Summer is almost here, and our favorite season means it is time to check out your local swimming hole. Generally, they’re not quite as packed as public pools in the neighbourhoods, and it’s a chance to get outside and be in nature. With that in mind, here are 10 of the best swimming holes you can visit in Washington State.

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Battle Ground Lake State Park

If you’re looking for a lake experience, Battle Ground Lake State Park might just be for you. The spring-fed lake is perfect for swimming in the summer and you can also enjoy the luxury of being able to camp on the grounds.

Where:  18002 NE 249th Street, Battle Ground, Washington

Lower Lewis River Falls

If you want to take a hike or have a swim along your hike, Lower Lewis River Falls is a great choice, the 13.8-km out-and-back trail near Cougar, Washington has a great swimming hole along it that happens to be situated below a beautiful waterfall. Keep in mind that Lewis River now requires a reservation at key popular swimming sites during peak season. Reservations must be made beforehand and cannot be obtained on-site, and it opens on June 15.

Where: Cougar, Washington

Quarry Pool

The Quarry Swimming Pool is unlike any other! This spot was originally a working sandstone quarry in the late 1800’s and is now a low-cost, family-friendly recreation spot for all to enjoy. This year it is open June 22nd through September 2nd, 2024.

Where: 399 W Park Ave, Tenino, Washington

Rocky Brook Falls

Want a big reward after a short walk? Well, Rocky Brook Falls isn’t a true hike but just that, a walk of about 200 yards to beautiful horsetail falls. Not only that but you can swim in the basin of the falls for a truly majestic experience.

Where: 2405 Dosewallips Rd, Brinnon, Washington

Whatcom Falls Park

Whatcom Falls Park is a beautiful place to spend a day for both the winding forested trails and of course the falls themselves. You’ll also find a beautifully built WPA bridge. Of course, the main attraction here in the summer is the swimming holes located along the river.

“A picturesque plunge tucked away in the woods, Whirlpool Falls drops into a popular summertime swimming hole. Though it’s not labeled on the official park map, you can find this small waterfall just north of the Waterline Bridge,” states Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism.

Where: 1401 Electric Avenue, Bellingham, Washington

Franklin Falls

If you want to be impressed while enjoying your dip then consider heading to Franklin Falls. There’s no need to go far for waterfalls around Seattle. This impressive waterfall is located just an hour outside of the city. And while it’s a very popular spot it’s absolutely worth visiting.

Note, as per the Forest Service, “The descent to the base of the 70-foot falls is steep and slippery but plenty of visitors make it down to eat lunch or cool in the mist of the plunge pool.” Just be mindful on your walk!

Where: Denny Creek Trail, North Bend, Washington

Bradbury Beach

Here’s a gem for you and the whole family. Bradbury Beach day use area has a small grassy area with picnic tables, but also is along a sandy beach. Perfect for a warm day this summer.

Where: Kettle Falls, Washington

Cranberry Lake

If you are looking for freshwater swimming, Cranberry Lake is where you want to go. According to the Deception Pass Park Foundation, “Cranberry Lake hosts a sandy beach with an enclosed swimming area on the west side of the lake and water temperatures are typically between 55 and 60 degrees.”

Where: 41229 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, Washington

Lake Cushman

The stunning Lake Cushman Reservoir is known as a popular destination for its clear waters and lush forested shoreline. You can boat, picnic, swim, and fish here, so it gets busy on sunny weekends. Be sure to book ahead for your day-use pass here.

Where: 7211 N Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport, Washington

Bumping Lake

Last but not least, we have Bumping Lake, which was created naturally by glaciers and is fed by snowmelt. The area is also surrounded by rugged mountain terrain, wetlands and old-growth conifer forests. Bumping Lake is a popular destination for boating, water skiing, fishing and swimming in the summer, and accommodation here is available for both tent and RV camping.

Where: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

Before embarking on your journey to the destinations above, we kindly advise you to review and assess the potential and risk of wildfires through the National Park Service or Washington State Parks.

Stay safe and happy swimming!