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Celebrate the Jacob's Well Natural Area in Wimberley with Fun, Food, and Entertainment!
This is an archived article. Enjoy reading about Jacob’s Well, please take note that major changes have taken place since 2013. Current information can be found here.
Jacob's Well enjoyed by visitors to the 2003 WaterFest.
Photo © 2003, VisitWimberley.com
The public is invited to a celebration of Jacob's Well, from 2 to 6 PM on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Come enjoy food, live music, and the cool spring waters of one of nature's wonders, Jacob's Well. The fundraiser is being held at Jacob's Well Natural Area. (Click here for a map to the location.)

Jacob's Well is a artesian spring, created by groundwater flowing upwards through the well without a pump. The water for Jacob's Well comes from an aquifer consisting of a layer of limestone absorbing water from the surface. The weight of impermeable rocks or clay keeps the pressure high, pushing water up, against gravity.
Diagram by Andrew Dunn, © 2004

Still a treasured phenomenon, Jacob's Well was once fed by much higher levels of groundwater, with pressure pushing the water so high that people still tell of begging their parents to toss them into the uprising fountain where they would be held in the air by the pressure of the water. Who needed a "water park" then?

Native Americans revered the area including Jacob's Well as a sacred place, and the rich habitat it provides for wildlife and plant life, including some endangered species, is important to the health of the area.

Inside the 3rd chamber of Jacob's Well
Photograph © Dan Misiaszek
Jacob's Well is believed to be the longest underwater cave in Texas and is the primary source of water to the Cypress Creek which flows downstream through the city of Woodcreek and Wimberley, through the famous Blue Hole swimming area and into the Blanco River. It's at the heart of the Wimberley water features that draw visitors and residents here, but it's endangered. The well has stopped flowing on occasion in recent years.

Decreasing levels of groundwater have continued to plague the Hill Country, and we are entering a drought phase now. Expanding population and increased pollution are major concerns for both water flow and water quality. Jacob's Well is considered one of the "canaries in the coal mine," signaling low levels of available groundwater.

After many years of dedicated effort, the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association managed to purchase Jacob's Well, unifying the properties around the spring. The area is now called the Jacob's Well Natural Area.

Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) is dedicated to protecting the land around the well and educating the community about management practices to sustain this invaluable natural resource.

Coming to this celebration is a great way to contribute to the preservation of the Jacob's Well Natural Area and have a great time with old friends, family, and new friends. Donation is $35, and you'll enjoy entertainment by Dylan Meek, presentations by community leaders, hikes on the nature trails, and...if the mood strikes you... a dip in Jacob's Well.

For more information, call 512-722-3390.





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