The city has lifted a temporary ban on boating and recreational use of Lady Bird Lake, after flooding earlier this month. But even with that ban lifted, there's still one thing you definitely can't do in the lake: Go swimming.
It may be well-known to longtime residents (who probably still call it Town Lake), but swimming in Austin’s “crown jewel” is illegal. Seems it has been for 50 years.
Still, when contacted, public information staff at several city departments seemed surprised to hear such a ban exists.