Washington July 23, 2016
If You Didn’t Know About These 10 Swimming Holes In Washington, They’re A Must Visit
Summer is really heating up here in Washington. Cool off with a refreshing dip in a local swimming hole. These 10 spots aren’t as publicized as some of the others, but they’re just as fun and refreshing.
1. From the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway, head to the quiet community of Mazama and take a dip in the Methow River.
2. Go swimming in the Chehalis River at the beautiful Rainbow Falls State Park.
Head down State Route 6 from Chehalis and you’ll find the quiet state park with a river running through it, which tumbles over small rocky falls into a peaceful pool.
3. You’ll find Banks Lake, pictured here, north of Wenatchee near Coulee City. There’s a nice lakeside crescent beach cove perfect for swimming.
From Wenatchee, take RT 97 North, then RT 2 East to Coulee City at the south end of the lake. The lake is close to the highway, but it’s hidden from view because of the nearby cliffs.
4. Take a refreshing swim in the Teanaway River in between Ellensburg and Cle Elum.
From Ellensburg, take I-90 West to Cle Elum, then take RT 970 East for about 9 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road and follow it 10 miles to the gated “Dickey Creek.” Hike up the gated road to where the trail veers right and head down to the river.
5. Swim at Madrona Park Beach in Seattle.
Madrona Park is located on the waterfront of Lake Washington, but it’s a little more secluded than some of the other nearby swimming spots. There’s a wooded hillside that slopes down to a small grassy beach and swimming area.
6. Swim laps through Lake Goodwin in Stanwood.
Located in Snohomish County, Lake Goodwin has a community park that sits right on the lake. There are several spots along the lake with great swimming access.
7. Twanoh State Park at Hood Canal is considered one of the warmest swimming spots in the state.
The clear green water and pebbly beach backed by forested hills makes it a perfect place to cool off on a hot day.
8. Dip your toes in the Touchet River at Lewis & Clark Trail State Park in Dayton.
Lewis and Clark Trail State Park is a 37-acre camping park with a serene swimming area with 1,333 feet of freshwater shoreline.
9. Enjoy a little island getaway and visit Lake Florence on Anderson Island.
Take a scenic ferry ride from Steilacoom and head to Lowell Johnson Park, where you’ll find a lake with a floating pontoon for high flips and jumps and another dock for diving. There’s even a shallow section perfect for little ones.
10. Wade through Icicle Creek near Leavenworth.
The Ida Creek Campground is a remote area on the banks of Icicle Creek. The campground doesn’t offer many amenities, but it’s uncrowded and perfect for relaxing after a swim.
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