The Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project has transformed an eight mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a quality riparian woodland ecosystem. This unique project restores riverine features and riparian woodlands, reintroduces native plants, enhances aquatic habitat, and reconnects cultural and historical features.

Mission Reach Grand Opening Spot

2012 Mission Reach TV Spot Featuring Bexar County Judge Wolff

Mission Reach TV Spot featuring Bexar County Judge Wolff

NOW CAST SA - Mission Reach Story

Project Quick Facts:

  • The $271.4 million Mission Reach project was funded by Bexar County ($196.3 million), the City of San Antonio ($6.5 million); USACE ($57.9 million) and through private donations collected by the San Antonio River Foundation ($4.7 million). Funding for utility relocations by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) totaled $6 million. $63.3 million of Bexar County’s funding may be reimbursed by the Federal government should federal appropriations be made for the project per 2009 (Public Law 111-8) Sec. 115.
  • The San Antonio River Authority managed construction of the project.

progress photosAquatic Habitat Restoration:

  • Eight miles of river length
  • 113 acres of aquatic habitat
  • Riffles, runs & pools sequences
  • 13 acres of embayments

Riparian Woodland Habitat Restoration:

  • 334 acres of riparian woodland habitat restored
  • 20,000+ young trees & shrubs
  • 39 native tree & shrub species
  • 60+ native grass & wildflower species

Recreational Elements:

  • Over 15 miles of trails
  • Eight street connections
  • 89 benches, 137 picnic tables, five overlooks with shade structures, nine water edge landings, six foot bridges and four pavilions
  • Four Mission Portals

More Project Facts Available Here.

Educational Information

If your classroom or organization is interested in learning more about the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) has developed a presentation about this project for schools, churches, civic groups, neighborhood associations and other community organizations. To learn more about this free service or to schedule a presentation, please contact Carrie Merson, SARA's Education Specialist, at (210) 227-1373 or fill out this contact form.