10 Swimming Lakes Near Los Angeles You Need to Discover | MommyPoppins

Elwanda Tulloch

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
Bathrooms: No
Parking: At entrance to 3

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What is the coronavirus risk in the ocean, pools, and lakes

Elwanda Tulloch

Summer always means water, whether it’s an ocean, lake, river, swimming pool or hot tub. But now that we’re worrying more about germs, it’s natural to wonder: Will this season’s swimming, surfing, floating and soaking be as safe as it used to be?

Yes, many experts say.

“There is no data that somebody got infected this way” with coronavirus,” said professor Karin B. Michels, chair of UCLA’s Department of Epidemiology, in a recent interview.

“I can’t say it’s absolutely 100% zero risk, but I can tell you that it would never cross my mind to get COVID-19 from a swimming pool or the ocean,” said Paula Cannon, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. “It’s just extraordinarily unlikely that this would happen.”

On web pages giving pandemic advice, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say, “There is no evidence that the virus

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