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Water obstacle course now open on Lake Bastrop

School may be back in session, but summer isn’t over yet. Hero Water Sports is encouraging people to visit its new water obstacle course, an inflatable water park, on Lake Bastrop before the August heat turns to a winter chill.

The course, which opened on Aug. 5, features two slides, a rope swing, a giant trampoline and a floating “UFO,” which bobs on the lake while you pitch your friends into the water. It’s a 40-yard swim from the dock at North Shore Park, which is situated six miles north of Bastrop.

“It’s completely different than any other water park,” owner Logan Mitchell said. “It’s the only place like it in Texas.”

Guests can spend an hour on the course before they have to swim back in to rest. But Hero Water Sports sells all-day tickets, so visitors can try their hand as many times as they like every other hour.

Mitchell also markets it as a great workout.

“It’s probably even better than crossfit,” he said.

Mitchell, 45, lived in Italy for a decade, working as a boat captain. In 2014, he visited a similar water obstacle course while on a trip to Ireland. It was August but cold and raining, the water’s temperature was a frigid 55 degrees. Mitchell changed into a wet suit and played the course, surprised that he enjoyed it as much as the six and seven-year-olds.

“I went out there and had so much fun,” he said. “I’ve been dreaming it about it ever since.”

Mitchell wanted to open a similar course and was searching out warm weather and Texas lakes when he came upon Bastrop.

Go to Statesman.com for the full article. 

Hero Water Sports opens new obstacle course on Lake Bastrop, featuring water slides, trampoline and rope swings. CONTRIBUTED