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WESTERN SWIMMING HOLES AND HOT SPRINGS
(55 PLACES)
UPDATED 1/2014

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GIGANTIC WARM SPRINGS
(GIGA)

NO PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond
TOWNS LEWISTON, DENTON, BROOKS
LAT, LON lat=47.22050 lon=-109.46983(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MT
WATER Warm Springs
TYPE Family owned, huge warm spring swimming area.
DESCRIPTION Gigantic Warm Spring is said to have the highest flow volume of any warm spring in the world. It is a constant 68 degrees and gets to 14 feet deep with very clear water. It is not unusual for 200 people to swim here on a summer weekend day. It is on a privately owned ranch and there is a small entrance fee.
AREA None
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, about $3.00 in 2012
FACILITIES Toilets, picnic tables
ACTIVITIES Swimming, picnicing, volleyball
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Lewiston, go 9.5 miles north on RT 191 to Brooks then west (left) on RT 81 about 5 miles then right on Warm Springs Lane (see sign on RT 81).
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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GLACIER N. P. AREA
[3 PLACES]
(GLAC)

NO PHOTO TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS MISSOULA, KALISPELL
LAT, LON lat=48.6203, lon=-113.8732(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MT
WATER Lake McDonald, McDonald Creek
TYPE Lake/Creek
DESCRIPTION Several swimming places along the famous "Going-to-the-Sun" road in Glacier N.P.. Some in a lake, some in a stream. Cold water most of the summer. See DIRECTIONS below for details. For a map: Glacier N. P.- click on "map".
AREA Glacier N. P.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Fee to enter park
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Jumping, Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS "Going-to-the-Sun" road goes entirely across Glacier, from the west to the east entrance. This report from an avid swimming holes fan:"Beginning from the west end and going east, the beginning/lower section of this road begins by following the shore Lake. McDonald. There are several spots along the lake with pull-outs and pebble beaches that are very nice for swimming. After the road leaves the lake (still going east), it starts ascending. For several miles, it parallels a stream (McDonald Creek). Again, there are numerous pullouts because there are many fantastic views. Several of those pullouts have excellent swimming areas. Only caveat is the cold water. We were there in mid August and our kids (and their parents) loved it. After the "top," the road begins descending. At some point, it crosses a small bridge, with a waterfall & hiking trail also crossing the road. There are pullouts on both sides of the road there. We hiked downstream to a waterfall (no swimming there). The trail then continued to a relatively remote lake where we also found very nice swimming."
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 6/24/2007



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GOLDSTRIKE CANYON AREA
[2 PLACES]
(GLDA)

YOUTUBE - THE HIKE TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS LAS VEGAS, HENDERSON, BOULDER CITY
STATE NV
WATER Hot Springs/Colorado River
TYPE Hot Springs/River
DESCRIPTION Another outstanding hot-cold pair, very close to each other near Hoover Dam. Requires an 8 mile (round trip) strenouos hike down (an up) a rugged desert canyon (see YouTube video above). (Also, on our interactive map, switch to the "Google Terrain" view to get a good look at the trail route.) Wear hiking shoes, take plenty of water and tell someone where you are going. This from a hiker here: "WARNING: Wildlife is prevalent here! This means Nevada GREEN rattlesnakes, which can have deadly bite as well as big horn sheep that can also be dangerous. Stay away from wildlife here, they are more dangerous then they look, and a snake bite 4 miles down a strenuous trail with no help in sight could be life-threatening." See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREA Lake Mead Recreation Area
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Hot Springs, Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING No developed camping on site, steep canyon trails.
BATHING SUITS Optional
DIRECTIONS
From Las Vegas, take RT 93/95 east through Henderson and Boulder City toward Hoover Dam and the Lake Mead Recreation Area. Go about 0.3 miles past the Hacienda Casino (which old-timers know as the Goldstrike Casino), exit right at the first off-ramp on the new highway (Exit #2 signed to Hoover Dam).

Either way, at the end of the off-ramp, turn right (left is to Hoover Dam), then quickly turn left and drive east down a rough dirt road (parallel to RT 93) as far as your vehicle will permit (end of the road is about .5 miles down). Park and walk if you have to. At the end of this road is the trailhead. It will be a 4 mile (each way) strenuous hike with clambering over rocks and descending with help of ropes (see YouTube video above) from the end of this road down canyons to the Hot Springs and the Colorado River. Be sure to read this DESCRIPTION OF HIKE . Then:

GOLDSTRIKE HOT SPRINGS [GLDH]: This from a visitor:" After a long hike, you'll find natural hot springs approximately 3.5 miles down the path (at approximately 35.98262,-114.74773). YOUTUBE - THE SPRINGS , PHOTO , PHOTO There are some climbing areas to get back into the springs, and this is a moderately strenuous hike, including ropes and ladders that are NOT park maintained, but maintained by regular folks, and are used often. The hot springs start small, and if you continue down the path increase in size. Even during the hottest point during the summer, water is flowing here from the natural hot springs. Three very large pools, one well over 6 feet deep have been built up and reinforced with sandbags, and there are two small waterfalls."

"WARNINGS: This water is HOT. Do not stay in during summer for extended periods of time, test the water with your hand for temperature before submerging your body, there are several springs feeding here, and some are hotter than others. DO NOT submerge your head or face in hot springs in Nevada, ever! The water can contain a dangerous amoeba that can cause a serious brain infection." LAT, LON (of trailhead at end of road): lat=36.01054, lon=-114.77220 (source: Map) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Partially verified. Pretty confident. Updated 1/2012.

COLORADO RIVER BEACH [COLB]: This from a visitor:" "The trail ends in the Colorado river, another 3/4 to a 1/2 mile past the hot springs. A rocky little beach makes a great place for swimming out here, there's even a bit of sand. The water is rather smooth here, a very slight downstream current. Some folks have actually paddled up here and done the trail backwards to go to the springs above. The water is very cold, I'd estimate it's between 55-60 F." This is pretty awesome, being just downstream from Hoover Dam - just hope they dont open the floodgates! LAT, LON (of trailhead at end of road): lat=36.01054, lon=-114.77220 (source: Map) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Partially verified. Pretty confident. Updated 1/2012.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED Partially
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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GRANITE HOT SPRINGS
(GRAN)

LINK TO INFO TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS JACKSON, HOBACK JUNCTION, BONDURANT
LAT, LON lat=43.36825, lon=-110.44629(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WY
WATER Hot Springs
TYPE Natural hot water led into concrete pool - open year round.
DESCRIPTION This from a report:"Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed Granite Hot Springs Pool. While the hot springs have attracted visitors for thousands of years, it wasn't until the mid-1930s that the thermal heated water was captured in a cement container found there today. With the temperature varying from 93 degrees in the summer to 112 degrees in the winter, the Granite Hot Springs Pool is a year-round attraction. Between the river, pool, flush toilets, and several family focused activities, the Granite Creek campground is one of the more popular stops in the Teton National Forest." It is a hot water concrete swimming pool operated as a concession from the Forest Service - a fee is charged.
AREA Teton National Forest
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, about $6.00 in 2010
FACILITIES Toilets, picnicing
ACTIVITIES Hot tubbing
PHONE 307-734-7400
CAMPING There is a National Forest campground before you get to the hot springs. Also, free camping is allowed along the road to the Hot Springs with the exception of the final 2 miles.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Jackson, Wyoming: Follow RT 191 south to the Hoback Junction. At the Hoback Junction turn left (southeast) on RT 189/191. Drive for approximately 12 miles to the Granite Hot Springs turn. Turn left on the Granite Hot Springs dirt road (well maintained but not plowed in winter) and drive for another 10 miles to arrive at the Hot Springs.

Winter Access: Granite Hot Springs is accessible during the winter months by snowmobile or cross country skis. The dirt road to the Hot Springs is not plowed during the winter months but is groomed for snowmobilers and cross country skiers.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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GREAT FALLS AREA
[3 PLACES]
(GREA)

NO PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS GREAT FALLS
STATE MT
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes in Great Falls and nearby. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREA Varies - see below.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING Primitive camping at Sluice Boxes S. P.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Great Falls:

BROADWATER BAY [BROA]: Popular swimming place in the Missouri River in Great Falls - with a beach and a dock. From downtown, take River Drive south to where the Applebee's restaurant is. Broadwater Bay is across the street from Applebee's. LAT, LON :lat=47.49336, lon=-111.31200(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 11/17/2007.

WHITE BEAR ISLAND [WHIT]: Another swimming place in the Missouri River in Great Falls. Continue south on River Drive to 4250 Lower River Road in Great Falls. LAT, LON :lat=47.49336, lon=-111.31200(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 11/17/2007.

SLUICE BOXES S. P."[SLUI]: South of Great Falls, Belt Creek goes through a canyon where it is paralleled by a trail that follows an abandoned rail track. There is great scenery and many swimming places along this trail. NOTE: The trail requires crossing the creek numerous times with no bridges, passable only during the dry season, about mid-July through September. WEB SITE . PHONE: 406-454-5840. Lat=47.19211, lon=-110.94125(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here: From Great Falls, take RT 87 southeast to Armington then RT 89 south for 15 miles until you see a sign marked "Sluice Boxes State Park." Take a right at the sign and west over a bridge until you see a parking lot on your left. There are many places to swim, including at the bridge and along the trail.

Another approach to the Sluice Boxes is via the Primitive State Park - instead of turning off into the lower state park continue on the road a couple of miles until you see a parking area on your left and a sign for Primitive State Park. From the parking area follow the pretty steep path for about a mile and it will go down to a swimming area. The primitive state park has high cliffs, a middle level cliff, a nice beach, and a large swimming hole. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 11/17/2007. CONFIDENCE
Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 11/17/2007



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HAWAII AREA
[2 PLACES]
(HAWA)

NO PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS HAWAII - KAILUA
LAT, LON lat=19.675, lon=-155.578(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE HI
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes on the "Big" Hawaiian island of Hawaii. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREA Varies - see below
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Uknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS Directions are from Keahole Aiport, Hawaii:

KONA POOL [KONA]: A little-known state-owned saltwater swimming hole fed by the ocean waves. To get here: from Keahole Aiport: Turn right onto Queen Kaahumanu Highway 19. At second stoplight about 5 miles down, turn right onto Palani Drive. Follow Palani Drive until it changes to Alii Drive. On Alii Drive, between Kona-By-The-Sea and Kona Isle is a 100-yard access trail that leads you to the saltwater pool. The pool is right by the ocean and tere's a smaller tide-pool to the left. If you want to swim in seawater but are hesitant to go into the ocean, here's your chance. The pool occasionally gets funky if the ocean doesn't splash over it for a while. LAT, LON : lat=19.63, lon=-156.0(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.

KEANELE WATER HOLE [KEAN]: A beautiful beach (at Kiholo Bay) and a freshwater swimming hole deep in the rocks near the bay. BLOG DESCRIPTION . To get here: from Keahole Aiport: turn left onto Queen Kaahumanu Highway 19. After Kekaha Kai State Park, there is an unsigned gravel road (passable by car) on the left that has something that looks like a barber pole. Travel the road toward the beach (west). At the fork, you can go straight and park by the porta-pottis (small parking space) or go left and park by the octagonal building and porta-pottis(only enough parking for about 5 vehicles) or veer left and park by the octagonal building and other portable toilets. After you park, walk either north along the beach past all the camping spots on the beach and past a small resort. Here you will find a freshwater pool in a cave in the rocks under the trees. THere is a wood ladder down the water. You can jump too, and swim under the lava rock to another part of the pool. LAT, LON : lat=19.85214, lon=-155.93033(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.
CONFIDENCEPretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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HOT SPRINGS AREA
[3 PLACES]
(HOTA)

NO PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS RAPID CITY, HOT SPRINGS
STATE SD
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes in Rapid City and nearby. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREA Varies - see below.
SANCTION Varies - see below.
FEE Varies - see below.
FACILITIES Varies - see below.
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING Several N. F. campgrounds west of Rapid City off RT 385.
BATHING SUITS Required or customary
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City:

EVANS PLUNGE [EVAN]: Indoor (commercial - with fee) naturally-warm (87 degrees) mineral water pool with hot tub and slides. The springs continue to flow up through the pebble bottom of the site’s pool. At the flow rate of nearly 5,000 gallons per minute, Evans Plunge is never the same water, changing entirely every half hour, ensuring fresh clean water at all times. The mammoth spring at the north end of the pool is the original spring that Native Americans used for drinking water and year-round source for bathing, believing it had the power to heal. WEB SITE . Address: 1145 North River Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747 Phone: 605-745-5165. LAT, LON :lat= 43.44143, lon=-103.48053(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

CASCADE FALLS [CASC]: Swimming place at bottom of falls fed by natural spring (always 67 degrees) at a National Forest picnic area. Clean, clear, warm water. Parking lot, restroom, picnic tables, path to falls. WATCH OUT FOR POISON IVY. From the town of Hot Springs, go south on RT 71 (Cascade Rd.) for 8 miles to signs for Cascade Falls Picnic Area. LAT, LON :lat= 43.31878, lon=-103.5620(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

ANGOSTURA RECREATION AREA [ANGO]: State Park featuring Angostura Reservoir (water levels may be low) and camping. WEB SITE . Angostura Reservoir is a water-lover's haven with breathtaking, scenic views. Offering crystal clear waters, 36 miles of shoreline, and some of the finest sandy beaches in the state, the area boasts many water sports and summer fun activities - camping, boating, fishing, and swimming. There may be both official and unoffical beaches here, no details. Entrance fee charged. All facilities provided. Address: 13157 N. Angostura Road, Hot Springs, SD 57747. Phone: 605.745.6996. Ten miles southeast of Hot Springs off RT 385/18. LAT, LON :lat=43.345873, lon= -103.4(source: Web site) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014. CONFIDENCE
Varies - see above
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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HOT SPRINGS S. P.
(HOSP)

LINK TO INFO & PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS CASPER, RIVERTON, THERMOPOLIS
LAT, LON lat=43.65058, lon=-108.20904(source: map) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WY
WATER Hot Springs
TYPE Hot Springs
DESCRIPTION Hot Springs State Park - from their WEB SITE: "Over colorful terraces along the Big Horn River at Thermopolis flows water from mineral hot springs. More than 8,000 gallons flow over the terrace every 24 hours at a constant temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The park has a free bath house where the water is maintained at 104 degrees for theraputic bathing. Hot Springs has 6.2 miles of universally accessible trails and hiking trails. It is a full-service park with comfort stations, a Volksmarch trail, fishing, and a couple of boat docks. One of the reservable group picnic shelters is located here. Hot Springs is a day-use park."

"There is no fee for using the Bath House; however, there is a nominal charge for rental of towels and swimsuits. The hot mineral water is maintained at 104 degrees Fahrenheit to provide the safest healing water possible. Attendants are available to assist you with your needs. The Bath House hours are: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sundays noon to 5:30 p.m. The Bath House is closed on holidays during the winter and open on holidays during the summer, noon to 5:30."
AREA Hot Springs State Park
SANCTION Official
FEE None (Donations accepted)
FACILITIES All facilities
ACTIVITIES Hot Soaking
PHONE (307)864-2176
CAMPING No camping at site - day use park only.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Casper, go west on RT 20 about 100 miles then north on RT 20 another 30 miles to Thermopolis. The Hot Spings State Park address is 538 N Park St.Thermopolis, WY 82443.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2013



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KAUAI AREA
[3 PLACES]
(KAUA)

PHOTOS BELOW TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS KAUAI - WAIMEA, KILAUEA, KEALIA
LAT, LON lat=22.077, lon=-159.533(source: Topozone) (accuracy:general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE HI
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION There are many beautiful and popular swimmng holes on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. For details on some, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREA Unknown
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Uknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, sliding
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Lihue Airport, Kauai:

KOAIE CANYON [KOAI]: A spectacular hike in the Waimea Canyon area with numerous swimming holes along the way. LAT, LON : lat=22.079, lon=-159.647(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here from the airport, take RT 58 to RT 50 west to Waimea then take RT 550 north along the Waimea Canyon. Begin on the Kukui Trail (rated difficult), which starts along Highway 550, about 0.75 miles beyond the 8-Mile Marker. Kukui Trail is a scenic trail down the west side of Waimea Canyon. It makes a 2000 ft. elevation drop to the canyon floor ending at the Wiliwili Camp site.

Next take the Koaie Trail, which starts about a half mile up the Waimea River from the bottom of the Kukui Trail. It takes you on a route along the south side of Koaie Canyon, with good scenery and swimming holes. DANGER: Do not access to this trail during stormy weather in the mountains due to dangers related to flash flood storm (runoff over the Waimea River crossings). There are two backpack campsites (by permit only) on this trail, Hipalau and Lonomea. No commercial use allow for camping and hiking. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/16/04.

KEAHUA FORESTRY ARBORETUM [KEAH]: Not the deepest of swimming holes, this is, however, an excellent choice for families. The cascading stream makes for a fun spot for kids to splash. Stay away during heavy rains, as flash flooding does occur. For photos and info, see KEAHUA FORESTRY ARBORETUM . LAT, LON : lat=22.069542, lon=-159.413123(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here from the airport, take RT 51 east to RT 56 north toward Wailua. After crossing the Wailua River Bridge, turn left on Kuamo'o Road (RT 580). The Keahua Forestry Arbetorum is approximately 5 miles down the road, past the Wailua Reservoir. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 12/08.

QUEENS BATH [QUEE]: Swimming holes in potholes in lava field. CAUTION: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THIS PLACE IN THE WINTER, WAVES ARE HIGH AND ROGUE WAVES ARE COMMON AND VISITORS HAVE DROWNED. SUMMER ONLY. LAT, LON : lat=22.22955, lon=-159.48545(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here, continue on RT 56 north to Princeville on the north side of the island. Princeville is a private residential area, so be sure to park only in the designated spot for the bath/beach. If it is full, do not park on the street, and do not park on anyone's lawn, or driveway. In Princeville from Ka Haku Rd., turn right on Punahele Rd and right on Kapi'olani Rd. . Park only in the designated place. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 2/2010.
CONFIDENCEPretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2010



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LAKE POWELL AREA
[2 PLACES]
(LAPA)

INFO & PHOTOS & MAP TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS LAS VEGAS
STATE NV & AZ
WATER Lake Powell (Colorado River)
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION The are countless beautiful places to swim in Lake Powell if you have a boat. There are some also that you can reach by car. Here are a few of the latter. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREA Glen Canyon NRA
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES All facilities at Visitors Centers at Wahweap (AZ) and Bullfrog (UT). Some facilities at Antelope Point and at other activity centers.
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPINGThere are developed campgrounds at Wahweap and Bullfrog and others, none at Antelope Point (see Wahweap for camping).
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS See below.

BULLFROG [BULF]: In the UT (northern) section of Lake Powell. There is a marina here and other facilities. There are not any official swim beaches at Bullfrog. However, Hobie Cat beach is a popular swimming area. Visitors will also swim near their camps at the Stanton Creek Primitive Campground. All swimming is at your own risk, there are no life guards on duty. To get directions, look for BULLFROG on the map on the NRA WEB SITE or use these coordinates. LAT, LON: lat=37.52722, lon=-110.72004 source: Map) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2013.

ANTELOPE POINT [ANTL]: In the AZ (southern) section of Lake Powell. There is a marina here, food and other facilities (no camping). There are not any official swim beaches at Antelope. However, There is a nice unofficial swimming place as shown in this video: YOUTUBE. All swimming is at your own risk, there are no life guards on duty. This is near Page in north central AZ.To get directions, look for ANTELOPE POINT on the map on the NRA WEB SITE or use these coordinates. LAT, LON: lat=36.96351, lon=-111.44128 source: Map) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2013.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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MAUI AREA
[8 PLACES]
(MAUI)

PHOTOS BELOW TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS MAUI - KAHULUI, WAILUKU
LAT, LON lat=20.816, lon=-156.361(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE HI
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Beautiful and popular swimming holes on the Hawaiian island of Maui. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREA Varies - see below
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Uknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, sliding
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Kaluhui Airport, Maui:

HANA HIGHWAY [HANA]: From Kaluhui Airport, head east along RT 36/360 toward Hana and along the way there are several falls with swimming holes below. Reset your odometer at RT 360. LAT, LON : lat=20.83, lon=-156.14(source: deLorme) (accuracy:general area) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. For highlights along the road, buy a Hana Highway Guide

Mile Marker 2: Twin Falls. Park in the lot on the right side of the road, cross over the fence and walk across a grass area then down a dirt road down to the falls. Swim in pool at the bottom of the falls. INFO AND PHOTOS

Mile Marker 11: Puohokamoa Falls. The main feature of a small state park, Puohokamoa can be seen from a stop along the winding road to Hana. It is only one of several falls along the highway, and the park also features a pleasant grassy area, with a picnic table or two, from which the water can be seen. Some visitors swim in the refreshing pool at the base of the falls. For information and photos, see HAWAII WEB .

Mile Marker 17: Keanae Village, a Hawaiian village, taro fields, missionary church and swimming area. Walk down the gravel road, then swim upstream 50 yards to the small falls and a large pool.

Mile Marker 22.6: Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside Park. A quiet stream, small waterfall and pools. Restrooms and picnic spots are available. Parking lot also. LINK TO PHOTO . This rest stop lies within a rain forest. It offers a pleasant waterfall and pools. The falls create a soothing background sound for the park's picnic area. There is a well-marked path which leads to the falls and to a swimming hole. The park offers some beautiful rain forest vegetation. This wayside park lies along the Hana Highway approximately 38 miles east of the Kahului Airport, on Maui.

Mile Marker 42: Ohe'O'Gulch and Pipiwai Stream in Haleakala National Park. The Pipiwai Trail follows the stream and goes to the 7 Sacred Pools and ends at the Waimoku Falls, falling 400-feet down a sheer lava rock wall into a swimming hole at the bottom. It is a 4 mile round trip hike to the falls and takes about 3 hours. On Hwy 31, park just past Mile Marker 42 on the ocean side of the highway. See: HAWAII WEB.

IAO STREAM [IAOS]: A 1 mile hike in the spectacular Iao Valley along Iao Stream with several swimming places on the way. Here is a link to information and photos of the Iao Valley: IAO VALLEY STATE PARK . To get here from the Kaluhui airport, take RT 36 west to RT 32 west through Wailuku. Past Wailuku, RT 32 (Kaahumanu Road) becomes RT 320. Continue to the end of this road at the Iao Valley State Park/Monument. Park here and walk along the Iao Stream. The first half mile is on a trail, you may have to wade or hop rocks in the second half mile. The swimming holes are along here. LAT, LON lat=20.8800, lon=-156.5554(source: Topozone) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/16/04.

MAKAMAKAOLE FALLS [MAKA]: A 1 mile hike (each way) to a a large waterfall on Makamaka'ole Stream with a pool you can swim in at the bottom. LINK TO VIDEO . To get here from the Kaluhui airport, take RT 36 west to RT 340 north and go until you come to Waihe'e Ridge Rd. (not sure how far this is. We think the road narrows to one-lane and is known as Kahekili Highway. This waterfall is located just past Mile Marker #8.). Turn left (west) and drive 0.9 miles to park at the parking area for the Waihe'e Ridge Trail. The trail begins steep and you will see the falls right away. Hike about 1 mile (not sure of hike distance)to the pool at the base of the falls. LAT, LON lat=20.95304, lon=-156.54870(source: Topo map) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 2/2011.

OLIVINE POOLS [OLIV]: Natural salt water swimming pools in lava rock beside Kahakuola Bay. TO get here from Makamakaole Falls (above) continue north on RT 340 toward Kahakuloa Village. Just before you get to mile marker 16 there is a small gravel road on the left. Park here and walk toward the ocean. Walk to the right at the second intersection. Flat rock is above the pools and a trail to the left going down to ledges and the pools. Wear shoes to walk on the lava and dont wear lotion or oil in the pools. LAT, LON lat=20.99814, lon=-156.55037 (source: Topo map) (accuracy:general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 2/2011.

CONFIDENCEPretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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MCGILL SPRINGS
(MCGI)

NO PHOTO TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS ELY, MCGILL
LAT, LON lat=39.41260, lon=-114.77979(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE NV
WATER McGill Springs
TYPE Spring
DESCRIPTION Quaint, fun swimming hole in the Nevada desert! Natural spring, but with a slide, diving boards and sandy beach.
AREA None - Humbolt N.F. and Great Basin N. P. are nearby.
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Picnic tables
ACTIVITIES Swimming, sliding, diving
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Camping nearby at either Humbolt N.F. or Great Basin N. P.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS To get here from Ely, go north 12 miles on RT 93 to McGill. The swimming hole is at Dairy Road and Main Street.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 10/4/2004



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MILL CREEK FALLS
(MILC)

YOUTUBE TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS MISSOULA, HAMILTON
LAT, LON (trailhead) lat=46.31060, lon=-114.22172 (source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MT
WATER Mill Creek
TYPE Creek/Falls
DESCRIPTION Hike to several small falls and swimming places along a canyon trail. Mill Creek is a continuous display of cascades, falls and pools. The Mill Creek Trail follows the creek with canyon walls high above. At the 3 mile point, there is a 60 foot waterfall and swimming hole at the bottom. Other swimming places along the trail.
AREA Bitterroot N. F.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, hiking
PHONE None
CAMPING Camping nearby in N.F.
BATHING SUITS Optional
DIRECTIONS To get here from Missoula, go south about 45 miles on RT 93 (through Lolo, before Hamilton) and turn right on Dutch Hill Rd.. Turn Left on Bowman Rd. Take the 2nd right onto Mill Creek Trail Rd. and proceed to the trailhead.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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MOUNT RUSHMORE AREA
[2 PLACES]
(MTRA)

PHOTOS BELOW TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS RAPID CITY, KEYSTONE
STATE SD
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes near Mt. Rushmore and the town of Keystone. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREA Varies - see below.
SANCTION Varies - see below.
FEE Varies - see below.
FACILITIES Varies - see below.
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING Several N. F. campgrounds east and west of Mt. Rushmore
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City, head south on RT 16 to Keystone, then:

HORSETHIEF LAKE [HORS]: Just down the road from Mt. Rushmore, this is a great place for a 30 - 60 foot cliff jump into water that is said to be plenty deep. PHOTO , PHOTO . Here is a report from a visitor in 2009: "You can walk in from the road. It gets gradually deeper for about 10 feet and then just drops straight down to the 15 feet level quickly. To get up the rocks you can access them close to the road and climb up to the 30' elevation rather quickly. Then the 50 or 60 foot jump is just a walk up the same rock near a tree. The water is plenty deep enough."

"We were out there a few weeks ago. Then some people stopped and drove head first into the water. Then they did a backflip. It was a great time. Here are some better pictures to post which gives a good idea on the height which was 30-50 feet depending on where you jumped from."

From Keystone take RT 244 west (pass Mt. Rushmore) and go about 5 miles and the lake will be at the bottom of a hill on your left. When looking at the lake the jumping cliff is on the right. Parking is right next to the road in a pull off, and the lake is just over the guardrail, and its an easy climb to the top. LAT, LON : lat= 43.89408, lon=-103.48069(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

HIPPIE HOLE [HIPH]: (AKA "Big Falls") Huge pool at the bottom of Big Falls on Battle Creek. Very popular - some trash and glass - wear river shoes. Cliff to jump from. YOUTUBE (video shows very dangerous activity - not recommended). We have two sets of directions for this, the first way seems better.

FIRST WAY: From Keystone go east on RT 40 (Madill St) through old Keystone and drive about 3 miles then turn north (left) on Rockerville Rd. and after another 3 miles turn east (right) onto (unknown name) road. Follow this road about 1.25 miles then turn south (right) and follow this road to the end (about 1 mile) at a parking area for Hippie Hole. LAT, LON (of parking): lat= 43.89642, lon=-103.3652(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Park and follow he trail down to Battle Creek (BEWARE of POISON IVY) then downstream to the waterfalls and swimming hole (walk is only about .25 miles each way). Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

SECOND WAY: From Keystone go east on RT 40 (Madill St) through old Keystone and drive about 4 miles (past the turnoff on Rockerville Rd., above, and crossing over Battle Creek) and park in a circular gravel road (Parking: 43.886,-103.372). Hike north on the trail down into the canyon to Battle Creek (BEWARE of POISON IVY). Careful- The trail is steep in areas. When you reach the creek, stay on the trail to the waterfalls and swimming hole. Uncertain of this way. Not verified. Updated 1/2014. CONFIDENCE
Varies - see above
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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OAHE DOWNSTREAM
(OAHE)

NO PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS SIOUX FALLS, RAPID CITY, PIERRE
LAT, LON lat=44.43059, lon=-100.3992(Map) (accuracy:Approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE SD
WATER Missouri River
TYPE River/Lake
DESCRIPTION Swimming opportunities in tailwater area of dam. BE VERY CAUTIOUS OF STRONG CURRENTS.
AREA Oahe Downstream Recreation Area (Corps of Engineers)
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, boating
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Several camgrounds at site.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City, go east on I-90 to Exit 212 then north on RT 83 to Pierre. Near Pierre go west (left) on RT 34/14 a short way then north (right) on RT 1806 to the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area. Swimming places are here (no better directions).
CONFIDENCE Uncertain
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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OAHU AREA
3 PLACES
(OAHU)

PHOTOS BELOW TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS OAHU - HONOLULU
LAT, LON lat=21.287, lon=-157.754(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE HI
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Several outstanding swimming places on Oahu. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREA Varies - see below
SANCTION Varies - see below
FEE Varies - see below
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, snorkeling
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS All directions are from Honolulu:

TOILET BOWL [TOIL]: NOTE: This place was closed indefinitely as of 3/2009 because of rocks caving in from around the rim.
This report from an enthusiastic fan: "On Oahu, you go to Hanauma Bay, which is a big tourist draw for amateur snorkelers... everyone knows where it is... it's a big site... as you look out at the ocean from the bay, you just walk all away around the point to the left (as you look out at the ocean) and the toilet bowl is at the bottom of a little gorge cut out of lava rock." (It is not very good for snorkeling, really. Better to stay in Waikiki and snorkel along the near side (Waikiki beach side) of the rock "groin" or jetty that is at the Queens Beach. This place is much easier to get to and you will not see quite as many fish as at Hanauma but you will see a good variety.) PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2 , PHOTO 3

"It is totally cool. The water comes into, and flows out, of a big sort of oval pool which is about 10 x 12 feet and about 7 or 8 feet deep. This happens with each surge of the waves. The water enters and leaves through a small passageway, which is fun for the brave to swim through... you let the wave suck you out into the ocean side, as the water goes down."

"The normal routine is to jump in when full, making sure to swim toward the water as it comes in (so it doesn't knock you against the rock), then, as the water goes out, you swim away from the current, so you don't get sucked through the hole. It's not as hard as it sounds, and when you go there, you observe those inside for awhile, and the other swimmers instruct you (being "pros") before you jump in."

"When you want to get out, the best way is to wait until a large enough wave comes in so that you can slide up onto the edge like a seal. Sometimes, if the wave isn't big enough, you have to wait a while for a nice enough wave, so get out before you're too tired."

To get here from Honolulu, take RT H1 southeast then RT 72 southeast to Hanauma Bay S. P.. As you look out at the ocean from the bay, you just walk all away around the point to the left (as you look out at the ocean) and the toilet bowl is at the bottom of a little gorge cut out of lava rock.LAT, LON : lat=21.272, lon=-157.696(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Partially verified. 3/2009. Updated 2/2010.

WAIMEA FALLS [WAIM]: On the North Shore of Oahu, the 55-foot-high cascade forms the centerpiece of Waimea Valley Park, operated by the Audubon Society. PHOTO , PHOTO , PHOTO There's a modest admission charge for the attractive nature reserve, with its flowers and peacocks. There are interesting guided tours included in the admission charge. In ancient times, the valley was the home of thousands of Hawaiians. Capt. James Cook's ships took on water there in 1779. Swimming is permitted in the large natural pool under the falls - there is even a lifeguard on duty. To get here from Honolulu, take RT H1 west bound to RT H2 heading to the North Shore. Take the Wahiawa Exit and get on Kamehameha Highway. Turn right into the Park just past the Waimea Bay Beach Park. LAT, LON : lat=21.6339, lon=-158.0463(source: Topozone) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified, 3/2009. Updated 2/2010.

MOKULUA ISLANDS [MOKU]: This entusiastic report from a visitor:"This is the location of the best swimming hole I ever encountered. Off the shore of Lanikai Beach, Oahu are two small islands, the Mokulua Islands. LINK TO PHOTOS. The one on the left has a small sandy area that you can easily land a sea kayak on - in fact that is what most people do. they rent kayaks and paddle out. (A little hint, use individual kayaks, not doubles. they are faster and more stable when you only have to worry about balancing yourself. Of course do not go without a life vest) Watch the water, you may see some sea turtles on the way! When on the island, make sure you are wearing boat shoes or something on your feet. walk around the left (or northwest) side of the island, there you will find a small cove that is protected by rocks. it is pristine with warm water, crystal blue color, and easy to get in and out of due to a rock ledge that is just below the water line. Absolutely awesome!" LAT, LON: lat=21.39215, lon=-157.69956(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 2/2010

Lanikai Beach is right next to Kailua Beach on the southeast coast of Oahu. To get here, from Waikiki take RT H1 to the Pali Highway (RT 61) and go over the Pali to the Windward side of Oahu. Stay on the Pali at Kamehameha Hwy the Pali turns into Kalanianaole Hwy. Take Kalanianaole Hwy to Kailua Rd. You will not need to make a turn onto Kailua Rd, just bear to the left where Kailua Rd meets Kalanianaole Hwy. At the triangle intersection of Kailua Rd and Kuulei Rd, bear to the right to stay on Kailua Rd. At the second signal intersection, make a left turn to stay on Kailua Road. Go to the intersection of Kailua Rd and Kawailo Rd. Take Kawailo Rd to Aalapapa Dr. Aalapapa Dr and Mokulua Dr form a large one way loop that along with thier side streets encompass the area know as Lanikai. Aalapapa Dr leads into Lanikai and Mokulua Dr leads out of Lanikai. There are many two way streets in the area that connect Aalapapa Dr and Mokulua Dr making it easy to change directions while in the loop. To get to Lanikai Beach find parking along Mokulua Dr or one of its many side streets. On Mokulua Dr there are many public access points to the beach. There may be vans there where you can rent a kayak. Kayak out to the island.
CONFIDENCEVery confident
VERIFIED Partially, 3/2009
DATE UPDATED 2/2010



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RAPID CITY AREA
[3 PLACES]
(RAPA)

NO PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS RAPID CITY, NEMO
STATE SD
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes in Rapid City and nearby. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREA Varies - see below.
SANCTION Varies - see below.
FEE Varies - see below.
FACILITIES Varies - see below.
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Varies - see below
CAMPING Several N. F. campgrounds west of Rapid City off RT 385.
BATHING SUITS Required or customary
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City:

CHAPEL LANE [CHAP]: Reputed (not sure) swimming place in Rapid Creek on the west side of Canyon Lake. To get here from Rapid City, go west on RT 44 (Jackson Blvd.) past Canyon Lake on the left and Blessed Sacrament Church on the right then take the next left onto Chapel Lane. Immediately there is a bridge over Canyon Creek and the swimming place is to the west side (right) of this bridge in the creek. Not sure how you access this swimming place. Be respectful of private property. LAT, LON :lat=44.05954, lon=-103.2954(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Uncertain. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

STEAMBOAT ROCK [STER]: Swimming place in Boxelder Creek at a National Forest picnic area. From Rapid City, take W. Chicago St. and continue straight onto S. Canyon Rd. then onto Nemo Rd.. STay on Nemo Rd. as with twists and turns to signs for the Steamboat Rock Picnic Area (all told, this is about 17 twisty miles from Rapid City) LAT, LON :lat=44.15647, lon=-103.46529(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 1/2014.

NEMO [NEMO]: Swimming place in Boxelder Creek near Nemo. From STEAMBOAT ROCK (above) continue west on Nemo Rd.to the town of Nemo. In Nemo, go west on RT 140, keep right to stay on RT 140 (dont continue straight onto Blue Draw Ln.) and cross the bridge over Boxelder Creek. The swimming place is near or just past this bridge in Boxelder Creek. LAT, LON :lat=44.19310, lon=-103.51584 (source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Uncertain. Not verified. Updated 1/2014. CONFIDENCE
Varies - see above
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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RED ROCK CANYON AREA
[2 PLACES]
(REDA)

INFO & PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS LAS VEGAS
STATE NV
WATER Oak Creek
TYPE Creek
DESCRIPTION Easy hike to a spring-fed swimming hole in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (BLM). The canyon is a very dry, desert area but there are a few springs. BLM HIKING INFO. MAP OF HIKING TRAILS. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREA Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (BLM).
SANCTION Unnofficial
FEE Entrance fee to Red Rock Canyon.
FACILITIES All facilities at Visitors Center
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Hiking
PHONE Unknown
CAMPINGThere is a developed campground. Very exposed,shade ramadas over tables, no trees, no hookups, drinkning water, vault toilets, not recommended for summer months, very hot.
BATHING SUITS Optional
DIRECTIONS From Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon is located west of Las Vegas on Charleston Blvd (State Road 159). Charleston is a major east/west street that can be accessed from any north/south surface street or from the 215 Beltway. Visitors should proceed west on Charleston. The boundary for Red Rock Canyon is approximately two miles west of the RT 215 Beltway/Red Rock Casino. The Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center is located approximately four miles west of the park boundary and will be the second road that exits the right. Then:

OAK CREEK [OAKC]:A ravine fed by a natural spring with two large pools for swimming, trail is about 2 miles (round trip) and easy to walk. PHOTO , PHOTO , PHOTO . This is HIKE #16 on the MAP OF HIKING TRAILS. To get here: Take the one-way Scenic Loop drive (13 miles). The turn off to the Oak Creek trail is the last available turn out in the one way loop - if you miss it, you'll have to loop around and drive another 13 miles. This last turn out is an often overlooked gravel road on the right-hand side; around mile 12 marker. Take the 1/2 mile road down to the parking area (has vault toilet). LAT, LON (of parking area): lat=36.11089, lon=-115.46607 (source: Map) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.

This from a visitor: "Take the rather easy trail (2 miles round trip)to the water. The trail will branch, but keep to the South, as if you were hiking into the canyon between the mountains, where the vegetation becomes more lush because of the water flow. The trail gets a bit spotty toward the end, head for the trail area with all of the tall trees and lush vegetation. Trail ends down into a ravine fed by a natural spring with two large pools for swimming, trail is about 2 miles, and easy to walk.The spring here is well covered, and I have seen very few other people there, could be ideal for skinny dipping (bathing suits optional), an absolute oasis! The water is absolutely clear, free almost completely of sediment, and has a gravel bottom. Sometimes the water here is several feet; after a rain or in the spring when snow is melting from the mountain tops. In the late summer, the water is still flowing and abundant, though the deepest pool I've experienced in summer was about 5ft, and the shallowest in that area was about 2ft. Because of the wading pools, could be ideal for families and pets."

"The water continues down stream, but the vegetation is very over-grown down stream, especially in summer, making swimming difficult. Up stream during the spring (and possibly fall) there are other swimming pools, in summer they dwindle to wading pools of 2-4ft depending on heat index and rainfall, but checking upstream can prove fruitful, there are often nice places to swim or wade further up. I have not yet encountered wildlife of any kind here, other than pollywogs, though one might keep a look out for dangerous snakes and reptiles, big horn sheep, and wild horses and burros." Very confident. Verified by another. Updated 1/2013.

FIRST CREEK [FIRC]: About a 2 mile (round trip) hike to a seasonal oasis in the desert that is sometimes deep enough to swim (only in Spring, probably). This from a visitor: "There is a waterfall with a swimming area approximately 7-8 feet deep. PHOTO , PHOTO . The depth of this water will depend greatly on winter snow fall, rain, and time of year. The best time to try and find this area would be during the early spring. Keep an eye out for wild burrows as well, we've seen them here several times."

"Warnings for this area: Do NOT attempt to come to this area during a rain storm. If it's raining, come back tomorrow. This area is well know for flash flooding and the water levels rise quickly to deadly levels, this goes for any body of water or wash in the Las Vegas Valley. Evidence of this can be seen all around the wash bed, water levels inside the wash clearly have exceeded 15ft, and this area is NOT inside Red Rock Canyon per se so it is rarely patrolled. Bring LOTS of water during this hike if it's at all warm outside, and especially in the summer be aware of snakes near bodies of water."

To get here: Go as you would to Red Rock Canyon (above) but go PAST the Red Rock Park entrance and keep going past the exit as well. You will then pass several turn outs on the west (right) side of the road, keep going until you see the one signed "First Creek" (before Spring Mountain Ranch S. P.). This turn out will be on your right if you are driving from Las Vegas. Park here and walk across the wash onto the large main path (very well designated). After hiking for a mile or so the trail comes much closer to the canyon. Then head toward the first big pine tree that you see growing along the canyon rim. Next to this tree you’ll find a little unmarked trail (think this trail is at 36.08122,-115.46455 , not sure) leading into the canyon, toward a couple of big diamond-shaped composite rocks, and then downward to the waterfall. After a quick descent, you’ll find yourself deep in a rocky grotto that is covered with delicate green ferns and tall shady trees fed by a large pool at the base of a waterfall. This is a very serene spot, a complete departure from the dry desert environment just above and a nice preview of more good things to come a little farther up the trail. LAT, LON (of parking turn out): lat= 36.08136, lon=-115.44790 (source: Map) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Verified by another. Updated 11/2013.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED Partially, 11/2013
DATE UPDATED 11/2013



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RENO AREA
[2 PLACES]
(RENO)

NO PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS RENO, VERDI
STATE NV
WATER Truckee River
TYPE Truckee River
DESCRIPTION In-town swimming (and tubing) places in the Truckee River. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREA None
SANCTION Unknown
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Tubing
PHONE Unknown
CAMPINGUnknown
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Reno:

WINGFIELD PARK [WING]: Swimming holes in the Truckee River right in town. LAT, LON :lat=39.523947, lon=-119.817481 (source: Topozone-p) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 12/16/2007.

RIVER BEND [RIVE]: Not scenic, not deep - but a beach and a convenient swimming hole the Truckee River just west of Reno in Verdi. To get here from Reno: take I-80 west and get off at exit 5 and go about 1 mile toward Verdi. You will see on the right some bluffs and on the left a parking area and River Bend swimming hole. LAT, LON :lat=39.521228 , lon=-119.961444 (source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate). LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 12/16/2007.

CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 12/16/2007



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SARATOGA
(SARA)

LINK TO PHOTOS BELOW TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS CHEYENNE, LARAMIE, RAWLINS, WALCOTT, SARATOGA
LAT, LON lat=41.45076, lon=-106.804(web site) (accuracy:exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE WY
WATER Hobo Hot Springs/North Platte River
TYPE Hot springs/river
DESCRIPTION Known as the "Saratoga Natural Hot Springs" or "Hobo Pool", on the east end of Walnut Ave. in Saratoga, WY is Hobo Pool, where a sandy bottom (concrete and covered) pool is fed by the 117-128 degree water of Saratoga Hot Springs. WEB INFO & PHOTOS. It's a city park, open 24 hours a day and there's no charge. Visitors will find heated changing rooms with showers. The hot springs is right by the North Platte River into which it empties. It is said to be possible also to swim here in the river, which is in places heated by the discharge of the hot springs. BE VERY CAREFUL if you do this, the water is in some places and at some times SCALDING HOT!
AREA None
SANCTION Official in the hot spring, unoffical in the river
FEE None
FACILITIES Changing rooms and showers
ACTIVITIES Hot soaking, Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Not at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Rawlins, take I-80 east to Walcott then RT 130 south to Saratoga. The hot pool is on the east end of Walnut Ave in Saratoga. THIS PLACE IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- A RARE TREAT - PLEASE RESPECT IT!
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2012



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SCOTT S. P.
(SCOT)

NO PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS HAYS, GARDEN CITY, SCOTT CITY
LAT, LON lat=38.66515, lon=-100.91823(Web Site) (accuracy:Approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE KS
WATER Lake Scott
TYPE Spring/Lake
DESCRIPTION Official swimming beach in State Park in spring-fed lake. WEB SITE .
AREA Scott S. P.
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilities
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Canoeing
PHONE (620)872-2061
CAMPING Developed campground in State Park.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From I-70 Exit 70 north of Oakley, take RT 83 south, jog to keep on RT 83 through Oakley, then continue soth on RT 83 to signs for Scott S. P.. (not as far as Scott City).
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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SPEARFISH CANYON
(SPEA)

NO PHOTOS TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS RAPID CITY, STURGIS, SPEARFISH
LAT, LON lat=44.38632, lon=-103.91470(Map) (accuracy:General Area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE SD
WATER Spearfish Creek
TYPE Creek
DESCRIPTION Swimming opportunities creek in scenic canyon. Dont have specific locations, drive down canyon and look for places.
AREA Black Hills N. F.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Water Play
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Several campgrounds south of here in the National Forest.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Rapid City, go west on I-90 to Exit 12 at Spearfish. Take RT 14 (E. Jackson Blvd) into Spearfish then turn south (left) on Main St. to stay on RT 14. Then turn south (right) again to stay on scenic RT 14 (Spearfish Canyon Hwy.). You will soon be running alongside of Spearfish Creek in the Black Hills N. F.. There are several swimming holes along this road. No more specific directions.
CONFIDENCE Uncertain
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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YAAK FALLS CAMPGROUND
(YAAK)

NO PHOTO TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS COUER D'ALENE (ID), KALISPELL (MT), TROY
LAT, LON lat=48.6414, lon=-115.8891(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE MT
WATER Yaak River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION National Forest campground with nice swimming hole in river.
AREA Kootenai National Forest
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING At site, small campground, 7 sites
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Kalispell (in northern MT) take RT 2 west through Libby and Troy. Trom Troy, continue west on RT 2 for approximately 10 miles to the junction with RT 508 (approximately 4 miles from the Montana/Idaho border). Turn right here and follow for 6 miles to the campground. The swimming hole is near the campground.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 11/29/2007



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YELLOWSTONE AREA
[4 PLACES]
(YELL)

PHOTOS BELOW TO WESTERN STATES MAP
TOWNS YELLOWSTONE N.P.
STATE WY
WATER Varies -see below
TYPE River/Hot Springs
DESCRIPTION There are several hot/cold spots in Yellowstone N. P. where visitors may legally warm up or cool down as required. See "DIRECTIONS" below for details.

CAUTION: THERE ARE MANY HOT SPOTS THAT ARE ILLEGAL FOR SWIMMING AND ARE VERY DANGEROUS - PEOPLE REGULARLY DIE HERE FROM GOING INTO SCALDING WATERS! DO NOT HIKE AT NIGHT IN HOT SPOT AREAS - very experienced hikers have fallen in at night and scalded to death.
AREA Yellowstone N.P.
SANCTION Legal
FEE Must pay fee to enter Yellowstone N.P.
FACILITIES Varies- see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Hot Springs
PHONE None
CAMPING Varies- see below.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS Enter Yellowstone N. P. via the entrances described in the text below:

FIREHOLE [FIRE]: Firehole River Canyon in Yellowstone N.P. is a great place to spend a few hours and get a respite from the desert sun. It includes rapids emptying into a deep pool as well as shallow sections outside the current (all should be careful to keep out of the main current - A GIRL DIED HERE IN 2003 JUMPING INTO THE CURRRENT AND GETTING TRAPPED UNDER AN OVERHANGING ROCK - DON'T DO IT.) PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2 , PHOTO 3. The water is warm for this elevation because the river contains the runoff from many thermal features, including Old Faithful. Portable toilets are available (as of summer 2001). Camp at Madison campground near Madison Junction near the West Yellowstone entrance in order to be near the swimming.

To get here: (Distances are rough approximations) From Madison Junction near the West entrance to Yellowstone N.P., go south toward Old Faithful. After about a mile, go right onto the scenic side road at the sign "Firehole River Canyon" (a one-way road). The swimming hole is about 1.5 miles ahead on the right. There is parking further on past (south of) the swimming place. LAT, LON lat=44.6375, lon=-110.8675(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified.

BOILING RIVER [BOIL]: A short walk (.5 miles each way) along the Gardner River to a wonderfully fun place where a stream of 140 degree water called Boiling River comes mysteriously out of the ground (thought to be the outflow of Mammoth Hot Springs) and pours over ledges into the very cold Gardiner River. Numerous visitors take the short walk to a section of the Gardner River where thermally heated streams feed into the Gardner River. The combination of the boiling water with the cold river create a warm swimming hole. The area is closed early in the season when the Gardner River is above a safe level for swimming. BE CAREFUL- DO NOT WALK OR OTHERWISE GET INTO THE BOILING RIVER STREAM- IT IS SCALDING HOT! PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2.

To get here: A short distance north of Mammouth Hot Springs on RT 89 (near the Yellowstone North entrance at Gardiner, MT.) there is a sign indicating the 45th parallel of latitude. The entrance to the large Boiling River parking area is immediately north of this sign (there is no Boiling River sign on the road.) Park here and walk along the well-worn path about .5 miles to the place in the river where there are rock pools all along the bank. Try out the various pools until you find one that not too hot nor too cool but just right for you! Great family fun place. LAT, LON lat=44.98503, lon=-110.68922 (source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.Very confident. Verified.

KELLY WARM SPRINGS [KELL]: OK, these are not the greatest hot springs in the west (the temp is only "warm" and it has a marshy shoreline) BUT the view is fantastic (the Grand Tetons in all their glory - SEE PHOTO ), they are big enough to actually swim in, easy to access and shallow enough for the kids. It is south of Yellowstone and east of the Grand Tetons in the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming. LAT, LON lat=43.63950, lon=-110.61631(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified.

To get here from Yellowstone, take RT 89/287 south out of the park. At Moran Junction, take RT 191/26/89 south. Go about 17 miles and turn east (left) on Antelope Flats Rd. (before you get to Moose Junction). Proceed approximately 3.25 miles to the second right hand turn (also Antelope Flats Road). Make the right turn and proceed approximately 2.4 miles and turn left onto Gros Ventre Road. Proceed less than .5 mile. Pond is located on the south side of the road. Parking area is located on the North side of the road. Park service maintained rest room located in the parking area.

To get here from Jackson: Take RT 191/26/89 north about 7 miles then turn east onto Gros Ventre Rd.. Proceed approximately 7 miles to the little town of Kelly and follow Gros Ventre Road to the north approximately 1 mile from the turn in town. Turn Right (continuing on Gros Ventre Road) and proceed less that .5 mile. Pond is located on the south side of the road. Parking area is located on the North side of the road. Park service maintained rest room located in the parking area.

MR. BUBBLES HOT SPRING [BUBB]: A 30 mile round-trip hike to a fabulous hot spring in Yellowstone Park. web link to photos and info , more info . Hot spring is halfway down the Bechler River Trail in the SW corner of Yellowstone. It can be reached either by hiking from Old Faithful or from the Bechler Ranger Station. It is 15 miles in, either way - bathing suits no doubt optional here. Backpack camp sites along the trail can be reserved at any of the backcountry offices in the park. Heading south from Old Faithful on the Bechler River Trail (towards three rivers junction) go to Three Rivers Junction(there is a place to tie up horses) then take a short spur trail along the Ferris Fork River about .5 miles to the hot spring on the right. CAUTION: CHECK WITH THE RANGER STATION ABOUT THE TEMPERATURE OF WATER AT THE HOT SPRING BEFORE GOING IN. DO NOT HIKE AT NIGHT IN YELLOWSTONE HOT SPOT AREAS - very experienced hikers have fallen in at night and scalded to death. LAT, LON lat=44.288669, lon=-110.891294(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 11/09.
CONFIDENCE Varies - see above
VERIFIED Varies - see above
DATE UPDATED 11/09


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