Every summer in Oklahoma when the heat becomes overwhelming, Oklahomans swarm to the lakes, creeks, rivers and swimming holes to cool down. As the lakes begin to warm up in the summer, most swimming holes stay ice-cold and are the perfect spot to relax and take a dip in the refreshing water. Here are 8 swimming holes to check out in the Sooner State this summer:
1. Spavinaw Creek, Spavinaw
Clear, turquoise waters flow from Spavinaw Creek and visitors enjoy the swimming area. You'll find a rope swing and rocks for jumping, along with shallow and deep waters.
2. Bathtub Rocks, Tahlequah
Located inside J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve is a little geological water park called Bathtub Rocks. The area is full of smoothed over rocks filled with flowing water great for sliding or wading in. The bottom area below the rocks has pools big enough to get fully immersed.
3. Gage Artesian Beach, Gage
This one-of-a-kind swimming hole in Oklahoma has sides like a swimming pole and is filled with natural, mineral water. The bottom is sandy like a lake and the swimming hole has diving boards and slides. The depth of the water ranges from 3 ft. to 14 ft. and swimmers will rarely see fish swimming in the hole.
4. Flint Creek, Delaware County
Located on the Oklahoma/Kansas border, Flint Creek is the perfect place to go to cool off in the summer. You'll find all depths of water and a water slide flowing into the creek at Fidler's Water Slide. If you're looking for rocks to jump off of, don't worry, the area has plenty for your enjoyment.
5. Little Niagra, Sulphur
As the most popular swimming spot on Travertine Creek, Little Niagra offers visitors cold, mineral water for cooling off in the hot, summer months. Take a trip to Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur to see the beauty that surrounds Little Niagra.
6. Blue Hole, Salina
Blue Hole Park is a popular swimming hole and summer destination for Oklahomans looking to cool off in ice-cold water. Young swimmers love to catch crawfish in the clear water and a concession stand is open during summer months.
7. Blue Creek/River, Tishomingo
This spring-fed river has several falls and ledges and waterfalls when water flow is high enough. The area is a popular fishing spot but is also an inviting swimming hole. The upper river portion is clear and the lower river portion is deep and muddy. Visitors will find lots of wading opportunities at Blue River.
8. Boy Scout Hole, Welling
Located in Barron Fork Creek, Boy Scout Hole is a family-favorite spot to cool off in the summer. The swimming hole has boulders to sit on and jump off and a rope swing. The area has shallow spots and deep spots, so swimmers of all levels will have an area to enjoy.
For more swimming holes in Oklahoma, check out our Part One of our swimming holes article
here. Where is your favorite swimming hole in Oklahoma?