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Old 03-22-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Uptown New Orleans
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Does anyone know of a public pool in New Orleans? Or anywhere to swim? We are nowhere near a beach and I'm in SERIOUS need of a swim! I'm from Florida where we swim in every body of water and here you can swim in.... nothing.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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AFAIK, you have to join one of the Ys with pools or a health club. The main public pool was closed back in the 1960s (Audubon Park). We also used to swim in the lake but not sure if that is really safe now. It was getting pretty dirty in the 1990s.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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A few years ago the Sheraton on Canal would sell local passes to use their pool and gym facilities. I am not sure if they are still doing this, but it would not hurt to ask.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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The lake is perfectly safe for swiming, the mouth of Bayou St John has a nice sandy beach type entry starting at 1ft deep progressing slowly to 5-6ft a 100ft or so from shore. It's not Destin crystal clear water, think more river and stream type water.

People swim here all the time when it gets warmer. We like to take our dog out there with us since its the only place we can all swim.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:32 AM
 
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I didn't know that about Bayou St. John - cool!! Fortunately our apartment building has a small pool, but I'll check that out, too.

I'm not really a lake person, but I might be okay with Pontchartrain since it's relatively shallow (for a lake) and brackish, which for some reason seems cleaner to me than a freshwater lake. The closest lake to where I grew up (GA) was Lake Lanier, which is man made and supposedly has towns - including graveyards! - beneath it. This is probably a lie, but it turned me off lakes as a kid!
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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The main question though was public... not private club or buying passes. So I guess the best answer is the lake or bayou saint john. I've frequented the lake but it is dirty. Not in a toxic sense, although one would be wise to ccheck the fecal bacteria counts before taking a dip (I think the times picayune prints those reports daily), but in a broken glass, general rubbish, and debris sort of dirty. You can get behind UNO engineering dept. And swim at the old pontchartrain beach. I'm sure the bayou is much cleaner, well on second thought it probaly is exposed to far more run off from the streets. Your best bet may be to take a drive to pass christian or across the lake. I think the trace may have a public pool, and there I the beach at that state park up there. Of course those options involve driving really far.

Is palmer park pool still open? That private pool club thing that was around in the 90's. I remember going here with friends back then.

You could wait till night time and hop the fences at apartment complexes and swim in their pools, or take an adventure to old lincoln beach, cross the rail road tracks and get through the chain link fence, walk a few minutes making sure not to get arrested/jumped/mugged/etc. and swim in the lake there. I've done that too, but there is a ton of glass in the sand.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:06 PM
 
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I didn't know that about Bayou St. John - cool!! Fortunately our apartment building has a small pool, but I'll check that out, too.

I'm not really a lake person, but I might be okay with Pontchartrain since it's relatively shallow (for a lake) and brackish, which for some reason seems cleaner to me than a freshwater lake. The closest lake to where I grew up (GA) was Lake Lanier, which is man made and supposedly has towns - including graveyards! - beneath it. This is probably a lie, but it turned me off lakes as a kid!
I wouldn't doubt that your lake had a town underneath it. There is one like that in arkansas. Sometimes they would dam streams and rivers to flood valleys to create a big water reserve for a large area. Of course sometimes there were towns in the valleys flooded. The one in AR you can take scuba tours of!
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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There are numerous public pools, including the Whitney Young Pool at Audubon Park. For more information, check out the New Orleans Recreation Department link on the City of New Orleans homepage (The City of New Orleans: HOME).
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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The lake is cleaner than it's ever been, before I moved (6 months ago) I swam in it all the time. The beaches on the southshore have really good readings. You have Pontchartrain Beach at UNO, Old Beach near Bayou St. John, and Lincoln Beach in New Orleans east. I wish they would make a new effort to construct a larger beach with new sand..it seems like common sense to me.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:23 PM
 
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The lake is cleaner than it's ever been, before I moved (6 months ago) I swam in it all the time. The beaches on the southshore have really good readings. You have Pontchartrain Beach at UNO, Old Beach near Bayou St. John, and Lincoln Beach in New Orleans east. I wish they would make a new effort to construct a larger beach with new sand..it seems like common sense to me.
Our friends used to have a camp off Hayne before the hurricane. The water was clear and beautiful. Toward the end of the pier you could see the catfish swimming on the bottom. Lake crabs are the best tasting crabs, IMO. We used to crab off the bridge at the Bayou St. John area where the little tiny beach is.
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