Just outside of the little commercial junction known as Washougal, a stretch of river with the same name hosts swimming holes that are ideal for escaping the mid-summer heat. If you hit Washougal River Road heading north on a weekend, you will find car after car parked alongside this scenic and windy road. Between mile markers 3 and 5 is a 2-mile run of the Washougal River that provides numerous sun-drenched rocky outcroppings, small pebbly beaches, and clear, turquois pools of cool mountain water. In fact, when the water level is still high, this stretch of river is great for breaking out the inner tube and enjoying a lazy float.
Note: Be sure to have your Washington State Discovery Pass before heading out.