • Volunteers:  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


    • The Training Area will be restricted to 24 open water students per day, and volunteers will be restricted to 8 divers per day. 

    • All divers must sign in at the Ticket Kiosk within the first 30 minutes of their scheduled time.  No exceptions.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of your dive that day.  For example, if you are an instructor scheduled at 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Training Area, your check-in time is 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

      All divers must sign out at the Ticket Kiosk when their dive is complete, notifying staff they are leaving the premises for the day. 

    • Whether staging and entering the water at the Training Area or Sycamore Point, all personnel must adhere to demarcations and make every effort to maintain 6 feet of distancing.  If 6 feet of distancing cannot be met while outside, all personnel must wear a cloth face covering until they are ready to splash.

    • All divers immediately after exiting the water must revert to maintaining 6 feet of distancing and/or wearing a cloth face covering as quickly as possible. 

    • Cloth face coverings must always be worn on the premises when 6 feet of distancing cannot be met while outside.  Cloth face coverings are mandatory while inside any structure, regardless of distancing.  Failure to do so may revoke your ability to dive at Spring Lake. More information on face coverings can be found here.

    • The process to request time in the Training Area or Volunteer in the springs is no longer accomplished by emailing the Dive Coordinator.  Now, all requests are done by completing and submitting an online form for the Training Area or for a volunteer dive, which are found below.  

    • We ask that all visitors pledge to protect themselves, others, and our Texas State Community and take the Bobcat Pledge found here. Instructors and Volunteers will be asked to confirm they have taken this pledge before visiting Spring Lake.