Barton Springs, Austin, TX


Posted: August 10, 2010

Category: North America, Texas, United States, View All

2100 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78746
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Giant pool of clear water, limestone perk, 64,000 gallon daily flow.

Nearest Address

Zilker Park, Austin

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Giant pool of clear water, limestone perk, 64,000 gallon daily flow.

Vital Information

  • Fee: Last checked was $6 daily pass.
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: 68° F
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

Dawn to dusk most days.


Map Link: Barton Springs Map

Submitted by: Mac

  1. Avocadess says:

    GREAT for swimming — not for drinking! Part of the problem we have here in Central Texas is a LOT of limestone (which equals BAD CALCIUM in the water)…!

  2. TexasBoy says:

    You are right. Limestone is the signature feature all through the Hill Country. That is why the spring water is there in the first place.

    As you say, it is a swimming pool, not a drinking-type spring. It was dammed in the 1920’s to make a deeper pool.

    Folks might want to know that there might sometimes be some nude sunbathing in that vicinity and has been a “hippy hangout”for many years. Some families might not like all that.

  3. Ryan says:

    Where do you guys get your water in Austin?

    • Emmylouwho says:

      We use the municipal water supply but we filter our water with a Berkey water filter..Its hands down the BEST water filtration system…. We have saved soo much money switching from bottled water to the Berkey…Not to mention the thousands of bottles we have saved from being dumped in the landfill!

      • Ca says:

        Yes, I agree about Berkey which our family also use. We live out near Lockhart.

        • JasonQA says:

          We’ve bio-energetically tested Berkey filtered water. It tests poorly for “compatibility with the complex 4 polarities of human bio-energetics”. This may be due in part to the synthetically produced plastic vessel it uses.

          • Jenna says:

            JASONQA, what do you recommend as better than ‘poor’ quality water source? I’ve always heard berkey, but would love to hear more about your research, and the methodology you suggest/utilize. TIA

      • Eoes says:

        It would be better to use the Barton Springs water with the Berkey gravity water filter. The municipal water is too contaminated to deal with.

      • Tonya says:

        The Berkey only works if you already have decent water. We used it for water in Winnipeg and the water tasted so awful and the Berkey didn’t do much in improving the taste. Hence, why we love spring water the best.

    • Candace Windel says:

      Water is Austin goes through the municipal water plant but it primarily comes out of a series of man-made lakes. Austin has wells, but most of the drinking water comes from lake water.

    • Diane says:

      Natural Grocer .. fill your own .. good water. They have the machine at Wheatsville, HEB, etc. bring your jug & fill.

  4. Dsrajer8 says:

    I live in Austin where the Barton Springs are located. It is great to swim but don’t think you are able to fill up a container with the spring water. It just bubbles up directly into the natural pool that is made of damming the Barton creek. The creek itself is polluted with the runoff from paving on surrounding hills when it rains. The fee is $3 not $6 in summer, free in winter. Some people swim year round, the temp. stays F68 year round as well.
    I am still in shock learning that It is not to my benefit to use my water ionizer that I bought specifically to try and alkalize my body in fight with cancer. It has a supposedly good filtration system filtering to 0.01 microns. Perhaps I will just use that and not the alkalizing feature.

  5. Michele says:

    Where can you go in Barton Springs and fill jugs with water (to filter before drinking)? Would the people that work there have a problem watching me watch in and out the gate 10 times with a filled 3-gallon jug?

  6. Michele says:

    “watch in and out” should have read “walk in and out”

  7. Paul Kreitz says:

    It would be cool to get the barton springs water tested for drinkability.
    Like preferably upstream to avoid peepee.

    • Rosana says:

      I was thinking the same thing as I found this today. I have live here since 2001. I would filter, or have checked due that and atmosphere from air contaminants.

  8. Megan Moore says:

    I live in Austin. I doubt you can bottle the water at Barton Springs. Its a deep pool springing from the bottom. I wouldn’t want to gather pool water and if if I did, I really dount the staff would allow it and I’ve never seen anyone doing it. As far as I know, we don’t gather spring water in Austin, TX.
    What about Dripping Springs? Is that just a name, no springs?

    • Candace Windel says:

      Dripping Springs has springs. There are numerous springs in the area. But most, if not all, are on private land. You would have to have permission to enter and to use from the landowner.

  9. There are several springs that feed into the Barton Springs Pool. There is one next to the diving board– just to the west of it (to the right if you are facing the board/pool from the banks of the pool) at a V-shaped crevice in the rocks. There is a rarely manned life-guard stand just above it. Inasmuch as up to 1 million gallons per hour can come out of this spring, I would think that filling your jugs at this source would be perfectly fine. Maybe also filter it? I know the current coming out of the rocks where the Spring is can be very strong! The pool opens at 5:00 am and is free until 8:00 am each morning (also free from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm each night)– I would think going early in the morning and you would not get harassed filling water jugs.

  10. J.S. says:


    New to this glad I found it! I’m a native Texan, living in Austin now for 24 years. Been drinking out of the Barton Creek watershed (pool/greenbelt) for just as long, with zero adverse effects and no filtration used, though drinking sporadically and in small amounts, until recently. Only in the past month have I begun taking a quart jug to the Pool and filling for regular drinking. Again, no filtration, and zero adverse effect so far. I was a Boy Scout and am a US Army veteran, and this is solely MY experience, so, be smart about your practices.. Barton Springs watershed is a highly environmentally sensitive, protected & regulated water zone. (I read that to mean pretty clean, and cleaner than it used to be). I have no idea what the City of Austin would say as to the potability of the water, (municipalities don’t want us to have raw milk either, for example..) but I drink it and so far so good.. The staff/lifeguards are all good-natured, the pool is cleaned on a regular basis (few times per month), and I go either early or late in the day and fill away from other users (*upstream*). Have not taken a gallon+ jug there yet, but a conversation with the staff is likely what I’d attempt first for larger amounts. Thousands upon thousands of people use the springs yearly and I’ve never heard of one incident of toxicity. Due Diligence..

    I sure dig this website and the philosophy behind it. Thank you. Happy drinking, and, cheers everyone!

  11. Jason Segel says:

    Drove all the way to find clean spring water. People in the spring pool said they smelled feces while swimming. I did not go in after hearing that. There is no sanitary place to fill, no fresh run off. Don’t waste your time. I can’t believe people are saying you can get water here. Deception at its finest

  12. Liz says:

    Not sure why anyone would want to drink from this spring. It’s a highly populated spring/pool where people and their dogs swim in/pee in. I’ve seen dogs poop in it it’s gross. Also many homeless people in area use to bathe and who knows what else. Also all along the green belt people do similar things.

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