Don's Fish Camp - Martindale, Texas


The community of patrons at Don's Fish Camp likes a good party. 

"Dons san marcos" "tube san marcos" "Don's Fish CAmp"

Don's Fish Camp updates 08/17/2014:
-Hotties now work the register at Don's
-Complete redesign of bus barn, rental/entry shack, bus lanes. Very quick.
-Camping parties seem to be getting more popular here as the other tubing places absorb tube rental-only business
-patrons are complaining that they must pay $5 per person entry while the other tubing operations don't charge entry
-Remember: Less litter = Less law enforcement (kudos)







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Don's Fish Camp Hours and Prices:


"Don's Fish Camp" "san marcos tubing" SAn marcos river"Don's park entry PER PERSON:
$5.00 day pass, $10 camp fee

 Rental prices from website

*subject to change

Monday- Friday 11-5:30
Saturday- Sunday 10:30-6:00.

Directions to Don's Fish Camp






Directions to Don's Fish Camp:

Don's Fish Camp is located at the end of Nelle street (a dirt road with a red street sign), just off Main Street in Martindale, Texas. Head east out of San Marcos, on Hwy 80 towards Martindale. Turn right at Main street (a 45 degree turn) then turn right again on Nelle.

-DON'S FISH CAMP- RED MARKER


Don's Fish Camp
448 Nelle Lane 
Martindale, TX


Toobing at Don's
Tube rental is preferred by most patrons of Don's Fish Camp. Park up top and pay for tubes at the new stand.  Your float will begin at county road 101 bridge. Bus rides and toobes can be obtained onsite. Expect lines during peak times.  It is approximately a 3.5-4 hour float.  If you bring your own tube, you will still need to pay $5 for each person toobing to Don's Fish Camp.





"Don's fish camping" "San Marcos river party"

Camping at Don's
River side camping at Don's is $10 per person per night and includes day use, trash cans, fire rings, porta poties, grills, tables and fishing. No assigned spaces, primitive camping only. Gates close at 10pm.

*Warning*  The typical tent sites quickly become an island surrounded by flood waters during flash floods upstream. Monitor the river or leave for your safety during heavy rain events.

 


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43 comments:

  1. What is the last day this year that Don's will be handing out tubes?

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    1. Short answer- No certain day; Its when the people stop coming.

      Long answer- Don's will be shifting to weekends only service "soon", and will continue San Marcos River tube rentals and bus shuttles "for a while anyways, as long as tubers are coming still"

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    2. Did soon already come arround?
      Bottom line, will Don's still be open next Monday the 24th?

      THX

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  2. is don's effected by the can ban? or is it outside of city limits

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    1. Don's Fish Camp is outside the can ban (New Braunfels) and pending alcohol ban (City of San Marcos Parks). Don's will stay unregulated as long as we don't litter. Thanks for asking and enjoy the river!

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  3. Does anybody know the water level at Don's Fish Camp? Can we take beer, specifically cans?

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    1. The water lever is very nice and disposable cans are fine. Thank you!

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  4. Is Don's mostly for college students? What about families with young children?

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    1. Don's is mostly enjoyed by students and partiers from Austin. Liesure Camp or Pecan Park would be a better choice for families.

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    2. We go with our 7 yr old and have friends do the same with their kids. Our's has been tubing since she was 4. Best bet is to get there early, 10:30 - 11.00. Any later and it's like a spring break party. If there's enough people, they'll start running the buses at about 11. They're going to be around drinking no matter what time of day or river in my experience, so be comfortable with that. This river is so much better for kids as it's not in the city and isn't overly-crowded if you go early enough.

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  5. If you pay the $10 camp fee, do you also need to pay for the $5 day pass?

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  6. If you have specific questions about pricing, it would be best to call (512) 357-1285 for the most current information.

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  7. what type of cooler can you use on the river?

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    1. Anything but styrofoam. It is best to use the inflatable coolers for sale at Walgreens in San Marcos for $20.

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  8. People do like to party at Don's Fish Camp. Last weekend I surfaced while snorkeling to over hear some people saying, "ooooh I smell WEED." Hell yeah you smell weed, its Don's Fish Camp, where people *literally* live in the van down by the river. Who cares?

    I'm pretty sure weed will be legalized soon anyway.

    There are plenty of places in town and nearby like Pecan Park or Leisure Camp for straight edgers to enjoy themselves.

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  9. Whats a better weekend for The 4th this year?? Weekend before or after???????

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    1. I am camping on the days following the 4th... I have a long weekend starting on the 4th.

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  10. dons is the best! whooooa party!

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  11. What time will Don's be open for the 4th of July?

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    1. The park opens by 9 I think and the tube buses start shortly after.

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  12. I see closing time is 5:30 on Friday and 6 on Saturday. Does that mean that is when you stop accepting new tubers or does everyone have to be back with their tubes at these times?

    Thanks

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  13. They way I understand it is that's when they stop accepting new tubers. The park stays open until 10 for day use then you must pay for camping.

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  14. Are there any cabins/hotels near by?

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  15. Aat Liesure Resort camp or maybe Pecan Park. Otherwise, hotels on SaMarcos on i35 are a five minute drive.

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  16. Sorry about the typos, I am drunk driving

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  17. Do they take a fkn card or strictly cash!???!

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    1. Please chill out...

      Entry at Don's Fish Camp- CASH
      Tube rental-I don't know, ehut says they take credit cards on the phone

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  18. So, I've got my own tube & I've never been to Dons before so I expect them to have those those scummy black tubes with patch-kits applied all over the place.

    If so:

    When I bring my own tube and I pay for the entry fee($5).. what would be the fee to ride the bus..? (still $12...?)

    -Frugal Floater

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    1. The tubes are nice, not scummy, and yes its $12 for the ride with or without your own tube. I think Texas State Tubes offers a ride-only option and you'll float the same stretch of river. So they may have a better price for you. Otherwise, float for free from Lions Club to Rio vista and walk back to car in town. Its not the same party but still a nice float. You'll find an entry on this blog for all options described. And I love you.

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  19. It is really a nice location for those who are looking for good camping sites near the Texas. All of the major facilities are there so it is a good option for enjoying camping with friends.

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  20. What time dose the buses stop runnig on weekends??

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  21. Water was nice and cold, crowd was good, and camp was on point

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  22. Is there any parts on the river Where you have to get out and walk, because the water is to low,.or is it all one level?

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    1. The water stays level...

      The depth varies but mostly stays a foot or deeper; its mostly deep and strong even with drought because the San Marcos has a relatively strong spring compared to other places you may tube.

      No walking required, but do raise your butt when the water begins to move fast and you see rapids.

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  23. when will you be closing for the year?

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    1. The park is open year 'round. Tube rentals stop when the crowds stop. No set day.

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  24. How long do you think we will have to wait in line on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend? I'm sure it will be jam packed, but I was hoping for a rough estimate if we showed up between 2-3pm. I know you can't give exact time but a time range for line wait would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. I am just a regular customer, and IMHO if you plan on tubing and arrive at that time, you should expect a 30 minute to hour wait from arrival until you board the bus. Its hard to say because a few
      more places have started offering tubes just this year. Last year, peak holiday wait was probably 2 hours.

      Good luck, I hope this helped!

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  25. are pets allowed???

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    1. Yes, pets are allowed. Just make sure your doggy is friendly in social situations because the leash policy is relaxed and dogs constantly run up unattended.

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  26. We are planning a float trip for Saturday, September 15th. Are you still going to be renting tubes and giving rides??
    Its still a hot out!

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    1. Well I'm just some guy who uses Don's a l lot, but yes I am confident tube service will be running next weekend. Have fun! I am going to Don's Saturday and if I find out different, I will post here.

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  27. Does anyone know if Don's is open for floating this weekend?

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