Cape’s Dam in San Marcos might not be repaired

Cape's Dam closed in San Marcos
Cape's Dam closed in San Marcos

SAN MARCOS,Texas (KXAN) — The San Marcos City Council is debating whether or not to get rid of or repair Cape’s Dam, which the city took ownership of in January.

Cape’s Dam was damaged during the floods in May. Due to trees and other storm debris, the city decided to shut down that particular stretch of the San Marcos River.

This section of the San Marcos River is a popular area for kayaking and swimmers. If the dam is removed, some believe it may change the water levels that are currently great for recreational use. Some residents also worry removing the dam could be detrimental and allow all the water to drain out of the river–they’d rather see it repaired instead.

Omie Harris has lived near the river her entire life and wants the levels to stay the same. She says she would be devasted if the dam went away because of a special moment she had with her husband of 13 years. She says he proposed to her at a local park where the river runs through.

City Council was expected to review the presentation at Tuesday’s meeting about the impact of removing or repairing the dam but decided to postpone the item until the next meeting. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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