Lions Club Tube Rental History
The Tube Rental and River Shuttle are fund raising projects of the San Marcos Lions Club. The Tube Rental is located in City Park. Proceeds from this and other projects allow the Lions Clubs to support many charities and educational opportunities for students.
The San Marcos Lions Club tube rental originally began during the 1970’s out of a cattle truck with a portable air compressor and recycled automotive tubes. They would show up about 10 on the weekends and rent tubes out of a truck behind Joe’s Crab Shack. When the day was over, the tubes were stored in a member’s garage. What started out as 20-40 tube rentals a day has grown to 800-850 rentals a day, making this program the single largest fundraising event by the San Marcos Area Lions Club. Today, we have a building in City Park and each year students from Bobcat Build and other volunteers work with Lions to get the Tube Rental ready for business! Now, the tube rental allows the Lions Club to donate to over 100 charities and individuals in our area.
Groups that have floated with us:
1. Sunshine Kids
2. TX State University Football Team
3. State School for the Blind
4. Southside Community Center
5. Greater San Marcos Youth Council
6. TX State Women’s Basketball Team
Who Benefits from the money raised by the tube rental?
When you come and tube the river at the local San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental, all of the profits go directly to benefit these charities as well as other National Lion Programs! We serve over 100 Charities and individuals in our local community and we gladly serve our community!
• 11 Annual scholarships benefiting area wide high school seniors
• San Marcos River Foundation
• Greater San Marcos Youth Council
• Hays Caldwell Women’s Shelter
• Crime stoppers
• Hays County Area Food Bank
• Southside Community Center
• Boy Scout Troop 112
• Campfire USA
• Adopt a School Program
• Scheib Community Center
• Hays County Salvation Army
• San Marcos Pony League
• Hays County Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
• Eyeglasses/Eye care Programs
• CFPOY Sports
• State School for the Blind
• San Marcos Summer in the Park
• Blood Drives
• San Marcos Parks & Recreation
• Leader Dogs for the Blind
• Brown Santa
• CASA of Central Texas
• Central Texas Life Care
• Green Belts
• Gary Job Corps
• Hays County Livestock Exposition
• San Marcos Youth Soccer
• Sights and Sounds of Christmas
• SMCISD Reading is Fundamental
• TX Lions Camp
• American Heart Association
• South Hays County Emergency Services Dist. #3
• Habitat for Humanity
We begin taking applications in early spring for our summer season. Check back then for a link to our online application.
Lions Club Grants
If you are a non-profit organization in the San Marcos, Texas area and would like to apply for a San Marcos Lions Club grant, please fill out this form online. For more information contact Cody Dailey.
CALL: 512-396-5466 during hours of operation only
ADDRESS: San Marcos City Park
San Marcos, Texas 78666
DIRECTIONS: Click here for map
San Marcos Information
For a list of area attractions, restaurants, shopping and accommodations, visit www.toursanmarcos.com.
Learn more about the endangered species in our river and the Edwards Underground Aquifer.
Check the springs flow rate of the San Marcos River.