Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Sensitive Habitat
Yes
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From Ohanapecosh Campground, the Ohanapecosh River travels south through a steep and narrow canyon, dropping 500 feet in roughly 4 miles and creating a whitewater playground for advanced kayakers (click here for details). At the end of this run, just before reaching La Wis Wis Campground, the river slows to nearly a complete stop as the canyon opens slightly to let in more sunlight; here lies the Blue Hole Swimming Area.

The Blue Hole itself is a deep, calm pool where the canyon's craggy rocks lift up on all sides, and a 20-foot drop awaits eager cliff-jumpers on the hottest of mid-summer days.

The waters of the Ohanapecosh River should be tested before making any immediate plunge, however, as this glacially fed river (from the Ohanapecosh and Whitman glaciers) has shockingly cold water nearly year-round. Further, the Blue Hole pool lingers in the shade all day.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Sun-kissed rocky beach. Adjacent to La Wis Wis Campground.

Cons

Partly shaded. Cold glacial water.

Features

Sensitive Habitat

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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