Safety and fun at the pools near Yakima | Explore Yakima

Swimming holes. We all have our favourites. Some are popular. Some are secret, accessible to only a few.

Whether you have a favorite spot or not, swimming holes offer a great way to spend a day, soak up the sun and cool off with a quick dip, especially in this heat.

“Why should I tell you about this place?” So everyone will be there,” Magon Aragon joked Tuesday afternoon.

Magon and her husband, Rudy Aragon, brought their children to enjoy Bumping Lake.

“It’s a quick ride and a great way to cool off and relax after work,” Rudy said.

Explore has brought together some well-known places for your viewing pleasure. As always, take extra precautions when swimming in lakes and rivers. Safety first; we want you to come back to share your pools with us.






People swim at Bumping Lake on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.



hustling lake

Bumping Lake is easy to get to and a relatively quick drive from Yakima.

The calm water and easily accessible shoreline make it an ideal destination for swimming and other water activities like waterskiing, fishing, floating, and paddleboarding.

From Yakima, travel 25 miles on US Highway 12 to the junction with State Route 410. Travel 29 miles on SR 410 (Chinook Pass Highway) to milepost 88.4. Go up Bumping River Road for 11.7 miles.







US Highway 12

Vehicles drive along U.S. Highway 12 through Rimrock Lake Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in Yakima County, Washington.



Rimrock Lake

Rimrock Lake is along Highway 12, the White Pass Scenic Byway, and about 40 minutes from Yakima.

Swimming holes around Rimrock are found at the Horseshoe Cove boat launch and at Silver Beach on the shores of Rimrock Lake.

People’s Pond (Ellensburg)

Carey Lakes, commonly known as People’s Pond, is a 20-acre swimming hole located along the Yakima River. Both names are misleading – the lake or pond, whatever you call it, is made up of two ponds and both are swimmable. It is especially popular in hot weather.

People’s Pond is part of the Irene Rinehart Waterfront Park and is located at 1081 Umptanum Road in Ellensburg.

sheep lake

If you want to do cardio before cooling off, Sheep Lake is the way to go.

A gentle and easy climb for almost any hiker, the trail to Sheep Lake is 1.8 miles long. The lake has beach access, making it ideal for swimming or soaking your feet after your hike.

From Yakima, travel 25 miles on Highway 12 to the junction with SR 410 (Chinook Pass Highway). Drive 45 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot, on the right side of the road about 0.2 miles from the top of the pass. The trailhead is at the east end of the parking lot behind the vault toilet.

Mirror Lake

Looking for another opportunity to reward yourself with a swim after a hike? Mirror Lake near Snoqualmie Pass is the answer.

The 2.2 mile round trip brings you to Mirror Lake, a great place to swim after working up a sweat.

From Yakima, head west on Interstate 90 and take exit 62. Go south on Forest Road 54 for 1.5 miles, turn right on Forest Road 5480 and travel approximately 6 miles to the start of the trail.

Easton Lake

Lake Easton State Park, 150 Lake Easton State Park Road in Easton, is located along Interstate 90 and is open from 6:30 a.m. until dusk until September 30. He passed Roslyn on the way to Snoqualmie Pass.

The shoreline offers 24,000 feet of access for swimming and other water activities. There is also an area reserved for swimming. There are no lifeguards on the bathing beach.