Texas State University - Spring Lake Feasibility Study

The Spring Lake area is one of the most environmentally and archaeologically significant sites in the entire country. Located on 40 acres of land and water, including San Marcos Springs, the headwaters of the San Marcos River. The project includes Spring Lake Hall that houses The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the Wetlands Walk, a trailhead to Spring Lake Preserve, and Spring Lake itself. The property serves as a location for environmental and water research and curricula, a conduit for education and outreach, and is considered a valuable campus and community amenity.

Texas State University’s goal for the site was to provide effective stewardship of the existing springs and the lake habitat in accordance with the university’s mission. A Steering Committee was responsible for guiding decision-making throughout the process. The project scope included 1) assessing existing conditions, 2) understanding the relationship of the Spring Lake area with the other entry points to the university, 3) identifying the constraints and opportunities of the site, 4) exploring the potential for research and educational opportunities, and 5) identifying ways to enhance the visitor and user experience.