If you’re looking to escape the heatwave this weekend, look no further than this list! We have compiled a list of 5 outdoor swimming holes where you can soak up the sun, and cool off with a quick dip. All of these lakes and rivers are within 2 hours of Seattle, so you won’t need to travel too far. If you do plan on heading in to take a dip, make sure that you take all the proper precautions. Please remember that just because the temperature outside is hot, the water may still be only in the 30s and 40s, as most of Washington’s rivers and creeks come directly from snow water runoff. Make sure to wear a life jacket in order to avoid cold water shock. None of these locations have documented the presence of lifeguards, so please swim at your own risk.
Lake Sammamish State Park
Located just about 15 miles from Seattle in Issaquah lies the beautiful Lake Sammamish State Park. This park really has it all! Two lakefront beaches, trails throughout the wetlands, and kayak and paddle board rentals. Keep your eyes peeled for a blue heron or a bald eagle, they also like to enjoy their days by the lake.
Flaming Geyser State Park
Just about an hour outside of the city is another beautiful state park perfect for large gatherings. There are four separate picnic areas that can accommodate about 50 people each. Learn the history of the once flaming geyser through plaques located around the park. This park is located on the green river gorge, boasting beautiful views and a perfect place for swimming.
A short 1.4-mile hike will lead you straight to the most amazing natural waterslide. The water slides over a perfectly smooth rock making for a perfect water slide into the river below. The hike itself isn’t too bad either, it’s easy for kids and has a beautiful view of this old-growth forest. As this is a river, please be sure to assess the current before entering the water. Water shoes and life jackets are always recommended!
Fall city floating
Fall City Floating makes for an unforgettable summer experience on the Snoqualmie River. They take care of just about everything so that all you need to do is relax in your tube! You can rent everything you need from a tube to life jackets and sunscreen. They will even shuttle you to the river and back. Check out their website for pricing info!
Cooper Swimming Hole
This one is a bit further away from Seattle, but definitely worth the drive. It’s just about a two-hour drive to the Cooper swimming hole in Roslyn, Wa. The beautiful teal water of the Cooper river flows over perfectly polished river rocks. The swimming hole is nestled right near the Salmon la Sac campground. Make sure to check out Cooper Lake as well for more swimming spots nearby!
Let us know if you head to any of these beautiful spots and what you think!