Cheney, WA - Just 20 minutes from downtown Spokane, this swimming spot makes the list for its convenience. Sweet and simple, this small lake features a nice sand beach. Plus motor boats are prohibited so advanced swimmers can do laps without worry.
Beaver Bay Beach
Farragut State Park, ID - An hour northeast of Spokane, visitors will find Beaver Bay Beach at the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille. The beach looks onto the pine covered mountains of Farragut State Park and provides a true taste of North Idaho’s rugged outdoors. Warning: this lake is chilly, so you may want to wait for July and August to take a swim.
Hayden, ID - While Lake Coeur d’Alene gets the bulk of the attention, nearby you’ll find another swimming area: Hayden Lake’s Honeysuckle Beach. Here, visitors can enjoy a sandy beach along with a dock-protected water area complete with swimming lanes.
Post Falls, ID - This swimming beach sits on a bay along the Spokane River. The horseshoe-shaped shoreline is ideal for beach lounging and shields the current for swimming. Q’emlin Park features pavilions, picnic areas, barbecue grills and a 40-acre trail system.
Lake Roosevelt, WA - Largely known for its history museum and camping, Fort Spokane is also home to a great swimming beach. It’s a bit of a trek to get there (just over an hour from Spokane), but once you make it, there’s no shortage of activities. You’ll find a preserved military fort, hiking, picnic shelters and barbeques. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with lounging on the beach all day either!