Beautiful lake Hamilton Pool
Lake Hamilton Pool (Hamilton Pool) is located in Texas, near the city of Austin. This is one of the most unusual lakes in the world and it’s underground and surface at the same time. Part of the lake goes under the arch stone grotto from which flows a beautiful waterfall. Unique lake the owners carefully maintain the nature reserve Hamilton Pool Preserve.
37 km West of Austin (Texas, USA) is one of the most unusual and picturesque lakes in the world – Hamilton Pool (Hamilton Pool). The singularity of it is that it is both an underground lake and surface, flowing to the surface from under the arch stone grotto. Complements the beauty of waterfall flowing from 15-meter height
The lake was formed thousands of years ago as a result of collapse of the limestone dome of an underground river due to massive erosion. Water underground rivers flow into the river flowing nearby Pedernales (Pedernales river), which, in turn, is a tributary of the Colorado river
Hamilton pool, or better won’t translate on Russian language its name, Hamilton Pool is small, its area is about one square kilometer. That is, compared to our Pleshcheevo lake is a puddle.
But it compensates for its small size beauty surrounding it. Around the pool there are huge slabs of limestone. From the height of the grotto are flowing streams of water, proudly called by some people “the waterfall”. In water inhabited by small fish and turtles.
Until the 19th century there lived tribes of American Indians Tokawa and Apache. In 1985 a parcel of 232 acres of land on which is located this unique natural formation was purchased from private owners and declared a nature reserve – Hamilton Pool Preserve.
To approach the lake on foot, leaving the car at the entrance to the reserve and breaking the 400-meter descent on a steep slope. In the 60-ies of the last century, the lake was a favourite place for summer recreation for residents of Austin and the young people enjoyed jumping into the lake with streams of the falls is now prohibited. Swimming is also not always possible, but only when it allows a special quality monitoring of water quality. In addition time was shortened by tourists visiting the Park – the Park is open until 18 hours.
Taking the custom underground lakes, Hamilton Pool is colored bright green. In this fantastic lake, as usual, is home to small fish and small turtles. However, to fish in the reserve Hamilton Pool is prohibited. The rule also prohibit mountain Biking, camping, dogs or other Pets, and bonfires, and cooking.