Steamboat A to Z: Jump in a Lake (or River) |

Steamboat A to Z: Jump in a Lake (or River)

J Jump in a lake (or river)

Come the lower river flow months of July and August, riverside swimming doesn’t get much better than in the city-built C and D holes downtown by the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Plunge into either one for a refreshing dip and soak up some rays on the rocks to warm back up (Hint: Watch out for the tubers). Bring a boogie board to kick against the current or a kayak to paddle upstream. Swim against the current or walk up the banks to take a leisurely float. Bonus: Bring swim goggles to salvage tuber booty. For more warm-blooded bathing, try the riverside hot springs just above the Rabbit Ears Motel in Rich Weiss Park. While not as warm as its parent pool across the pavement, it’s a great reprieve from the river, and its knee-high depth is perfect for kids.

The most popular lakes for swimming are Steamboat Lake north of town and Stagecoach Reservoir to the south, each with a sandy beach for lounging and a rope-bordered swimming area. Each lake also offers a variety of watercraft rentals for even more fun in the sun. If you have the stamina, you also can plunge into lakes such as Gilpin, Gold and Three-mile in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area as a reward for hiking in. Plan on a full day for the round-trip hike (Bonus: There’s a great swimming hole along the creek halfway up to Gilpin Lake).

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