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Best Spots to Cool Off

Best Spots to Cool Off

Need to beat the heat?  Cool off with a refreshing dip in a pool, lake or river! The Yakima Valley has a ton of places to boat, float, fish, kayak and swim, so get out there and find a spot to cool down!



  • Bumping Lake: Located off Highway 410, this lake was created naturally by glaciers and is fed by snowmelt. This means the water will be pretty chilly in the early summer. It is surrounded by rugged mountain terrain, wetlands and old-growth conifer forests. There are campgrounds nearby and day use parking with a boat launch.
  • Rimrock Lake: Silver Beach Resort offers a day use area with sandy beach access. There is camping, cabins, motel rooms and a store with a small restaurant at this location. Located on Highway 12 just 40 minutes from Yakima.
  • Rimrock Lake: Peninsula Campground includes dispersed camping areas for RVs or tents. Located on the eastern shore of Rimrock Lake, it also features vault toilets and a boat launch.
  • Rimrock Lake: Horseshoe Cove Day Use Area has a boat launch and day use picnic site, plus fire stands, picnic tables and an outhouse.



  • Roza Recreation Area in the Yakima River Canyon features a picnic area near the water, a boat launch, and a reservoir. This is the last take-out point for floaters and anglers on the river before the dam.
  • Yakima River Canyon: Put in your tubes and rafts at the Umtanum Creek Recreation Area for a three hour leisurely river float down to the Roza Recreation Area. For a shorter float, there are other campgrounds with river access closer to Roza. Or you can make your trip easy and rent a 4-10 person raft, tube or inflatable kayak from Rills Adventures. They transport your group to the drop-off area, and pick you up when you’re done!
  • Tieton River White Water Rafting: In the month of September, when irrigation water is let out of the Rimrock Lake Reservoir, the Tieton River turns into a Class 3 thrill ride! Book this popular river rafting trip early with Osprey Rafting Company.



  • Yakima Miller Park:Featuring a Spraypark, basketball courts, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground and volleyball court.
  • Yakima Martin Luther King Park: Featuring a Spraypark and water playground open, play equipment, tables, tennis courts, basketball court.
  • Yakima Franklin Pool: Features a 112 foot water slide! There is also a snack shack which offers an inexpensive lunch combo package. Yakima Valley Museum is nearby with a 1930’s style Soda Fountain, a great place for ice cream after your swim.
  • Yakima Lions Pool: Yakima’s only public indoor pool, open year round. Lions Park also contains a small playground, picnic areas and tennis courts.
  • Prosser Aquatic Center consists of two pools: One features a standard competition length of 25-yards with 8 lanes for competitions, and a 27 foot long drop slide, plunging into 9-feet of water. The second pool includes a zero-depth “beach” entry where the concrete deck slopes gradually down into the water. Other amenities include a full size interactive play structure within the pool, a 100-foot long water slide and other play features.   
  • Selah Pool at Wixson Park:Open swim Monday-Friday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm, Sunday: 10:00pm-7:00pm.
  • Naches Pool at Applewood Park: Open swim everyday: 1:00pm-3:00pm and 3:30-5:30pm.
  • Toppenish Pool: Open swim Monday-Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm, 7:00pm- 9:00pm, Saturday: 1:00pm-5:00pm.
  • Sunnyside Pool: Open swim Monday-Sunday: 1:00 pm-7:30pm.