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Best Swimming Lakes Around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Take the kids to spash and swim at these great lakes

Kate Missine

Published on: June 24, 2021

Matthews Beach swimming seattle where to swim summer 2020
Matthews Beach | Credit: Seattle Parks

Summer swimming

It's here: The beautiful summer weather we count on in the Northwest, and that means it's time to swim! Last summer, we missed out on outdoor swimming pools and free spray parks — whew, they're open for summer 2021.

But sometimes, a dip in a lake is the absolute best! Pack a picnic, play on the shore, splash in the shallows or practice swimming skills. We've rounded up great swimming lakes for kids and families up and down Puget Sound.

First, a few notes: Last summer there were a number of bacteria-related beach closures. Check the link for current closures. Second, it's always safest to swim where lifeguards are on duty, but not all beaches listed here have them. Lastly — and most importantly — always pay ultra-close attention to kids around water, even if they can swim. Check out these water safety guidelines from Seattle Children's.

First up: Seattle swimming beaches

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