ross-lake-55386_640While there’s no shortage of water in Washington, there’s a soothing elegance to the look, feel and novelty of swimming in a beautiful freshwater lake. Unlike the beach at a crowded ocean, natural freshwater lakes offer outdoors people the opportunity to enjoy swimming, boating and basking in the sun without the loud drum of crashing waves. It’s just the sounds of nature and the gentle ripples in the water making noise at a lake.

Before discussing Washington’s best natural lakes, we must first cover water safety. While it’s always important to check if there’s a lifeguard on duty, some of the best natural lakes are miles out in the wilderness, making it impossible for there to be a lifeguard. This is what makes it so vital that we abide by the following safety precautions when we’re at one of these lakes.

  • Don’t swim intoxicated. Even if you’re a skilled swimmer, intoxicants impair motor skills and often expedite exhaustion, leaving you vulnerable to drowning.
  • Be wary of different wildlife and plants.
  • Avoid head, neck or back injuries by abstaining from diving into shallow waters.
  • Keep a close watch on your children. If you’re not 100% confident in their swimming ability, make them wear a life vest.

Now that we had covered the biggest safety precautions to follow, let us dive into the top lakes in Washington.

Lake Washington

While it’s an obvious choice, no list of Washington lakes can exclude Lake Washington. Sitting beside the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and Renton, Lake Washington offers visitors an endless list of fun activities, ranging from water skiing to parasailing. The water, which is pure enough to swim in, is now twice as clear as it was in 1950. The best beaches Lake Washington has are Matthews Beach Park, Madison Park Beach, and Madrona Park Beach.

Lake Chelan

For Washington’s biggest lake, Lake Chelan is considerably secluded. The lake’s over 50 miles long yet extremely narrow. With only small villages surrounding the lake, Lake Chelan offers visitors small town charm with a variety of fun activities. Because of how far the lake is from any major city, make sure you have camping equipment or a hotel reservation if you visit Lake Chelan.

Lake Crescent

Located at the base of Mount Storm King, Lake Crescent graces visitors with vibrant blue waters and spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains. Like Lake Chelan, Lake Crescent is very secluded, as the closest metropolitan city is Victoria, British Columbia, which is still separated by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The lake is estimated to be about 1,000 feet deep, as it is one of Washington’s deepest bodies of water. Lake Crescent offers visitors the chance to escape the city in favor of the silence of Western Washington. Motorized boats are permitted on Lake Crescent seasonally, however, they cannot exceed 5 mph within 300 feet of the shore.

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