Where Is Swimming Allowed in Mammoth Lakes?

Swimming in a lake has been an enjoyable summer experience since practically the beginning of time. In fact, swimming is a popular activity in the Mammoth Lakes area throughout the summer and into the early fall because of the ideal conditions common here. There are plenty of places where you can safely swim to your heart’s content in Mammoth Lakes. The mountain sports experts from ASO Mammoth, your top choice for mountain bike, snowboard, and ski rental in Mammoth, highlight some of the top local swimming areas below.

The Mammoth Lakes Basin

The easiest way to find a great place to swim in Mammoth Lakes during your visit is to make your way to the Mammoth Lakes Basin. All the lakes in this particular area allow swimming as long as weather conditions are suitable. These lakes are:

• Twin Lakes
• Lake Mary
• Lake Mamie
• Lake George
• Horseshoe Lake

Horseshoe Lake is especially inviting for families because there’s a nice beach by the lake. It’s also a popular spot for kayaking and paddleboarding. However, motorized boats aren’t permitted, so it’s safer for children and families to swim here. 

Twin Lakes is another swimming area to consider if you prefer access to an on-site campground and picnic areas. Just be aware the basin-area lakes are multiuse, meaning you’ll need to watch out for boaters (if motorized boats are allowed) along with paddleboarders and kayakers as you choose your swimming spots.

Other Mammoth Lakes Swimming Spots

One of the often-appreciated swimming spots outside the Mammoth Lakes Basin area is Crystal Lake. Popular with locals and offering panoramic basin views, it’s a serene and visually appealing lake with nearby trails and camping locations. If you prefer to do so, you’re welcome to hike your way to Crystal Lake to swim. You’ll start from the Lake George Trailhead and switch over to the adjacent trail that goes directly to Crystal Lake to do this.

Perched about 10 miles from the downtown area in Mammoth Lakes, Convict Lake is another swimming destination you’ll appreciate. You’ll also be treated to majestic views as you swim. Not far from Horseshoe Lake, McLeod Lake is another relaxing spot where you’re free to swim and soak up the sun.

Public Swimming Pools

You also have the option to swim in a swimming pool during your time in Mammoth Lakes. Located about a mile from Highway 395 by Benton Crossing Road, Whitmore Pool is usually accessible by the public from May through the end of August. There’s a lawn area and showers here as well. The Snowcreek Athletic Club also has a pool that’s available for nonmembers to use for a fee.

Use this list to start planning your trip so you’ll have a great time swimming at Mammoth Lakes. Whether you need last-minute mountain biking gear, top-notch ski repair, or high-quality Mammoth snowboard rental, ASO Mammoth is your one-stop shop for everything you need to have a great time at Mammoth during every season. Stop by on your way to the lakes or give us a call at 760-965-3444.