WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — The secret is out about Jacob’s Well, and Hays County officials are now taking steps to curb the number of people who visit the watering hole.
When Jacob’s Well opens May 1 for the swimming through Memorial Day weekend, people wanting to swim must reserve a two-hour time block on Hays County website. There will also be an admission fee, and only 300 people per day will be allowed to swim there.
“The popularity of this area treasure has grown dramatically and we need to take steps to ensure that Jacob’s Well Natural Area doesn’t suffer due to overuse,” said Parks Director Clint Garza. “While we want visitors to enjoy the Natural Area, it is first and foremost a preserve that needs to be protected.”
The decision to charge admission and limit the number of people into the preserve was approved last week by the Hays County Commissioners Court.
Entrance fees are $9 for adults, $5 for Hays County residents with a photo ID showing residency, and $5 for children ages 5-12. A $5 fee will also be in place for military service members and veterans, as well seniors (60 and up). There will be no charge for children 4 and under.
Additional Park rules in effect:
- No SCUBA diving
- No camping
- No bicycles, ATVs, or other motorized vehicles allowed
- No fires, fireworks or smoking
- No pets or other domesticated animals
- No firearms, archery equipment, hunting or fishing
- No glass containers
- No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
- No disorderly conduct or excessive noise
- No destruction or removal of vegetation and other resources, including animals or fossils