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Dip and Dive in Redding

Looking for places to swim in Redding, CA? With so much sunshine here, we’re never short of reasons to take a dip when temperatures climb – and we have options aplenty! Start the morning with a splash in your hotel pool or plan an afternoon at one of our waterparks. Lace up your hiking boots to take a trek and wade under a waterfall. Take a break from the paddles and oars and plunge into one of our favorite lakes. Be prepared to put your bathing suit to good use in whichever way you want while swimming through Redding’s top attractions. Just make sure you bring some SPF – safety first, of course!

  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
Lakes and Rivers
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Lakes and Rivers

Swim Redding’s Lakes and Rivers

Redding’s lakes and rivers aren’t just good for boating. Freshwater flowing throughout the region also welcomes swimmers looking to cool off from the sun. Lay out a blanket on a sandy beach at Whiskeytown Lake before floating in its waters. Test your breaststroke in Shasta Lake while wandering its many coves and its 360 miles of shoreline. Even the Sacramento River has spots where you can take a dip. The beautiful views and serene natural landscapes will make you feel like you’ve truly escaped your routine when you’re swimming in Redding.

Water Parks
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Water Parks

Water Parks in Redding

Many hotels in Redding boast a pool, so book accordingly and you’ll never be far from a chance to splash around. Enterprise Park has a splash pad free of charge. For families looking to cool off more thoroughly, there are some places to know! Water Works Park provides chances to cool down without having to wander far from civilization, including activity pools and epic waterslides. Do laps in the Olympic-sized pool or enjoy a waterslide at Redding Aquatic Center for something more low-key but equally worthwhile.

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Cool off in the Cascades

While venturing beyond Redding, some of the region’s rumbling waterfalls also provide some of the most scenic places to swim. Hiking out to Potem Falls will reveal some entirely splashable waterfalls while the McCloud River Falls Trail rewards hikers with an opportunity to take a quick dip. Little Backbone Creek Natural Waterslide provides a bit of wet and wild fun as gravity works alongside nature. Plan a hike, pack a bathing suit, and get ready to feel a true rush as you cool off in one of Redding’s waterfalls.

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