Swimmers and tubers no longer will be allowed to recreate in a popular section of the Colorado River between Longhorn Dam and U.S. 183.
Austin parks officials said that because water is released from the dam without notice, swimmers and tubers below Longhorn Dam could be threatened by swift flows and fluctuating water levels. Legal questions also arose after East Side Tubes started running tubing trips earlier this year on that section of the river, only to see them halted when the city determined the path customers were taking to the water was unsafe. And residents of the River Bluffs neighborhood, which is adjacent to that portion of the river, had complained that tubers brought trash, noise and drinking to the area.
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