What better way to cool off than to jump right in the fresh, cool waters of a Texas swimming hole! Did you know that there are many lakes in Texas? All totaled, there is reported to be 6736 lakes in the state of Texas. Not all of them are accessible to the public and some are tiny.

Note: Many lakes in Texas do not allow swimming because of wildlife or water sports activities. If it’s the weekend and the parks and recreation department is closed, call multiple local businesses near the lake to see if anyone there knows of a swimming-designated area.

Do not swim in a lake that is not specified for it. Many lakes in Texas are manmade, which means there are tree trunks below the water’s surface that make swimming dangerous. There are also wild animals like alligators in some lakes. Be sure that you are in a swimming area and not one for water sports, because motorboats and jet skis are dangerous to swimmers.

Why not make it a goal this spring and summer to enjoy a few of these Texas swimming holes:

Barton Springs Pool: Barton Springs is said to be the best swimming hole in the state because of the beautiful setting and largest flow of cool water from the Balcones Fault. Open year-round.

Medina River: The Medina River is a short, narrow, beautiful river that is reminiscent of the Upper Guadalupe. There is a secluded loop (just north of Bandera) that is a popular spot.

Comal Springs: The largest group of artesian springs in Texas with seven outlets. You will find a long water slide carved into the side of the dam which forms the City Tube Chute on the adjacent river.

Garner State Park: Floating in your tube or paddling in your boat is delightful in this tree lined river with the hills to the west. This is a very popular park and can be extremely crowded on the weekends.

Lake Conroe: Lake Conroe is located approximately one hour north of downtown Houston (via IH-45). Extending 21 miles in length and covering 21,000 surface acres, Lake Conroe is the reserve drinking water supply for the City of Houston and offers clean, clear water for a large variety of recreation (boating, fishing, hunting, golfing, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, pleasure boating, etc.).

Canyon Lake: Known as the Water Recreation Capital of Texas. Canyon Lake has beautiful clear water, striped bass, camping and day parks, hiking trails, and lots of room for recreation. Twenty-three boat ramps provide easy access.

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