El Niño continues to fill up our Austin swimming holes this year.
The past year has brought record rainfall to Austin and helped raise water levels in all of our favorite swimming holes. The rainy days are lessening as summer progresses but Memorial Day weekend has a high chance of rain.
Thursday night dropped nearly a foot of rainfall to parts of Central Texas which lead to flooding in certain areas. The rest of the weekend, with the exception of Memorial Day, do not have high probabilities of heavy rainfall. Follow the weather conditions and check here for flooded areas to keep safe. It only takes six inches of water to knock a person off their feet and 2 feet of water to carry your car away.
Due to a predicted rainy, El Niño summer, we recommend you periodically check Austin’s Parks and Recreation website as city officials reevaluate the safety conditions throughout the summer for our rivers, lakes and swimming holes.
Current Closures for Austin Swimming Holes as of 5/27/16
- Barton Springs Pool reopened 5/26/16 but future closures can be found here (To help protect Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer, join the Save Our Springs Alliance.)
- Springswood Pool closed and reopen is TBD
- Onion Creek Metropolitan Park and Greenbelt closed due to debris from flooding
- Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metropolitan Park’s pedestrian bridge closed due to flood damage
- Check low water crossings & road closures here
- Check here to find out which boat ramps are open or closed (Support our lakes by joining the Lake Travis Community Coalition.)
Additionally, scroll through our detailed guide to keep up with any changes this summer to our beloved swimming holes. Important changes include Hamilton Pool requiring a reservation for entrance and multiple locations have raised the price of their entrance fee.