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Old 07-28-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Default Where is a good place to go swimming?

I am looking for a good place to go swimming. I am hoping to find a beach or someplace that is clean and not too crowded. If my only options in Austin are crowded then at least not a bunch of drunk dbags.

Any suggestions?
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Austin
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What kind of swimming? Hanging out or laps?

You have Barton Springs, Bull Creek, Hamilton Pool, the Pedernales River... to name a few...
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Jollyville
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Lake Travis best fits the "with a beach" description. Mudd Cove at Pace Bend park has a nice flat sandy area (not like beach sand - more like lake bottom sand) and it's large enough you can carve out a spot without being annoyed by crowds.

Barton Springs or Deep Eddy for in-town spots.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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What kind of swimming? Hanging out or laps?
Just hanging out and relaxing.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Funny handle considering the question

Windy Point? If you don't mind nudity, maybe hippie hollow?

W/O beach, I'd second the recommendation for Deep Eddy, that's usually the "calm" alternative to Barton Springs Pool.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Funny handle considering the question
I can keep myself afloat but prefer to have my feet on something fairly solid. I'm not out there showboating like some kind of otter doing flips.

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I will check these places out.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Ditto the recommendation for Pace Bend Park, there are also lots of areas where the banks are stair steps of limestone ledges leading down into the water that are less populated affording you more privacy.

If you are willing to drive farther to the North side of the lake.

1. Arkansas Bend on Lake Travis is excellent especially if you go all the way down and out to the SE point.

2. Farther to the West if you go all the way out Lohman Ford Road to Ventura Blvd and take it all the way west to the SW tip of that penninsula there are is a public park and some nice beaches there. They are really nice when the water on the lake is low, they have some of the finest sand beaches in Texas.

These are both great places to visit by boat.
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