COVID-19 Restrictions at Swimming Pools, Beaches, Rivers, Lakes, and Creeks

It's the middle of summer in Texas which means the average temperature is usually between 95 to 104 degrees. The best thing to do on one of these hot summer days is head to the beach, a local river or lake, a deep cool creek, or a nearby swimming hole or swimming pool. However, COVID-19 makes it tough to know whether you favorite swimming place is open, closed, or under some strict restrictions. The good news is that Texas Monthly is going to keep you up to date on what's happening at the most popular watering holes. In fact - they will be making updates every Thursday. For the most up-to-the-minute information, use the numbers and URL's listed below. Stay cool and stay safe!

Swimming Holes:

State Park Swimming Pools


Swimming in Rivers and Creeks

Swimming Beaches

  • Bolivar Peninsula beaches. OPEN.
  • Brazoria County beaches (including Quintana/Bryan Beach - Follett’s Island - and Surfside Beach). OPEN. 979-233-1461.
  • Cameron County beaches at Isla Blanca Park - Andy Bowie Park - E.K. Atwood Park - as well as County Beach Access Numbers 3–6 - and Boca Chica Beach. CLOSED.
  • Corpus Christi and Nueces County beaches (including Port Aransas and North Padre Island). OPEN - but 8:30 p.m.–6 a.m. curfews will be enforced and vehicular traffic is banned until at least August 1.
  • Galveston beaches (including East Beach - Stewart Beach - seawall beaches). OPEN. 409-797-5000.
  • Matagorda Bay Nature Park - Matagorda. OPEN with restrictions. Face coverings and social distancing required - and no groups larger than five people allowed - except for families or people living in the same household. 979-863-2603.
  • Mustang Island State Park - Corpus Christi. OPEN Thursdays–Sundays.
  • Padre Island National Seashore - Corpus Christi CLOSED to vehicle access. Malaquite Beach OPEN for pedestrian access. Bird Island campgrounds - along with the visitor center - are closed.
  • Rockport Beach - Rockport. CLOSED to vehicular traffic - but otherwise OPEN. 361-729-6661.
  • Sea Rim State Park - Sabine Pass. OPEN.
  • City of South Padre Island public beaches. OPEN. 956-761-6433.
Above information comes from Texas Monthly

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