UPDATED November 16, 2020:
Five Mile Dam is Open
Hays County reopened Five-Mile Dam Park on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 following several months of being closed due to COVID-19 related concerns. It’s a great time to get outside, get some fresh air and enjoy the slightly cooler temps in our area, but cautioned everyone to continue with normal COVID-19 safety practices: wearing masks, staying distanced and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer.
Normal Park Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Please Note: Park gates CLOSE at 6 p.m., 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:
Thursday November 26, 2020 (Thanksgiving)
Friday December 25, 2020 (Christmas)
Friday January 1, 2021 (New Year’s Day)
Sunday April 4, 2021 (Easter)
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.
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.
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 contact the San Marcos Area Youth Soccer Organization at www.smsoccer.org or call 512-392-0972.
The Soccer Complex features 10 soccer fields (four are lighted), a concession stand, playscape, walking paths, restrooms and parking.