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Nevada Swimming Holes
Update for 2021, be aware some of the more “official” Nevada swimming holes and Nevada hot springs may be closed or have restricted entry.
Even though Nevada is located “in a desert” we still have a large number of mountains (which provide snow melts in the spring to form streams), lakes, and natural hot springs. Speaking of natural hot springs, did you know that Nevada is home to over 300 hot springs? While some are too hot to soak in, others are the perfect temperature to soak in after a hike to find them. If hot and warm springs are not your thing, then check out our list below of the popular “swimming holes” found in Nevada.
Please note, due to water temperatures, the list below is of swimming holes that are not found in our article on Nevada Hot Springs.
Did we miss your favorite? Comment below to share with others.
If you want to cool off and have some water play, check out Little Jamaica which is just across the Nevada border in Littlefield, Arizona!
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Swimming Holes in Clark County, Nevada
Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area
Located in Laughlin, Big Bend of the Colorado is a Nevada State Park that is part of the Colorado River.
Every time I have been, the water has been a nice temperature.
Get there early to establish a good spot on one of the many beach areas as it can be popular on the weekends.
Learn more about Big Bend of the Colorado.
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One of my favorite trails in Red Rock Canyon when I am wanting something easy and relaxing.
There is a “grotto” off the trail with a waterfall that flows into a small swimming hole, in which the water level depends on the rainfall and melting snowfall with the deepest water in the spring.
Learn more about First Creek Trail a Red Rock Canyon.
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Also located in Red Rock Canyon, there is a natural spring about a mile down the Oak Creek Trail. Again, the water level depends on rainfall and melting snowfall.
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Swimming Holes in Elko County, Nevada
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Located in Wells that is part of the East Humboldt Mountain Range, there is a lot of family fun near this swimming hole, which is actually a glacial tarn, with hiking trail, picnic areas, and camping.
Wild Horse Reservoir
Located in Elko along the Owyhee River, the Wild Horse Reservoir has a small swimming beach on its northeastern shore.
Learn more about Wild Horse Reservoir.
Swimming Holes in Esmeralda County, Nevada
Fish Lake Valley Hot Well
Not a natural swimming hole, this is a 3′ deep and 7′ wide concrete “tub” that holds water that is approximately 105° F.
Swimming Holes in Incline Village, Nevada
If you want a nice lazy day with clear water, diving, and relaxing in the shade, then Diver’s Cove may be what you are looking for!
Swimming Holes in Lincoln County, Nevada
Eagle Valley Reservoir
Located in Spring Valley State Park, Eagle Valley Reservoir is a Serene location for family picnics, camping, fishing, and exploring the rich history of Nevada.
Learn more about Eagle Valley Reservoir.
Swimming Holes in Washoe County, Nevada
Sparks Marina Park Pond
The popular Sparks Marina Park Pond is 100′ deep and covers approximately 77 surface acres.
Learn more about Sparks Marina Park Pond.
Truckee River Whitewater Park
A great place for water family fun featuring 1/2 mile with 11 drop pools with water temperatures from 50 to 70 degrees.
Whitewater Park at Rock Park
Located in Sparks, there are five drop pools for kayaking, tubing, and rafting. It also features safe water play areas for families with small children.
Swimming Holes in White Pine County, Nevada
Cave Lake State Park
Located 8 miles south of Ely, the Cave Lake reservoir is 32 acres of water play fun! Popular activities include fishing, boating, hiking, camping, and picnicking
Learn more about Cave Lake State Park.
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This natural spring is located 12 miles north of Ely and is a swimming hole fed by a natural spring. To help make your stay more enjoyable, the McGill Pool has a slide, diving boards, and a sandy beach.
Note, the pool is closed on Wednesdays.
Learn more about McGill Pool.
Nevada Swimming Holes
I am an outdoor enthusiast who would rather be on a backcountry backpacking trip than a stroll on the beach (although I do love the beach!).
Living in Las Vegas has afforded me the opportunity to easily explore the Southwest region of the United States.
A nature lover, I am often found at the end of the pack taking photos and videos of the wildlife found on the trails. Colorful flowers, desert animals, and unusual geological rock formations are often the majority of my photos.