Swimming in State Parks Great Way to Beat the Summer Heat
August 2, 2013

AUSTIN – With temperatures around the state hitting the 90’s and 100’s, Texans everywhere are looking for a way to keep cool.

Parks around the state offer a variety of swimming options such as spring-fed rivers, lakes, and Gulf water to help the entire family stay cool and enjoy what Texas’ natural resources have to offer.

In the Austin area, state parks such as McKinney Falls, Inks Lake and Pedernales Falls offer an array of rivers and lakes in the heart of the Hill Country.

In East Texas near Houston, Huntsville State Park and Lake Livingston State Park are ideal destinations for river and lake swimming. If wading close to shore on the open ocean seems more ideal, Galveston Island State Park offers beach access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Near Dallas, Eisenhower State Park, Fairfield Lake State Park and Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway offer park visitors a chance to swim in the soothing waters of those lakes, cool off and enjoy a break from the bustle of the city.

In the San Antonio area, Guadalupe River State Park and Palmetto State Park give park visitors a chance to go for a dip and beat the south Texas heat.

In West Texas, Balmorhea State Park is the home of one of the world’s largest spring-fed pools, with water so clear that many people bring their snorkel gear to experience the underwater world first hand.

No matter where you swim, visitors must always be aware of their surroundings and environmental conditions and follow basic swimming safety tips. Tips include recognizing the importance of wearing a life jacket, staying hydrated and swimming in designated swimming areas.

Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for a list of parks around the state that offer swimming.