Swimming in Mammoth Lakes
A cool swim on a warm summer day is always enjoyable! Plan a hike with a refreshing reward at the end. Take a dip in Horseshoe Lake, or hike to lakes in the upper Mammoth Lakes Basin and swim there. The relatively short hikes to McLeod and Crystal Lakes are ideally suited to this purpose. You could also join intrepid triathletes training at June Lake beach, or kick back and soak up some sunshine along the wide sandy shore. Locally, only Whitmore pool is staffed with professional lifeguards. To unwind after a seriously strenuous adventure, discover a geothermally heated hot spring for a reviving, warm soak.
Because the majority of lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin supply the town's domestic drinking water, Horseshoe Lake is the only lake in Mammoth Lakes Basin where swimming is permitted. Follow Main Street to Lake Mary Road and continue to the end. Remember, the lake is created by melting snow so water levels will vary. Please observe the warning signs for CO2 gas emissions posted in the Horseshoe Lake area.
Located off Benton Crossing (Green Church) Road about a mile from U.S. Highway 395 Whitmore Pool offers a 360-degree view of the Eastern Sierra as well as a six-lane 25-meter pool, children's wading pool, restrooms, hot showers, lawn area, BBQ and vending machines. There is a nominal fee per person. The pool is open to the public from early May (lap swim only until mid-June) through late August. For more information and a detailed schedule, call the Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation Department at 760-934-8989 ext. 222.
Snowcreek Athletic Club
Snowcreek Athletic Club offers both a year-round indoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool for a leisurely family swim. Open to members and non-members for a nominal fee. For more information, call Snowcreek Athletic Club at 760-934-8511.