Note: This map was first published and updated in June 2016.
Important security warning (August 28): Poisonous algae that killed at least five dogs are still found in Lady Bird Lake (particularly on Red Bud Isle – which is closed – Barton Creek and downstream from Barton Springs Pool). Keep dogs completely away from these areas. People are advised to exercise caution on the lake and stay away from algae they see and stay away from the water on the Barton Creek Greenbelt (except for the Barton Springs and Deep Eddy Pools, of course). Swimming holes in these areas have been removed from this map (and are likely dry at the moment anyway.
Are you looking for the coolest, refreshing places to beat the heat in central Texas? We’ve rounded up some of the best and mapped them for you.
A few precautions: some will close or not recommended after heavy rains, they’re not all free, and one – Hamilton Pool – requires reservations (which are totally worth it).
Also, each of the green belt points on this map will dry out over the course of the summer and should be avoided when the water is low, stagnant, and warm. When heading to locations on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, find out if it is safe to swim in them before doing so (both rainfall and a lack of rain can affect this status).
Don’t forget about Austin’s various city pools and splashpads. In addition to Barton Springs and Deep Eddy, Austin’s parks and recreation division operates 50 public swimming pools, including seven municipal pools, 28 neighborhood pools, three wading pools, 11 splash pads, and a rental facility (Commons Ford Ranch). Here is a map of them all.
Do you have it all Now go out and dive in!
Did we leave out one of your favorite spots? Let us know in the comments below.