Sandy beach
Cliff jumping
Hike-in Required
Sensitive Habitat
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Originally only a marshy area at the bottom of Rowland and Coyote Walls, this fantastic summer swimming hole was created by the construction of the Bonneville Dam in the 1930s. The lake stays unusually warm because it is separated from the Columbia River by both the railroad and by Highway 14.  In this area (only a few miles east of Bingen, Washington), the key attraction is the warm summer sun exposure in the eastern Gorge, but the 40-foot basalt pinnacle that rises from the middle of the lake's deep waters is a close second.  It is perfect for cliff jumping!

Before cooling off in the lake’s fresh waters, work up a sweat at some of the nearby hiking spots: Coyote Wall and Catherine Creek are close, and Tom McCall Point and Bald Butte are both on the Oregon side of the river.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass


Relatively warm waters. Great hiking and mountain biking nearby.


No sandy beach.


Nearby Lodging + Camping


I think the author need to remove this from this list. It is small lake that looks like a damp. Also it is not clean and there isnt a place to swim confortably
I think the comment by Chloe from Seattle was about a different place. This lake does have access to swimming areas both at the small parking lot and other pull-off areas. The main drawback for me is that it is ON Hwy 14. The road in the background of the cliff-jumping pic is Hwy 14. I was there on a weekday and the traffic was more and much closer than I would want from a swimming hole.
drove out here to find that it is a small brown lake that has no access to swimming areas... put in the address numerous times in hopes that my GPS messed up my location but I would not recommend this place. at all.
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