Deep Eddy Pool, located right off of Lake Austin Boulevard and Mopac (North of Lady Bird Lake) is a historic, man-made swimming pool in Austin, Texas that started off as a swimming hole in the Colorado River. A.J. Eilers bought the land surrounding the swimming hole in 1915 and created a resort that featured a bathhouse, bathing beach, cabins, concessions, camping, concrete pool and the first of it's kind 50 ft diving board, tall slide, and zip line across the pool.
The City of Austin bought the pool in 1935 and shortly there after experienced a massive flood on the Colorado River which destroyed the resort and all of the improvements. The pool was then rebuilt and reopened in 1936 as a public park. Over the years the city has converted the bathhouse to more general uses and added a playground. Deep Eddy Pool is listed as a historic landmark on the National Register of HIstoric places.
The Deep Edd Pool Today
Deep Eddy Pool is a popular destination for adult swimmers due to its lap swimming pool as well as with children for its large wading pool. The pool is fed from a 35 foot well, and is not chlorinated, with temperature that varies between 65 to 75 °F, so it's quite different from the Circle C, Steiner Ranch & Rough Hollow community pools. The pool is open during daylight hours all year, though hours are shortened during the winter months.
The pool supports a number of sporting events, including the Deep Eddy Mile swimming competition. The pool area also contains the offices for the City of Austin Aquatics Department, and the pool is used to train incoming City of Austin lifeguards.
Quite some time ago Deep Eddy started playing host to movie night similar to the one they host in Circle C. Imagine watching "Jaws" while floating on a raft. The movie is free with paid admission and concessions are available. Admission is $1 for Seniors 62+ and children ages 1-11, $3 ages 18-62, $2 for ages 12-17 and free for children less than 1 year old. All movies begin at roughly 8:30 p.m. and it can get packed depending on the movie.
Address: 401 Deep Eddy Drive in Austin, Texas. No entry fee through March 11, 2016