Three boys wade out into the cool waters of Cave Lake.

Swimming and splashing in cool mountain lakes and streams is great vacation fun but, there are some things to keep in mind: 

  • Lakes have very little shallow water.  There is usualy an abrupt drop off into deep, cold water just a few feet from shore.
  • Streams can have deep holes today in places where shallow water was yesterday.
  • Flowing water on the forest is mostly melted snow and spring water from underground.  Temperature and flow change all the time.  Stream beds can be very slippery and in combination with swift flowing water, can knock small chidren and adults off their feet.
  • Rocks underwater can look exactly like the bottom.  Never dive head first into lakes or streams.

Swimming Areas

  • Doublehead Ranger District area description
  • Medicine Lake Recreation Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities