Magazine article Sunset

Favorite (Legal) Swimming Holes

Magazine article Sunset

Favorite (Legal) Swimming Holes

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We appreciated how thoughtful you were to share with us your favorite swimming holes. Unfortunately, most of them are illegal and we can't reprint them here. Not that the park and recreation officials we checked with were surprised. One Washington ranger said, "People have been swimming at _____ for 50 years that I know of. They hang their clothes on the 'Do Not Swim' sign."

To keep you on the right side of the law, here are readers' favorite legal swimming holes around the West.

Betty Blair of Cave Junction, Oregon, tipped us off to Illinois River State Park, 1 mile south of Cave Junction on U.S. 199 (between Grants Pass, Oregon, and Crescent City, California). "We locals call it The Forks; it's where the east and west forks of the Illinois River meet and make a very nice swimming hole."

Luella Fickle of Orange, California, told us her three favorite spots to swim in Yosemite National Park, one of which--the Merced River--we can repeat here. Park officials advise swimmers to stick to the sandy bars between Clark's Bridge and Sentinel Beach near Housekeeping Camp beach.

Jody and Bill Collins of Renton, Washington, gave detailed instructions to another Yosemite swimming hole on the Merced, this one near the Wawona Hotel. …

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