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Was in Austin area last weekend on business and had a chance to dive Hamilton Pool on saturday morning, 3-25. Pretty good 1/4 mile hump downhill with all my gear, so I had friend along who voluntered to carry my wetsuit and fins. Dove with 5mm fullsuit, hood, gloves and boots. Very comfortable with water temp at 55F for 45 min dive. Water very clear with vis at least 10+ along edges of pool. Water gets dark very quickly at depth of around 15 ft because of very little sunlight due to the cliffs above. Had to use a light below 15 ft in spots. Max depth was 28ft in center of pool with lots of limbs and other debris on bottom. Vis at 28ft was about 3ft. Overall great dive with lots of unusual fallen rock formations to see along with the catfish, bass, sunfish, and carp.
I had no trouble diving the site, especially since it is still too in the spring early for lots of swimmers. The park rangers were very helpful and requested a water temp and maximum depth from the dive. I would call in advance to make sure it is open for swimming. It was closed for swimming earlier in the week. The bottom is silty in places and I imagine swimmers would mess up the vis.
I heard rumors of Water Moccasin problems in that area. Is there any truth to those stories?
Last couple of summers, I've been there with my (soon to be) 5 yr old daughter. Never seen a snake of any kind there. Lots of people there during the summer months, I'd think the snakes would be in hiding if they're at all wise.