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Some words about safety

Please do not visit these beautiful, natural places if you cannot respect them. Trash, rowdy behavior, drunkenness, accidents and trespassing on private property are causing us to to lose access to more of them every year.

Swimming in natural places has inherent dangers. There are risks to life, limb and health involved. Caution can minimize but not eliminate these risks. The author assumes no responsibility for sickness, injury or death resulting from use/misuse of information contained herein. 
Most accidents and drownings in natural swimming places are due to strong currents, diving and/or alcohol. Do not let carelessness or peer pressure get you into a situation you cannot deal with. Each time you go, wade in gradually and check the current. Do not jump in until you have checked both the depth AND the current first. Look downstream - if the current is strong for a long distance or might pin you against a large object (e.g., bluff, large rock or downed tree) don't go in. Large rivers have hidden currents below the surface - assume large rivers are NEVER safe to swim regardless of how calm they look on the surface.

NEVER DO THESE THINGS (even if others are doing them): 
  • Dive headfirst
  • Swim alone
  • Drink alcohol and swim
  • Go barefoot
  • Stand directly under a water fall
  • Swim in upper pools of a waterfall
  • Climb above or alongside a waterfall
  • Don't put your hands or feet into places you can't see
  • Be careful when on a rope swing
  • If rocks are very slippery, walk on all fours for stability
  • Be careful when swimming where alligators may be present

Other Info

Much of the information on this web site is derived from other sources - such as hiking and travel books, magazine articles, publications, emails from visitors and other internet sites. The intent is to relay this information as accurately as possible rather than directing the public to use these swimming holes. The existence of private property or other matters of legality may have been inadvertently omitted or may be inexact in some cases.  An on-site visit to each place has not been done, and even when done, property ownership or legality is sometimes not evident or has changed. Negative impacts or increased liability to private property owners is unintended. When this is brought to light by bona-fide sources, prompt action is taken to add this information to the listing or otherwise resolve the matter on a case-by-case basis.

THE FINE PRINT: The information presented is compiled from many sources with varying degrees of reliability. Local conditions also change over time. Accuracy of the information and the safety and legality of visiting these places cannot be assured. Each visitor is personally responsible for safety and legality (including observance of private property) each time a place is visited. Also, inappropriate behavior continuously reduces access to these special places - don't contribute to this tragic loss!

COPYRIGHT - All the material on this web site is registered with the U.S. Copyright Office (Registration Number TX6-245-508, Date 5/23/2005) and may not legally be reproduced (except for personal use) without permission.

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