Max Starcke Park
Max Starcke Park:
A 227 acre park located along the scenic Guadalupe River. The park property was a pecan orchard prior to the park's dedication in 1938. The park offers a variety of recreational activities that include a regulation 18-hole golf course, Wave Pool, natural fishing area, paddling trail, walking trail (0.8 miles), tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. For children, there is a Kids Kingdom Playscape, Little League baseball-softball complex. Pavilion and picnic areas are available throughout the park. For more information please call (830) 401-2480.
Named for William Saffold, who owned land here in the mid 1800's, Saffold Dam is typical of many mill dams built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Originally a natural rock outcropping, the dam was first improved by Henry Troell in the late 1800's when he added rock to the dam to raise the water level to power a cotton gin. The City of Seguin bought Troell's property in 1907 to further develop the river's hydroelectricity, and subsequent improvements have led to the establishment of a hydroelectric plant on the dam's south side.
Texas Paddling Trail: Access from Max Starcke Park West near Bowl Pavilion
Seguin Paddling Trail (Lake Seguin): This is a four mile paddling trail designed for beginning or novice paddlers, with no shuttle or portage necessary. Float time is 1-3 hours (depending on time spent on river, water level, flow rate and wind speed).
Seguin Paddling Trail (Lake Nolte/Meadow Lake): Access at Max Starcke Park East. With two different access points, this paddling trail on the Guadalupe River offers paddlers a variety of opportunities to create their own trip from 2.6 miles up to 8.4 miles in length. This trail is perfect for beginners since no shuttle is needed.