Editor’s note: the article was originally published on October 10, 2016. It has since been updated.
Hamilton Pool Preserve, a popular swimming spot just outside of Austin, Texas, has been closed until further notice after multiple water-related emergencies were reported in the area.
The decision comes just days after a man in distress was pulled from the waters by bystanders. According to The Statesman, the visitor was immediately hospitalized with complaints of nausea.
On Oct. 3, the body of a man who reportedly drowned in the pool was found a day after he went missing. A teenage boy was also pulled from the pool after nearly drowning on Aug. 14. Sadly, he also died from injuries relating to the incident the following day.
Before the closure was announced, Travis County officials said they had no plans to add lifeguards in the area. This decision was likely in part to the small budget allowance set by the county’s Commissioners Court.
As of July, 2017, the swimming hole has been re-opened. You do need to make a reservation and there’s an entrance fee. But, Hamilton pool is a beautiful place and well worth the effort to get there. Reservations are booked out about five weeks, so plan in advance. Also be aware, you’ll have to do some hiking to get there.
Per the Travis County Park’s website, swimming is currently allowed, but there’s no lifeguard.
Call the Hamilton Pool information line at 512-264-2740 for more info or to make a reservation.