Being a desert, Idaho’s summers can get to be pretty unbearable. Right now we are in the thick of it and a lot of people are looking for new and exciting ways to cool off. If you’re looking for something that isn’t a public pool, or a beach that isn’t packed full of people, then you’re going to want to check out these lesser known swimming spots in Idaho. Avoid the crowds and visit one of these spots for an unforgettable summer experience!
1. Monkey Rock
Monkey Rock is approximately a 15 minute drive from Rexburg, Idaho. This spot got its name from the thrill seekers who jump off from the top of the picturesque waterfall into the water below. It's advised that you should watch out for rocks if you choose to do this. The water is quite cool, which is definitely welcomed by swimmers during the hot summer months.
2. Big Rock (or Church Rock)
This spot is located in Sun Valley, Idaho, behind Big Wood Church. It's named after, well, a big rock on the river. Although a quaint swimming spot, the pool is deep and makes for a great place to splash around.
3. Edson Fichter
Edson Fichter is a scenic swimming spot near Pocatello, Idaho along the Portneuf River. The pond itself is mainly a fishing spot, but if you continue down Beverly Trail you will arrive at the shaded swimming pond. Take a spin on the rope swing!
4. Ritter Island
At first, the chain-link fences and signs may make it seem like you're in the wrong place. However, Ritter Island is a great, well-kept swimming spot for the family. It boasts an outstanding view of Minnie Miller Falls and is ideal for making summer swimming memories. Ritter Falls is located in Thousand Springs State Park in Hagerman, Idaho.
5. Queens River
If you're looking for something incredibly serene and in the middle of the Idaho wilderness, this spot is for you. Queens River is located in the Sawtooth Mountains and contains an incredible swimming spot at the top of an amazing hike through dense forest. The hike is relatively extensive, at 6.3 miles one way, but well worth it. Again, this is for people looking to be far, far away from the crowds. The spot has an incredible view of Queens River Falls. It will most likely go down as one of your favorite swimming spots in Idaho.
6. Buttonhook Bay
Located in Farragut State Park, Buttonhook Bay provides a secluded cove ideal for getting away from the masses. Located in the southwest corner of Lake Pend Oreille, the bay's dock is used primarily for boats exploring the lake. It can be accessed from following a trail starting at nearby Beaver Bay.
7. Bear Lake
Bear Lake is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Idaho. Although it's a popular spot for swimmers, the beach provides approximately two miles of shoreline to share with other swimmers. Located near the border of Idaho and Utah, the lake also has various amazing campgrounds surrounding it, making it a great overnight stay.
8. Malad Gorge
Located in Hagerman, Malad Gorge seems to only have recently started gaining popularity as a swimming spot. The gorge's waters are pretty shallow, so the term swimming is being used loosely. However, many locals use this spot as a place to soak their feet on hot days. This spot makes for a great low-key day of swimming!
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