Spring 2024 Message from the GM

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General Manager Derek Boese in a kayak

Derek Boese

Derek Boese, JD, PMP General Manager

The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) is snapping and paddling into spring. Come out and join us as we explore and enjoy the San Antonio River Basin. The 7th Annual River Clicks Photo Contest is underway and the Race the River Paddling Series begins on April 21st.

River Clicks Photo Contest

The River Authority’s annual River Clicks Photo Contest kicked off March 1st and runs through May 31st. We timed the photo contest to coincide with spring so photographers of all ages and skills can capture the flora and fauna emerge from winter. Wildflowers are abundant with the recent rains, so grab your cameras, or phones, and start snapping winning pics.

bee and flower

Judges Choice Goliad County Winner: Wilfred Korth

The spotlight categories this year are the River Authority’s two newest parks, Hendrick Arnold Nature Park and Trueheart Ranch Nature Park. The other categories include: Aerial, Creeks & Rivers, Domestic Pets, Plants & Animals, Recreation, Seasonal Variation, and Students (under 18). For more details, head to the contest website.

For those that enjoy a workout or being able to see things from a new perspective, the River Authority, in partnership with the San Antonio River Foundation, is launching the Race the River Paddling Series.  We invite amateur and experienced paddling racers from all over are invited to take part in 4 races across the San Antonio River Basin.

The series will provide paddling experiences on the Mission Reach, SASPAMCO, and Goliad paddling trails and the first ever nighttime race on the historic Downtown River Walk. There will be prizes for the top three finishers in each category in each race. These races will draw together paddling enthusiasts from across the region and state to visit and become part of our river community. Head to the race website for more information and registration.


Mission Reach—April 21, 2024

Goliad—May 11, 2024

Downtown Riverwalk—September 6, 2024

SASPAMCO—October 5, 2024

General Manager Derek Boese in a kayak

Join me in the San Antonio River Basin and help the River Authority welcome the South Central Texas spring!


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The Acequia trail will have heavy traffic near MROC starting May 22nd until further notice. The SAWS Acequia project will be bringing in crews to work on the lift station site and across the street. There will have flaggers to stop traffic, please use caution. 

SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

The SASPAMCO paddling trail is open from River Crossing Park to Helton Nature Park.
*Please Note: Paddling Trail from Helton Nature Park to HWY 97 is still closed due to blockages. 

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