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Bear Branch Pool

The Bear Branch Pool is located inside the Bear Branch Athletic Area which encompasses the Bear Branch Park and Bear Branch Athletic Fields as well as the Woodlands Recreation Center. The pool and park are on the northwest side of Research Forest Drive, and the athletic fields on the southeast. The pool is one of several throughout The Woodlands that features a wheelchair accessible ramp. There is a whale-themed slide for the tots. Just outside the pool is a large covered pavilion with easy access to the barrier-free playground area.

5200 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Bear Branch Pool with Whale Slide
Village: Village of Cochran's Crossing Bear Branch children's Pool
Pool Nickname: The Whale Pool
Scheduled Maintenance Day: Wednesday
Pre/Post Season Open:* Weekdays & Weekends, Post Season Only

Pool Amenities:

  • Main pool is three and a half to 12 feet deep
  • Two one-meter diving boards
  • Six-lane swimming pool
  • Lap lane during open swim
  • Baby pool is one to one and a half feet deep
  • Baby pool has a whale theme slide
  • Baby pool is partially covered
  • Outside spray shower structure
  • Two picnic tables
  • Wheelchair accessible ramp

* Bear Branch is the only pool also open weekdays during the pre- and post-season; Weekday hours are noon - 6:00 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from mid-May - June until regular season begins; and late August - Labor Day weekend, post-season.


In the spring of 2016, Panther Branch flooded the Bear Branch Park, which decimated the Bear Branch Pool. The pool has been closed since mid-April 2016, and an insurance settlement was reached in March 2017 to replace the pool. Pool reconstruction should be complete in the summer of 2018.


Pool Fees:

  • Fees vary by age, Woodlands resident status and other factors. See the pools main page for more information.
For more information on this and other pools throughout The Woodlands, contact The Woodlands Township, Parks and Recreation Department:
8203 Millennium Forest Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
Phone: 281 210-3900

Many pools are also available for rental.
Each pool is closed one day per week for service.

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