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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.

May 18 Update:

The Meadows Center's indoor facilities (Discovery Hall and Spring Lake Hall) will re-open to the public beginning June 1, 2021. The Spring Lake Education Program's field trips and group tours will also re-open on June 1, 2021. We will begin accepting public event rentals beginning on June 1, 2021. 

To ensure the safety of visitors, staff and students, the Meadows Center strongly encourages the use of masks and appropriate distancing. The Meadows Center will continue to follow Texas State University guidelines and keep the COVID-19 safety protocols (listed below). 

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  • 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. 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 strongly encouraged to wear a face mask and practice appropriate 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 until June 1, 2021.
  • Glass-bottom boat tours will be available on a reservation-only basis. Boat tours will run at 75 percent capacity and the open-air boats will also be equipped with plexiglass to create a barrier between boat drivers and guests. 
  • Field trips and group tours will be available on a reservation-only basis beginning June 1, 2021. Group tours will run at 75 percent capacity. 
  • The Meadows Center will begin accepting Special Event Rentals (i.e. weddings, birthdays, meetings, parties, sporting events) on June 1, 2021. Events will be limited to no more than 75% capacity for outdoor events and 50% for indoor events of the area rented.
  • Boat tour guests will be required to check-in at the Meadows Center's ticket kiosk upon arrival. Please bring your reservation confirmation with you. 
  • No gatherings larger than 15 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.

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 5:00 p.m. 

Group field trip tours will reopen on June 1. The trails at Spring Lake and wetlands boardwalk will remain open to the public, with no reservation required. The Discovery Hall and offices at Spring Lake Hall will remain closed to the public until June 1.

Spring Lake Diving

For information about the latest Spring Lake Diving policy and procedures, please visit the Spring Lake Diving webpage.

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.