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5 Swimming Lakes for South Sound–Area Kids and Families

Splash the day away at these super family swim spots

Published on: August 19, 2021

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Ready for a cool dip?

There is nothing quite like a cool dip in the lake during our beautiful Northwest summer. We are lucky around here to have plenty of gorgeous lakes, but which one to choose? We’ve scoped out five great swimming lakes for South Sound– and South King County–area kids and families. Each has a variety of features so you can pick the one best suited to your crew, or try them all.

Lake swimming tips for parents: Unlike pools with clear water and marked depths, lakes are a much different swimming experience, especially for kids. (Keep these safety tips from Seattle Children's top of mind.)

  • Lifeguards: Some lakes have lifeguards on duty at certain times. If this is important to you, take note as you read on.
  • Life jackets: Even if your kiddos are independent pool swimmers, life jackets can be a good idea for lake swimming — and a must for tots — because lake bottoms can have sudden drop-offs, wakes from boats, and fish and plant life that can make swimming more challenging.
  • Close watch: Keep close to kids when they are in the water, and make sure they come out and warm up in the sun every now and then if the water is cold. A neon swim shirt or similar distinctive clothing or life jacket can make it easier to keep track of kids.
  • Water shoes: Because lake bottoms have roots, rocks and sometimes even broken glass, water shoes can be a good investment for lake swims.

Use the arrows above the image to scroll through the swimming lake options!

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