Just a swimming hole on the Colorado River back in the beginning. Deep Eddy Pool got its name from the large boulder that created an eddy where people would come to cool off in the hot Austin summers.
Deep Eddy Pool is an Austin favorite now and since it began. Located in Zilker Park, at 401 Deep Eddy Avenue. The man made pool built in 1915 is the oldest swimming pool in all of Texas.
The City of Austin purchased the pool and resort in 1935, and just two weeks after the sale, a massive flood destroyed the resort, pool and all other attractions. In 1936 the WPA rebuilt the bathhouse, and the pool reopened in July 1936 as a public park.
Just like when it was built so many years ago, today the water comes from the 35 foot hand dug well. This natural fed pool has water tempurature ranges from 65 to 75 degrees. Surrounded by grassy hills and trees where pool patrons can enjoy relaxing between dips. The eight acre recreation area features a BBQ pit, a fishing pier, picnic tables and a play ground. This Austin treasure provides fun and enjoyment to people of all ages.
Deep Eddy Pool is listed as a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and has been the inspiration of various works of art. Texas musician, Jimmie Dale Gilmore wrote the song “Deep Eddy Blues” about the pool and the nearby bar, the Deep Eddy Cabaret.
Deep Eddy is open year-round with limited hours during winter months. Events are hosted there throughout the summer and include swimming competitions and as family movie night series. Pool admission ranges from $1-$3.