Ready to go for a swim with the kids? If this heat has you ready to go jump in a lake (literally) here’s a list to help!
This round up comes from Sounds Fun Mom Facebook readers who responded to my request for their favorite South Sound lakes for swimming. If I missed a great one you know, leave a comment!
A Couple Boring But Important Cautions
Please do remember that even if a lake has lifeguards, it is important to be vigilant when your children are around water. In June (and even July) the cold temperature can also cause problems. You knew that, right? 🙂
**Also note that the following lakes currently have cautions due to toxic algae bloom.
Yeah….gross. You can read more about that here!
Note that these are lakes monitored by Pierce County. The King County page is here. I don’t see any King County Lakes under advisory right now, but any place with swimming should post a sign if there is an issue.
Spanaway Lake – Caution Advisory, issued July 3, 2017
Waughop Lake – Caution Advisory, issued July 3, 2017
Bay Lake – Caution Advisory, issued May 23, 2017
Harts Lake – Caution Advisory, issued May 12, 2017
Silver Lake – Caution Advisory, issued May 19, 2017
Ohop Lake – Caution Advisory, issued May 31, 2017
Whitman Lake – Caution Advisory, issued May 31, 2017
On to the good stuff….
Lakes for Swimming
Playground, swimming, spray park. Lifeguard hours posted at the park.
Swimming beach on Lake Washington, walking trails, playground, and food concessions. Lifeguards on duty 12pm-8pm mid June through Labor Day.
Lifeguards on duty from 12pm-7pm beginning Mid June; playground, boat rentals, concession stand. Reader Brooke adds that there are clean potties. Bonus!
Lifeguards 12pm-7pm beginning June 24th (public access closed prior to that for dock replacement; you may want to double check before you go). This big, fun park has a swimming beach, fishing, picnic areas, playground. You can a full review of the awesome park and grounds at Lake Meridian here.
Beach, play structure, concessions . Lifeguards 1pm-6pm-Thursday, 1pm-7pm Friday, and 12pm-7pm Saturday/Sunday. We have a review and pics of the playground here.
A King County Parks property that offers a sandy beach area, swimming, and a recently updated playground! I believe there are also some trails here. Want to write a review? Send me an email! We’ll pay you!
At the South End of Lake Tapps playground, swimming areas, kids’ concerts in the summer! No lifeguards on duty here. New for 2017-Kayak and paddle board rental!
This is a Pierce County Parks property sandy swimming area, concessions, picnic areas This is a hugely popular area with both swimmers and boaters. Go early to find a place to park (there is a parking fee).
This is a state park, so you’ll need a Discover pass. Readers like the calm swimming area, the trail around the lake, the playground, and the clean restrooms. Sounds like a winner to me! Update: Readers keep raving about this spot. You should go!
Private campground with day passes available. Reader Kim likes that this private, Christian camp doesn’t allow alcohol or profanity and says that the atmosphere seems less rowdy as a result. It’s 5.00 per person/kids 7 and under are free. They do also have overnight accommodations and rent to groups, so expect lots of company on busy weekends.
A swimming beach (no lifeguards), play area, and boat rentals. *See note above regarding current water advisory here.
Lifeguards on duty (with strict rules) and free swim lessons offered in the summer. There is a great playground and plenty of parking.
Picnic areas, trails, nice swimming beach. Reader Kristin says there are lifeguards, life jackets, and floating toys.
If you’re up for a bit of a ferry ride, Stephanie offers this suggestion
Reader Andria writes to look out for stumps outside of the swim area, and adds that there are nice trails and bbq spots. Note that if the day use parking is full, they will close the gate to day use. Go early on a hot day!
Mari likes this one! Swimming, fishing, boat rentals, trails for hiking and biking. This is a state park, so you will need a Discover Pass.
Rivers and Streams
In the forest behind the climbing wall at Sprinker Rec Center; there is just enough water for wading and splashing.
Read our full review about water play at Mashell River
More crick than creek…..this shaded park in Puyallup has a little creek just right for toddler wading and splashing. They will get muddy.
Shade, a stream….it’s a secret treasure worth finding! Note that only ONE of the water sources here gets low enough to be safe, and use caution around all rivers and streams, especially in the spring when they run very cold and fast due to snow melt.
For more swimming options, you can check my list of great beach outings, or my list of area beaches with sand! Both are full of options, mostly on chilly Puget Sound, but, hey-it’s hot enough for it!!
Be sure to also check our our Beat the Heat options for pools, spray parks, and much more!