Swimming Holes of Seattle

Anna Katz and Shane Robinson, the authors of "Swimming Holes of Washington," share their favorite Seattle-area spots to beat the heat.
Mountaineers Books Mountaineers Books
June 13, 2018
Swimming Holes of Seattle
Exit 38 (Photo by Anna Katz and Shane Robinson)

Summer’s almost here, which means it’s time to put on your bathing suit, mentally prepare yourself for showing your sun-starved skin to the world, and head out to one of Washington State’s many beautiful swimming holes. No matter where you live, you don’t have to go far—there’s over 8,000 lakes and over 70,000 miles of river to choose from. For those of you who live in or near Seattle, here are our favorite swimming holes close to home:

Denny Blaine

Across the street from the infamous Kurt Cobain house, this is the quintessential Seattle swim and hangout spot. Don’t come here if you’re looking for some peace and quiet—though chill vibes certainly do rein here, this sandy beach and grassy knoll are the setting for the city’s annual three-month sun-worshipping party scene.

Exit 38

Take I-90 East to Exit 38 where, just a couple miles away from the highway, there’s a cozy little Snoqualmie River swimming hole in Olallie State Park. Though close to the road, it feels scenic, with a beach on which to throw down your towel, a little rope swing, and a mellow river rolling by. This is the perfect spot for doing a drop-by on your way to or from hiking, biking, climbing, and Twin Peaks sightseeing just up the road.

Choose Your Own Adventure

All along Lake Washington’s shoreline, you can find little beaches tucked in between the fancy shmancy houses that occupy most of the waterfront. If you bike or drive along Lake Washington Boulevard, for example, look for the blue public shore signs discretely set back from the road. Then check it out for yourself.

Want to visit some of Washington’s best swimming holes this summer? Then make sure to pick up your copy of Swimming Holes of Washington: Perfect Places to Play.

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Learn More in Live Webisode  | June 20

Join us on June 20 from 7-8pm for a free, live web presentation and Q&A session featuring experienced explorers and swimming enthusiasts Anna Katz and Shane Robinson. Whether you’re a hiker ready to tube a few rapids or a family out for a picnic and easy plunge, Anna and Shane have the perfect recommendation for you, along with tips and tricks to get the most out of your swimming experience.

Register today, even if you can’t attend on June 20, and we’ll send you a recording of the event. Plus, when you register you’ll automatically be entered to win one of three free copies of Swimming Holes of Washington!

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