10 Refreshing Washington State Swimming Spots

Cool off with a dip in one of Washington's many lakes and rivers.

1. Explore the man-made beach on Everett's Jetty Island. The island is accessible year-round by personal watercraft and by a ferry from July 5 through Labor Day. The shallow waters are perfect for families with little ones.

2. Don’t be confused by the name of Cape Disappointment’s Waikiki Beach—you’re still in Washington. This spot on the Pacific Ocean is a great spot to frolic in the refreshing surf.

3. Dive into Tenino’s emerald Rock Quarry Pool, converted from an active rock quarry into an entertaining oasis when a spring hit by miners filled the pit with water.

4. Nestled in a volcanic crater at the foothills of the Cascades, a swim in Battle Ground’s serene Battle Ground Lake is a worthy detour off Highway 503.

5. From the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway, get your feet wet in the Methow River while discovering the quaint community of Mazama.

6. Pull off winding State Route 821 along the lovely Yakima River near Ellensburg for a jump off the Pac-Man Cliff, named for a painting of the video game icon on the side of the 40-foot-high rock.

7. Join the locals at rural Bear Lake, a hidden gem just a few miles northeast of Spokane on Highway 2.

8. Beat the heat by taking a dip from the bank of the Snake River at Illia Dunes, a 150-acre recreation and wildlife area about 30 miles south of Pullman.

9. Expansive Lake Whatcom in Bellingham offers plenty of places to swim. Choose from wooded shoreline entry points or take a dive off the docks at Bloedel Donovan Park.

10. Popular due to its ease of access from Highway 101, the refreshing pool at the base of 220-foot Rocky Brook Falls on the Hood Canal near Brinnon make a great pit-stop during a long drive.

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