Drought Time: Five Fun Alternative Texas Water Spots When Rivers And Lakes Are Low
As we noted yesterday, the ongoing drought is kicking the ass of Texas rivers and lakes.
Twin Lakes Scuba Park: There's a bus under that water
The Guadalupe is just inching along, low in its banks, formerly underwater roots exposed, making toobing not the traditional summer romp it usually is. (You may end up doing some walking along the way.) The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has warned that low lake levels cause more boating accidents.
And all of a sudden this year, water parks across the country have become riot zones. None here in Texas, but you never know.
So what's a water-loving texan to do? Think waters that are spring-fed instead of rain-dependent. And think salt water. Here are five alternative places to have your water fun in the hot, dry summer of 2011:
4. Twin Lakes Scuba Park, Manville
Ever wanted to scuba down to explore an underwater bus or Airstream trailer? Twin Lakes, down 288 in Manville, is your place. The 31-acre aquifer-fed lake offers scuba lessons, or if you're already qualified, you can dive in and escape the heat.
3. The Comal River
Spring-fed and cold, this is the alternative to the Guadalupe. It's the shortest navigable river in Texas, it feeds the Schlitterbahn water park, and -- it must be said -- is probably going to be very, very crowded.