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Mission Reach 5th Anniversary

The San Antonio River Authority hosted a photo contest to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Mission Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk. The public submitted photos taken along the Mission Reach to showcase the project’s beauty, recreational amenities and ecosystem restoration efforts. A judging panel selected the top photo from each category and the public voted to help us select the People’s Choice winner! View the winning photos below!

San Antonio River Authority Celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Mission Reach

The Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project successfully restored the ecosystem of a nine-mile stretch of the San Antonio River south of downtown previously channelized for flood control purposes. This unique project restores riverine features and riparian woodlands, reintroduces native plants, enhances aquatic habitat, and reconnects cultural and historical features.

Construction of the project was completed in October 2013. The restored ecosystem consists of 113 acres of aquatic habitat, 334 acres of riparian woodland, 31 riffle structures, 13 acres of embayment habitat, and two river remnants.

Where we are today:
















Restoring the Ecosystem
Restoring Historical Connections


Click here to learn more about recreational opportunities along the Mission Reach section of the Riverwalk.

The project was primarily funded by Bexar County, with additional funding from the City of San Antonio, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the San Antonio River Foundation. The San Antonio River Authority was the project manager during construction and currently oversees operations, maintenance and concessions.


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