Hot summer days have arrived and everyone in and around Phoenix is looking for ways to stay cool. You could indulge in some local ice cream, shop in air conditioned stores, or take a dip in one of the many nearby lakes or rivers.

If you’re in Phoenix and the Rogue Valley this summer, make sure to grab your swimsuit, sunscreen and flip-flops, and head to your favorite local swimming spot with your best pals. Because there’s no better way to beat the heat than a refreshing swim.

Where to Swim

There are numerous places to go swimming in Southern Oregon, including these local favorites:

McKee Bridge

Located on the Applegate River, there’s a small, deep pool just downstream from the bridge. If you desire to take a dive, check out the small cliff on the opposite bank. It’s a thrilling experience! The water flows from the Red Butte Wilderness on the Siskiyou Crest, making it cold and refreshing even on the hottest summer days. 

Hyatt and Howard Prairie Reservoirs

Situated on the boundary of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, these reservoirs are a great spot for outdoor activities. You can go boating, bird watching, swimming, or just lay by the beach. There’s also a few campsites available if you want to stay a day or two. In addition to swimming, you can also bring a picnic and have a perfect, sunny Southern Oregon day. 

Rogue River

One of the most iconic places in all of Southern Oregon, you don’t want to miss a trip to the Rogue River. Especially during the summer! From Phoenix, take a day trip to this beautiful river, which is easily accessible from the Rogue-Elk Park north of Shady Cove, or from other pull-outs along Galice Road west of Merlin. 

The Season for Swimming

There’s no better place to swim than the cool, blue, refreshing waters of Southern Oregon’s lakes and rivers. As you explore Phoenix and the rest of the beautiful Rogue Valley this year, don’t forget to go for a lovely summer swim.