PTguide - Port Townsend and East Jefferson County, WA

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Swimming & Diving in Port Townsend

City of Port Townsend Mountain View Pool

Pool and Swim Programs are coordinated by the City of Port Townsend Parks and Rec Department and provide activities for all ages and abilities. For further information you may contact Pool Staff at 360-385-7665 or see the Pool Schedule. The location for all swimming programs and activities is:

Mountain View Pool
(Also known historically as Port Townsend Pool and Memorial Pool)
1925 Blaine St. Suite 400 Port Townsend, WA 98368

Beat the Heat at a Public Beach - Where are the swimming holes?

Grab your beach bag, blanket and plan a trip to a local swimming hole. Make sure to bring your towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, inflatables and plenty of beach toys as Jefferson County has some wonderful spots to enjoy the sun, sand and water.

Fort Worden State Park

Follow Cherry Street to this beautiful park in Port Townsend. A great place to build a sand castle, explore the underwater park with your scuba gear or launch a small boat. Canteen store and restrooms across the street and plenty of hiking and biking around the park.

Quilcene Swimming Beach

Alongside the Quilcene Marina on the Hood Canal about 25 miles south of Port Townsend. A swimming platform to use when the tide is in and plenty of beach for when the tide is out. Remember to bring your beach chair because the mountain and water view is fantastic and this beach is usually warmer and less crowded than beaches in Port Townsend.

Gibbs Lake County Park

Located off West Valley Road about 16 miles south of Port Townsend. Parking is limited at this county day-use park and you have to carry your gear, but the sandy beach has a soft bottom and fairly quick drop-off. The water is colored by minerals, so wash your bathing suits and towels quickly when you return home. Gibbs and Anderson Lake are sometimes closed due to toxic algae, so check with the Jefferson County Health Dept. here >>

Lake Leland County Park

Just off Highway 101 between Quilcene and Discovery Bay about 25 miles south of Port Townsend. There is lots of park shoreline to swim from and the water's warm, compared to Port Townsend Bay. A great place for little kids.


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