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Old 03-21-2009, 06:01 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Default swimming w/ my dog

Hi all, is there anywhere in or around Austin that I can take my dog (preferably off-leash) swimming? Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:19 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure they can go in Bull Creek. You can see it from 360 between 2222 and Spicewood, but I think you access it from the road that goes behind Sienna/Waterloo. Also, check this out for more info about Dog places Dog Parks - Austin - Tools (http://www.independencetitle.com/tools/Dog-Parks---Austin - broken link)
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Below the Zilker Pool dam.
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Dogs can, indeed, go swimming in Bull Creek, and below Barton Springs Pool.
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Cool, thanks! Is below Barton Springs pool that area that looks really green & gross (on the right facing Barton Springs when you first walk in)? Or is there another area that I don't know about? I'll go check it out today.

I have to admit, I'm a little confused about the differences between Barton Springs pool, Barton Springs Creek, Zilker Park, etc...

Is Barton Springs pool part of Barton Springs Creek which is in Zilker Park?
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Cool, thanks! Is below Barton Springs pool that area that looks really green & gross (on the right facing Barton Springs when you first walk in)? Or is there another area that I don't know about? I'll go check it out today.
Yes, that's it -- you can see it from the fence. It goes north up to Ladybird lake, but most of the people seem to hang out fairly close to the fence with Barton Springs Pool.
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I have to admit, I'm a little confused about the differences between Barton Springs pool, Barton Springs Creek, Zilker Park, etc...

Is Barton Springs pool part of Barton Springs Creek which is in Zilker Park?
Here is my lame attempt at explaining it:

Barton Springs Pool is within Zilker Park. It is along and connected to the Creek, but the water comes from the springs which are in the area of the pool (it's dammed up on either end to keep the surface water of the creek out, and the spring water in). The surface water runs through some tunnels, and I think it comes out right at that gross/green part you describe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barton_Springs_Pool

Barton Creek (there is no Barton Springs Creek) and the surrounding greenbelt terminate in that same general area, with the creek connecting up Ladybird lake. You can enter the Barton Creek greenbelt from an entrance there at Zilker, and then follow it southwest against the flow of the creek. The trail is about 7 miles, and along the way there are Barton Creek swimming holes like Twin Falls and Sculpture falls. The closest entrance to twin falls is off S Mopac right across from the 360 intersection (you'll see a bunch of cars parked). This might help a bit more regarding the creek/springs:

Handbook of Texas Online - BARTON CREEK

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sushicircus/531675159/ (broken link) - pics of twin falls by Sushicircus on Flickr. It won't look anything like these pics until after the spring rains (assuming they are pretty decent), so you may want to wait to visit. It's been dry over this winter (but that is not uncommon).

Bull Creek, BTW, is a completely different area. It's also a creek with a greenbelt which flows from the hills NW down to Lake Austin where it terminates near the former Scout Island (now the Courtyard subdivision). The dog park is located off Lakewood drive east of 360. The dog park is adjacent to some huge boulders and a somewhat wider area as a swimming hole (humans & dogs, but mostly dogs).

Here's another dog/people swimming area for you. Off-leash, lots of water and kept at a constant level:

Park Profile: Red Bud Isle

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Old 03-22-2009, 05:19 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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awesome... thanks so much! We tried going to Barton Springs, but there was this massive line to get in, so we went to Bull Creek instead. It was AWESOME! We had so much fun! It's so beautiful and there are tons of dogs, and our dog had a blast swimming. I highly recommend it. I definitely want to check out Red Bud Isle too.
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:06 PM
 
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readymade, all kinds of pets go swimming in Bull Creek. Last time I went hiking there, we saw a family with a boa constrictor!
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:54 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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readymade, all kinds of pets go swimming in Bull Creek. Last time I went hiking there, we saw a family with a boa constrictor!
HAH! It's a good thing that didn't happen yesterday... my dog would make a tasty little snack for a boa!
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:43 PM
 
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HAH! It's a good thing that didn't happen yesterday... my dog would make a tasty little snack for a boa!
What kind of dog do you have?
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