These 10 Swimming Spots Have The Clearest, Most Pristine Water In Ohio

Summertime can be one of the most exciting times in Ohio.

You can have plenty of fun in the sun at many of Ohio’s lakeside beaches and swimming holes. The following 10 swimming spots have some of the clearest, most pristine water—and they’re some of our all-time favorite beaches and lakes in the Buckeye State. They just might be some of the best swimming holes in Ohio.

What do you think are the best swimming holes in Ohio? Let us know! (And be sure to check out our previous article; If You Didn’t Know About These 9 Swimming Holes In Ohio, They’re A Must Visit.)

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Best Swimming Holes in Ohio

June 13, 2019

Where is the bluest water in Ohio?

There are several quarries that could arguably have the bluest water in the state of Ohio. White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg is a little-known diving resort and swimming area, where the water is a jaw-dropping, deep blue. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, is a family-owned and operated park that features a stunningly beautiful blue water quarry where you can swim, scuba, snorkel and camp.

Does Ohio have any manmade swimming holes?

There are several swimming lakes in Ohio, both natural and manmade. Many natural swimming holes in Ohio are tucked away in state parks along hiking trails, but most of these areas prohibit swimming. The best swimming areas in Ohio are lakeside, manmade water parks such as Longs Retreat Family Resort in Latham and Clay’s Park Resort in North Lawerence. These swimming areas feature manmade sandy beaches, water slides, splash pads and other fun amenities.

Do I need to look out for algae blooms in Ohio?

Yes, however, many lakes and beaches in Ohio are clean and safe to swim in. To stay up to date on the current conditions and water data, click here.

What are the best beaches in Ohio?

It’s difficult to determine what the best beaches in Ohio are. The best sandy beach in Ohio is at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor. Headlands Beach is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio and it’s a little more than a mile long.

Do any Ohio beaches have waves?

There are several Lake Erie beaches along the coast of northern Ohio with small waves. The waves are usually not large enough for surfing, however.