Washington August 17, 2016
7 Swimming Spots With The Clearest, Most Pristine Water In Washington
Summer might be flying by, but there’s still time to enjoy some of Washington’s finest swimming holes. These seven spots are known for their clean, beautiful, refreshing water – so if you only have time for one more summer swim, head to one of these places. And put the rest on your bucket list for next year.
1. Devil’s Punch Bowl, Port Angeles
You’ll find the Devil’s Punch Bowl at Lake Crescent in Port Angeles, and it’s an amazing place to go for a relaxing swim. It’s reportedly about 1,000 feet deep, and thrill seekers jump from heights of 15 to 50 feet.
2. Enchantment Lakes, Wenatchee
The Enchantments, a high mountain lake basin with about a dozen named lakes, sits at the end of a popular backcountry trail. This hike is not for the beginner, but it will make you feel like you’re in another world. The water in the lakes is clear and clean.
3. Dougan Creek Falls, Skamania County
Dougan Creek Falls is located near Stevenson, and the little pool at the base of the waterfall is a serene spot to swim.
4. Cranberry Lake, Anacortes
Located at Deception Pass State Park, Cranberry Lake is a peaceful place with a designated swimming area and slightly warmer water than the nearby Pacific Ocean.
5. Lake Chelan
Washington’s most popular “summer lake” is a surprisingly clean place to swim. Every year on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the Chelan Swim event raises money and awareness for local swimming lessons.
6. Bradbury Beach, Kettle Falls
The clean, clear Bradbury Beach water has a central floating dock that has been buoyed off for swimming. The water here tends to be slightly warmer than other parts of the lake, making for a more pleasant swim.
7. Steamboat Rock State Park, Electric City
With 50,000 feet of freshwater shoreline at the north end of Banks Lake, Steamboat Rock State Park offers plenty of swimming spots in its pristine waters.
Each of these places has beautiful, clean water for swimming. For an even more magical experience, try a
waterfall swimming hole.