Located near the Ladybird Hike and Bike Trail in Downtown Austin, the Deep Eddy Pool is a man-made swimming hole fed by an underground spring that features free swim and swim lanes, a bathhouse, and more.
Deep Eddy Municipal Pool has a long history. As the oldest swimming pool in the state of Texas, some version of Deep Eddy has been around since the 1920s, when it was nothing more than a natural Eddy formed by a large boulder on that section of the Colorado River. In the 20s, A.J. Eilers purchased the land around Deep Eddy and built a resort on the site, with the natural pool as the main attraction. He renamed it Deep Eddy Bathing Beach and added several attractions, including a wacky 50ft tall horse diving board.
Over the years, Deep Eddy has changed quite a bit. In the 30s the City of Austin bought the pool for a cool $10k. A few months after the purchase a massive flood destroyed the existing bathhouse. During the Depression era, the City of Austin and Works Progress Administration teamed up to rebuild the bathhouse and it still stands today, as a repurposed facility for other city projects.
Today, The Deep Eddy Pool is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic landmark. The pool itself is fed by a man-made well so the water temperatures remain cool all year long, at around 70 degrees, just a bit warmer than the nearby Barton Springs.
Deep Eddy Address, Contact & Hours
The Deep Eddy Pool is located at 401 Deep Eddy Drive in Austin, Texas, 78703.
Pool administration and staff can be reached at 512-472-8546.
The pool is open varying hours throughout the year. Typically, the pool is open from 8 AM until 8 PM. There is an entrance fee. Residents age 18 to 62 pay just $5, while non-residents pay $9. Seniors who are residents pay $2, and $5 for non-residents. Children aged 1 through 11 pay $2 if they are residents and $4 if they are non-residents. Juniors, children 12 to 17, pay $3 if they are residents and $5 if they are not.
Residents say this is the best place in the city to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Visitors love that they can lay out by the pool to soak up some rays or read and then hit the lap pool for a swim. However, they note that the pool does fill up quickly in the summer, so they suggest you show up early to grab a spot, and they remind you to bring your own towels. Reviewers say this inexpensive pool is a perfect 70 degrees all year round.