Rivers and streams throughout Sierra County provide exceptional swimming and plenty of opportunities for water fun.
The North Yuba provides many excellent swimming holes along Hwy 49. The swimming hole by the Rocky Rest Campground bridge is one of the best, but it’s a well known secret so you probably won’t have it to yourself. But there are plenty of other ones to discover.
Pull over where it’s safe and explore the river. Where the Downie meets the North Yuba, in the heart of Downieville there is also great swimming to be had.
The river can stay cold into the summer due to snow runoff, much later than you'd think so be careful and especially watch out for your kids so as not to get to chilled. Also be ware of high water in the spring and early summer-- all those things that make the river amazing for kayakers and whitewater rafters can also be dangerous for swimmers.
Our lakes usually warm up a little sooner than the river. The Lakes Basin is of course full of lakes, and you can swim, boat, fish in most of them. Some of them have campgrounds where you can stay overnight and easily take that refreshing dip before nightfall.
Bring swimsuits, floating devices and the whole family and experience what mountain living in Northern California is all about.