In order to preserve Spring Lake's future, the area has returned to its past.
Restoring Spring Lake's natural habitat to its original condition has helped protect the eight endangered and threated species that live in the lake, which include the San Marcos Fountain Darter, Texas Blind Salamander, the San Marcos Salamander, the San Marcos Gambusia, and Texas Wild Rice. Efforts to eliminate the presence of non-native plants and animals have allowed native species to flourish.
Buildings and attractions constructed for the Aquarena Springs theme park were dismantled, moved, or demolished. One of the most significant tasks involved removing the two submarine theaters that were submerged in the lake. This short video produced by the University's Educational Technology Center shows how they were lifted out by crane.