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Five Mile Dam Parks Complex

Five Mile Dam Park

Hays County Five-Mile Dam Park is open.

Summer Park Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. | Winter Park Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Please Note: Park gates CLOSE at 8 p.m. during the summer. All vehicles must be removed from the park before this time. Any vehicle remaining may be locked in overnight or towed.

All Hays County Parks will be closed to the public on the following dates:

Sunday, April 9, 2023 (Easter)
Thursday, November 23, 2023 (Thanksgiving)
Monday, Dec.25, 2023 (Christmas)
Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 (New Year’s Day)

Side-by-side along the Blanco River, Dudley Connaly Johnson and Randall Wade Vetter Parks offer picnic tables (some shaded by trees or covers), walking trails and access to the river for swimmers and non-motorized boats. Some of the trails are ADA-accessible, as are restrooms located on the property. Nearby is the Five Mile Dam Soccer Complex.

Five Mile Dam Park Rules: 

There is no lifeguard on duty. Swimming alone is discouraged.

Prohibited: Diving, alcohol, firearms, hunting, glass containers, overnight parking or camping, motorboats, skiing, nudity, personal watercraft and rowdy or disruptive behavior. Violators could face fines and/or be removed from the park.

Lost and Found Policy:  All lost items recovered on the property of Five Mile Dam Park will be held for a period of 30 days during which you are responsible for contacting and claiming your item. Any lost item not claimed after 30 days may be subject to disposal by the Hays County Parks Department.

Tree at Five Mile Dam Park

Dudley Connaly Johnson Park became Hays County’s first park in 1973 when Thomas C. Johnson, Jr., of San Marcos donated approximately 16.5 acres of land at Five Mile Dam to the County for a park named in honor of his brother. Johnson Park has a natural setting and beautiful nature views.

Randall Wade Vetter Park was named in November 2003 for the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who lost his life in the line of duty on Aug. 7, 2000, on nearby Yarrington Road. Vetter Park is 18 riverfront acres of trees, natural settings and approximately a quarter mile of Blanco River access. The park has seven BBQ grills with picnic tables and an innovative trail constructed of pervious concrete that is ADA (American with Disabilities Act) approved.

Find Five Mile Dam Park on the Map here.

Soccer Complex

Five Mile Dam parks added a recreational venue on Sept. 18, 2010, with the grand opening of a 43-acre soccer complex developed in conjunction with the City of San Marcos and other partners.

The soccer complex includes a playscape, pavilion and concession stand and adjoins Johnson and Vetter Parks. To schedule use of the soccer fields or concession stand, please contact the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation.

The Soccer Complex features 10 soccer fields (four are lighted), a concession stand, playscape, walking paths, restrooms and parking.

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