Hays County officials announced April 30 that swimming at Jacob's Well is on hold for the foreseeable future as current water levels and drought conditions have left it unsuitable for safe recreation. The swimming season at Jacob's Well usually opens May 1 and closes Sept. 30.

The swimming season was cut short last year as well due to high bacteria levels and pollutants as a result of stagnant water, as previously reported by Community Impact.

The Jacob's Well Natural Area is an 81-acre county park nestled near Wimberley and Woodcreek. Its water source is the Trinity Aquifer which, unlike the Edwards Aquifer, recharges very slowly; recent storms and rainfall have piqued its water levels but were not enough to sustain the swimming area.

The park itself is still open for hiking and other recreational activities.

Hays County officials will provide updates if water levels change to allow for safe swimming.