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Deep Eddy: Austin’s Secret Swimming Hole

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Tony Maples Photography


This City of Austin swimming pool has been around since 1915, but many Austin residents don’t know a thing about it. Barton Springs gets all the attention and the crowds. In fact, you may have driven to Austin with your swimsuit and been disappointed to find the line there way too long to wait in (we country folks don’t do well in lines). Bring the kids to Deep Eddy instead, where the water temperature averages 74 degrees year round.

A Large Swimming Pool Open Year Round

Deep Eddy Overview

Photo: Robert C Deming

This pool is in two sections, and one section is emptied each night into the adjacent Colorado River and refilled with fresh, clean water from the Edwards Aquifer. Because the water is refreshed so often there is no chlorine or other chemical used, which is much appreciated by regular swimmers. The pool was originally a private resort but has been owned by the City of Austin since 1929.  A tile mural shows the history of the pool through its many years, and tree shaded grass is appreciated by the many families who use the pool regularly.

A Place to Swim Laps

Deep Eddy River View

Photo: Robert C Deming

Many swimmers are regulars, but there are also many beginners. The pool is staffed with lifeguards to keep you and your family safe. Although the 74-degree water may seem cold at first, it is easy to get used to and on a hot, sunny day is superbly refreshing.

A Shallow End for Beginning Swimmers and Kids

Deep Eddy Corner View
Photo: Robert C Deming

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