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Places to Swim and Swimming Holes

Swimming is the sport of playing in the water. A swimming hole is a place in a river, stream, creek, spring or other body of water that is deep enough to swim in. Most of the time a swimming hole is located in moving water, but people can also swim in the ocean and in lakes.

For safety tips to consider when swimming, please read our section on swimming: Swimming Hole Tips

This section of Backcountry Secrets is our list of places to swim in the outdoors. If you know of any swimming holes, please share.
Point NameState/ProvinceLatitudeLongitudeSports at Point
Chickasabogue Park Alabama 30.782327 -88.103657 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Escatawpa Hollow Campground and Canoe Rental Alabama 30.856185 -88.408442 Camping
Canoeing
Swimming Holes
String Lake Alabama 43.785471 -110.731888 Swimming Holes
Fantastic beach Alberta 45.265947 -72.183867 Swimming Holes
Tranquility Bay Belize 17.740185 -88.029327 Kiteboarding & Kitesurfing
Swimming Holes
Aquatic Park California 37.807004 -122.422929 Swimming Holes
Bass Lake California 37.951761 -122.765307 Swimming Holes
Hiking & Backpacking
Beach Trail at Torrey Pines California 32.919899 -117.252831 Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Bidwell Park California 39.765484 -121.790357 Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Cedar Creek Falls California 32.989876 -116.729822 Swimming Holes
Hiking & Backpacking
China Hole California 37.173256 -121.495019 Camping
Swimming Holes
Hiking & Backpacking
Devils Bathtub California 37.747847 -119.574251 Swimming Holes
Fish Creek California 34.642547 -118.522267 Hiking & Backpacking
Rock / Ice Climbing
Swimming Holes
Pescadero Creek Trail California 37.27395 -122.288346 Swimming Holes
Hiking & Backpacking
Point Dume State Beach California 34.00145 -118.808517 Hiking & Backpacking
Rock / Ice Climbing
Swimming Holes
Seven Falls and Three Pools California 34.474545 -119.707364 Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Stony Gorge Reservoir California 39.587467 -122.525325 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Stuarts Fork Swimming Hole California 40.901707 -122.942505 Swimming Holes
Swimmers Delight California 40.487752 -123.971003 Swimming Holes
Wörthersee - Klagenfurt Carinthia 46.619386 14.254396 Swimming Holes
Borth Beach Ceredigion 52.526353 -4.05756 Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Kiteboarding & Kitesurfing
Swimming Holes
Sand Dunes Pool and RV Park Colorado 37.778958 -105.85516 Camping
Swimming Holes
Jambeli Ecuador -3.225872 -80.04261 Swimming Holes
Big Lagoon State Park Florida 30.317136 -87.404008 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Coldwater Creek Canoe Trail Florida 30.773293 -86.992278 Camping
Canoeing
Kayak Park & Play
Swimming Holes
Ichetucknee River Florida 29.965643 -82.770309 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Panama City Beach Florida 30.204339 -85.857983 Swimming Holes
Vogle State Park Georgia 34.76722 -83.920398 Camping
Canoeing
Swimming Holes
Allerton's Beach Hawaii 21.888597 -159.50257 Swimming Holes
Banzai Pipeline / Pupukea Hawaii 21.666331 -158.050839 Swimming Holes
Barking Rocks Hawaii 21.528961 -158.231464 Swimming Holes
Black Sand Beach Hawaii 20.748458 -156.982386 Swimming Holes
Black Sand Beach Hawaii 20.718647 -155.984906 Swimming Holes
Blowhole Hawaii 21.282042 -157.677219 Swimming Holes
Cockroach Cove Hawaii 21.281506 -157.677492 Swimming Holes
Golden Sands Hawaii 21.369211 -157.709114 Canoeing
Swimming Holes
Green Sand Beach Hawaii 18.935963 -155.645971 Swimming Holes
Haleiwa Beach Park Hawaii 21.596636 -158.104719 Camping
Swimming Holes
Hamua Beach Hawaii 20.724428 -155.984783 Swimming Holes
Hanakapiai Hawaii 22.208136 -159.597778 Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Hanauma Bay Hawaii 21.272794 -157.699242 Swimming Holes
Hanouli Maloo Bay Hawaii 21.113992 -156.737328 Swimming Holes
Hapuna Beach Hawaii 19.989058 -155.831064 Swimming Holes
Ilikai Hawaii 21.283919 -157.838828 Swimming Holes
Ka'anapali Beach Hawaii 20.923856 -156.696256 Swimming Holes
Kaena Point Hawaii 21.573967 -158.279136 Swimming Holes
Kahahala Bay Hawaii 21.055233 -156.948928 Kayak Park & Play
Swimming Holes
Kailua Beach Hawaii 21.397358 -157.724797 Swimming Holes
Kawela Beach Hawaii 21.696081 -158.010667 Swimming Holes
Kawili Beach Hawaii 21.158372 -156.736775 Swimming Holes
Ke'e Beach Hawaii 22.223475 -159.582692 Swimming Holes
Keiki Beach Hawaii 21.612322 -158.094319 Swimming Holes
Kekaha Beach Hawaii 21.965794 -159.712733 Swimming Holes
Kepuhi Beach Hawaii 21.186767 -157.248808 Swimming Holes
Kilauea Bay Hawaii 22.225694 -159.408864 Swimming Holes
Ko'olina Beach Hawaii 21.337314 -158.125097 Swimming Holes
Kualoa Beach Park Hawaii 21.514092 -157.838925 Camping
Swimming Holes
La'ie Point Hawaii 21.649064 -157.913744 Swimming Holes
Lanikai Beach Hawaii 21.391614 -157.714797 Swimming Holes
Lydgate Beach Park Hawaii 22.04107 -159.335252 Camping
Swimming Holes
Mahaulepu Hawaii 21.893456 -159.406272 Swimming Holes
Makaha Beach Hawaii 21.474661 -158.221656 Swimming Holes
Makapu'u Hawaii 21.310017 -157.655653 Swimming Holes
Makawehi Point Hawaii 21.873842 -159.436514 Swimming Holes
Manele Bay Hawaii 20.738906 -156.893681 Swimming Holes
Mokuleia Hawaii 21.578533 -158.217878 Swimming Holes
Muakini Bay Hawaii 20.628667 -156.169378 Swimming Holes
Murphy Beach Hawaii 21.107536 -156.745264 Swimming Holes
Nawiliwili Hawaii 21.951664 -159.345464 Swimming Holes
Nimitz Beach Hawaii 21.298114 -158.074322 Swimming Holes
Paradise Cove Hawaii 21.372028 -158.139958 Swimming Holes
Pauoa Beach Hawaii 19.950995 -155.861682 Swimming Holes
Pelekunu Bay Hawaii 21.172186 -156.882372 Swimming Holes
Poli'Hale Beach Hawaii 22.081403 -159.764572 Swimming Holes
Popohaku Beach Hawaii 21.178453 -157.25095 Swimming Holes
Red Sand Beach Hawaii 20.658097 -156.044111 Swimming Holes
Red Sand Beach Hawaii 20.749633 -155.983033 Swimming Holes
Robins Nest Hawaii 21.325458 -157.680431 Canoeing
Swimming Holes
Sand Island Hawaii 21.307489 -157.887992 Kayak Park & Play
Swimming Holes
Sandy Beach Hawaii 21.2857 -157.674278 Camping
Swimming Holes
Seven Sacred Pools Hawaii 20.662981 -156.043475 Swimming Holes
Shipwreck Beach Hawaii 20.918181 -156.914739 Swimming Holes
Spouting Horn Hawaii 21.884583 -159.493286 Swimming Holes
Sunset Beach Hawaii 21.674817 -158.041858 Swimming Holes
Swinging Bridges Hawaii 21.912552 -159.586797 Swimming Holes
The Hidden Beach Hawaii 21.577692 -158.257508 Swimming Holes
Turtle Bay Hawaii 21.70585 -157.996742 Swimming Holes
Velseyland Hawaii 21.665475 -158.052097 Swimming Holes
Venus Pool Hawaii 20.706997 -155.994214 Swimming Holes
Waialua Bay Hawaii 21.601289 -158.103581 Swimming Holes
Waikiki Beach Hawaii 21.274344 -157.658342 Swimming Holes
Waimanalo Beach Hawaii 21.315569 -157.663628 Swimming Holes
Waimea Bay Hawaii 21.638147 -158.065814 Swimming Holes
Wakea Beach Hawaii 20.689739 -156.443886 Swimming Holes
Bear Lake North Beach Idaho 42.117835 -111.288157 Canoeing
Swimming Holes
Beaver Dick Park Idaho 43.825088 -111.905746 Camping
Swimming Holes
Blacktail Lake Idaho 43.503911 -111.7629 Swimming Holes
Canoeing
Calamity Campground Idaho 43.327769 -111.213055 Camping
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Downata Hot Springs Idaho 42.384375 -112.092077 Camping
Swimming Holes
Egin Lakes Idaho 43.964527 -111.860111 Swimming Holes
Fall Creek Falls Idaho 43.441007 -111.377066 Swimming Holes
Green Canyon Hot Springs Idaho 43.791933 -111.4396 Swimming Holes
Camping
Heise Hot Springs Idaho 43.642672 -111.6869 Swimming Holes
Camping
Horseshoe Lake Idaho 44.161888 -111.103878 Camping
Canoeing
Swimming Holes
Indian Creek Campground (Palisades) Idaho 43.259788 -111.0655527 Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Swimming Holes
Jump Creek Idaho 43.481138 -116.924443 Canyoneering
Hiking & Backpacking
Rock / Ice Climbing
Swimming Holes
Lava Hot Springs Hot Pools Idaho 42.620128 -112.004414 Hot Springs
Swimming Holes
Monkey Rock Idaho 43.934064 -111.613989 Swimming Holes
Old Dam Rope Swing Idaho 43.925995 -116.442847 Swimming Holes
Rigby Lake Beach Idaho 43.698846 -111.90457 Swimming Holes
Camping
Canoeing
Sandy Point Idaho 43.530764 -116.05793 Swimming Holes
St. Anthony Sandbar Idaho 43.965168 -111.6791 Swimming Holes
Swinging Bridge Beach Idaho 44.211786 -116.106442 Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Rend Lake Illinois 38.145358 -88.953552 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Swimming Holes
Marion Co. Fish & Game Indiana 39.800772 -86.277931 Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Old Gun Club & pond on Wabash Trail Iowa 40.741339 -95.295882 Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Raccoon River along the trail Iowa 41.59912 -94.20506 Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Wabash Trace rail trail (N. of Coin) Iowa 40.702581 -95.292524 Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Lough Na Fooey, Finney, Clonbur Ireland 53.569065 -9.490471 Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
4&12 Mile Rd. S.R.1997 Campbell Co., Ky. Kentucky 38.946727 -84.348478 Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Private Property - No Longer Accessible. Kentucky 38.20944 -84.93747 Swimming Holes
Sand Beach - Acadia National Park Maine 44.315074 -68.336833 Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
New Germany State Park Maryland 39.54509 -79.13725 Backcountry Skiing
Camping
Canoeing
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Swimming Holes
Saugatuck Michigan 42.650122 -86.209717 Swimming Holes
Wabasis Lake Michigan 43.136882 -85.395784 Camping
Canoeing
Swimming Holes
Lester Park Minnesota 46.843711 -92.009511 Swimming Holes
Moon Shine Beach Missouri 36.610834 -93.310103 Swimming Holes
Watkins Woolen Mill State Park Missouri 39.401979 -94.258232 Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Horseback
Ousel Falls Montana 45.238272 -111.347637 Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Rock / Ice Climbing
Willow Creek Recreation Area Nebraska 42.175234 -97.56945 Swimming Holes
Horseback
Wildcat Falls New Hampshire 42.864703 -71.507725 Swimming Holes
Whitewater
Blue Hole New Mexico 34.9400589 -104.6730446 Swimming Holes
Santa Rosa Park Lake New Mexico 34.941487 -104.678027 Canoeing
Swimming Holes
Coles Creek State Park New York 44.891164 -75.139968 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Salmon River Reservoir - Tunnel Under Trail New York 43.535685 -75.902588 Canoeing
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Hiking & Backpacking
Buck Creek State Park Beach Ohio 39.949227 -83.731956 Swimming Holes
Buck Creek State Park Campground Ohio 39.968898 -83.724618 Camping
Swimming Holes
Clare-Mar Lakes Campground Ohio 41.070551 -82.253394 Camping
Swimming Holes
Canoeing
Gatton Rocks Ohio 40.6021 -82.4744 Hot Springs
Swimming Holes
Blue Hole Park Oklahoma 36.30322 -95.047381 Camping
Swimming Holes
Turner Falls Park Oklahoma 34.430417 -97.147722 Camping
Caving / Spelunking
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Turner Falls State Park Oklahoma 34.426063 -97.150211 Camping
Swimming Holes
Hiking & Backpacking
dont know what its called Ontario 43.272956 -79.974632 Hiking & Backpacking
Rock / Ice Climbing
Swimming Holes
McCarson's Lake Ontario 44.051075 -80.083942 Swimming Holes
Oiseau Rock Ontario 46.01127 -77.273026 Hiking & Backpacking
Rock / Ice Climbing
Swimming Holes
Wright's Lake Ontario 45.754761 -78.294886 Camping
Swimming Holes
Alsea Falls Recreation Area Oregon 44.322759 -123.489928 Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Illinois Hidden Access Oregon 42.246469 -123.690004 Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Wildwood Recreation Site Oregon 45.355975 -121.986673 Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Forest Of Thoughts Panama 9.14385 -79.04466 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Swimming Holes
Whitewater
Campbell Mill Trail / Dewdrop Campground Pennsylvania 41.82972 -78.96444 Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Camping
Canoeing
Lusk Cave, Gatineau Park Quebec 45.58303 -75.98215 Camping
Canoeing
Caving / Spelunking
Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Horsethief Lake South Dakota 43.894906 -103.482395 Camping
Swimming Holes
Canoeing
Balmorhea State Park Texas 30.94435 -103.783258 Swimming Holes
Barton Springs Swimming Hole Texas 30.263891 -97.769678 Swimming Holes
Devils Water Hole Texas 30.731111 -98.370556 Swimming Holes
Hidden Beach Texas 29.589132 -94.287157 Swimming Holes
McCowan Valley COE Park Texas 31.944151 -97.396202 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes
Capitol Reef Fremont Falls Utah 38.288581 -111.163176 Swimming Holes
Homestead Crater Utah 40.5238 -111.4851 Hot Springs
Swimming Holes
Mill Creek Swimming Hole Utah 38.565769 -109.4965 Swimming Holes
Mount Timpanogas Utah 40.3908 -111.6455 Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Camping
Swimming Holes
Rendezvous Beach Utah 41.849028 -111.349944 Swimming Holes
St. Catherine State Park Vermont 43.480515 -73.201733 Camping
Swimming Holes
Canoeing
Bradbury Beach Washington 48.514799 -118.146093 Camping
Swimming Holes
Cloverleaf Campground Washington 48.296842 -118.146908 Camping
Swimming Holes
Colville River Flats Washington 48.569785 -118.113252 Swimming Holes
Douglas Falls Washington 48.614744 -117.899874 Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
island lake Washington 47.436854 -121.511278 Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Lake Gillette Campground Washington 48.612938 -117.539549 Camping
Swimming Holes
Levey Cliffs Washington 46.266306 -118.852226 Swimming Holes
Moses Lake Sand Dunes Washington 47.066556 -119.312468 Camping
Swimming Holes
Old Kettle Falls Park Washington 48.58208 -118.110795 Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Rainbow Falls State Park Washington 46.63117 -123.23431 Swimming Holes
Camping
Hiking & Backpacking
Buckhorn State Park Wisconsin 43.944524 -90.0001 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Cross-Country Skiing
Snowmobiling
Kettle Morain South Trail Head Wisconsin 42.935815 -88.465862 Camping
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Firehole River Swimming Area Wyoming 44.618295 -110.860017 Swimming Holes
Popo Agie Water Slide (Trail Head) Wyoming 42.730181 -108.858059 Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Swimming Holes