Los Angeles kids grow up swimming at some of the country’s most iconic beaches, not to mention an array of flat-out awesome public swimming pools. But wait—there’s more! Did you know that there are some wonderful swimming lakes within spitting distance of LA? And if you’re willing to drive a little farther, lake options get even more plentiful.
Whether you want to take a dip in a secluded swimming hole, or join the masses at a lavish lake resort, here are some of the best spots to take a swim out in nature.
Note that in the 2020 season, many of the lakes below are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Try cooling off on a waterfall hike or at one of these Secret SoCal Beaches near LA instead!
Distance: 30 miles from Hollywood
Cost: All day – $12 per car, per day
Parking: At entrance to 3