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Mission Reach

The San Antonio River Walk is now 15.2 miles in length.  It is referred to in three sections:

Downtown- the original section of the River Walk and what most people envision when they hear river Walk.  It is populated with hotels, restaurants, shopping, attractions and, narrated tour boat rides.

Museum Reach- the approximately four-miles of the Museum Reach extends north of the Downtown section and is lightly populated with condominiums, apartments, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Hotels and several museums which are either directly overlooking the River Walk or a short distance from it. The San Antonio Museum of Modern Art, built in a former brewery, is located directly on the river.  Continuing further north is the Witte Museum, the city's science and natural history museum geared towards both children and adults. The world-class museum has both permanent collections and touring exhibits the whole family will enjoy. The DoSeum, is the city's newest museum and provides hands-on stimulating educational experiences for children starting at pre-school age and up.  Both the Witte and the Doseum are located on Broadway within a few blocks east of the river.  Ten minutes further northeast is the McNay Art Museum. Boat tours do not extend to the Museum Reach but a River Taxi does go as far as The Pearl, another former brewery turned into a chic destination located 1.5 miles on street-level north of Downtown.  It is home to the world-class  Hotel Emma and countless shops, restaurants, a farmer's market, and the San Antonio campus of the Culinary Institue of America. 

Mission Reach- the Mission Reach extends south of the Downtown section.  It transformed an eight-mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a riparian woodland ecosystem. This section has riverine features and riparian woodlands, It is home to native plants and a lively aquatic habitat. It is named the Mission Reach because it connects four of the five UNESCO status San Antonio Missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission Espada, Mission San Jose, and Mission Concepcion.  the fifth mission, The Alamo, is located one block east in the heart of the Downtown River Walk,

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Riffles were added to the flow of water which is important for the water ecosystem. Aquatic Habitat Restoration: Eight miles of river length 113 acres of aquatic habitat Riffles, runs & pools sequences 13 acres of embayments

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http://www.sanantonioriver.org/mission_reach/ecosystem_restoration.php Riparian Woodland Restoration

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https://www.sariverfoundation.org/river-initiatives/mission-reach/whispers/ The Mission Reach is punctuated with original artwork such as this one called "Whispers" created by Belgian artist, Arne Quinze. It was installed in 2016. This art installation was funded by the San Antonio River Foundation.

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https://www.sariverfoundation.org/river-initiatives/mission-reach/yanaguana/ An additional art piece located on the Mission Reach inlcudes this metal bench. The artist, Riley Robinson, laser cut the Native American Indian name for the river, "Yanaguana," into the cover. The sun casts a shadow of the word onto the land. This piece was commissioned and funded by the San Antonio River Foundation. A totla of 9 art pieces are located on the Mission Reach.

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Kayaking is a popular activity on the Mission Reach section of the River Walk. The public may bring their own or reach out to a rental company for equipment and instruction.

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Mile markers are embedded in the walking path. San Fernando Cathedral is the zero mile mark.

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9-miles of a smooth walking & biking path exist along the Mission Reach. Along the trail are four portals that lead from the walking paths to four of the UNESCO Missions.

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A beautiful art-bench along the Mission Reach path

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In 1998 a concerted effort began to restore the 13-mile stretch of the River Walk ecosystem that had been damaged when flood control initiatives took precedence. The project was completed in 2013. http://www.sanantonioriver.org/

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Espada Dam is located on the Mission Reach segment of the River Walk

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This tree was planted on April 24. 1966 in memory of President John F. Kennedy. the thornless Moraine Honeylocust is from the Kennedy estate in Hyannisport, MA.

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Bluebonnet wildflowers are plentiful in the Spring on the Mission Reach. Photo credit: San Antonio River Authority

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The Mission Reach abounds with countless bird species and turtles. Photo credit: San Antonio River Authority

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walking, running, and biking are popular activities on the Mission Reach where nature abounds. Photo courtesy of the San Antonio River Authority.

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Kayaking on the Mission Reach is a popular activity. The public is welcome to bring their own kayak to launch or contact a local kayak company who provide equipment, instruction as needed and a guided experience.

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Man-made riffles create oxygen in the water which is important for wildlife. They are also fun for the kayakers!

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