Northwest Bounty – Swimming Spots to Keep Cool

River Floating & Swimming Fun

Ah, June — graduations, PRIDE, celebrating Dads and of course, soaring temperatures. Oregonians and Idahoans are blessed to be surrounded by amazing (and refreshing) natural swimming holes, your best bet to chill out after a long, hot day. The spots listed below are just a SMALL sample of the amazing places that you can escape to for a natural hot weather treat.

Before you go, make sure you scout out your local AAA Travel Store for all your nature needs!

Idaho Swimming Spots

Fall Creek Falls – Mackay, ID 

Following a short hike, this spot is great for your little ones who can cool off in the wading pool underneath the fantastic falls. Several other hiking trails are available for the more advanced outdoor family.

Red Fish Lake – Stanley, ID

You’ll definitely want to spend at least a day here and with several camping sites, it makes for a great weekend trip. The General Store allows you to grab any last minute items you may have forgotten and the swimming area and diving platforms make for great family fun.

Beaver Bay Beach – Athol, ID

Part of the majestic Lake Pend Oreille, Beaver Bay Beach is a great beat-the-heat destination. With both shallow and deep water options, this spot is accessible for a group of all ages.

Oregon Swimming Spots

Three Pools – North Fork of the Santiam River

Willamette National Park boasts Three Pools as “an extremely popular destination, attracting over 15,000 visitors each year.” Take a vacation day and maybe save this visit during the week, when crowds are less likely to be gargantuan.

Collins Beach – Sauvies Island

Collins Beach is one of Portland’s not-so-kept-secrets but continues to be an excellent choice for cooling off on a hot summer day. With three miles of continuous beach, what could go wrong? Just make sure if you’re bringing the family along that you watch out for the clothing-optional area.

Alder Flats Swimming Hole – Estacada, OR 

This is one beautiful spot but does require a hike to reap the rewards of the cool & refreshing pool. Plan on bringing lots of water, refreshments and sun screen as you hike along the Alder Flats trail to paradise — that swimming hole!

Cascadia State Park – Cascadia, OR 

Every part of Cascadia State Park is breathtaking but when you’re looking to cool down, the swimming hole on the South Santiam River is the place to go. Pack your inner tubes for this one, as a handful of small rapids allow guests to enjoy a thrilling float.