Swim at Green Lake


Added by Sarah Matthews

Great for swimming, kayaking, SUP, boating and catching some rays. Pet friendly.

Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city. The park serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl. The newly reconstructed 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Many others use the athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics and swimming.

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Stand Up Paddle
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole



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about 1 month ago

not as dirty as everyone thinks

We swim here every summer. There is a stigma that the lake is gross. Yes, it used to often get algae blooms but not much anymore, and when it does it is obvious. Both official swimming beaches have great docks with multiple diving boards that are guarded during the summer(boards come down after labor day). Open water swimming has become fairly popular, but is officially only allowed close to shore when outside swim areas, however, most people swim across the lake from point to point. There is no power use allowed on the lake so it is safe for all uses.

almost 2 years ago

Don’t swim in green lake unless you want to barf

Literally every dog that drinks from that lake will vomit. It’s gross water. Don’t get in.

almost 3 years ago

A real gem!!

I have visited and swam/paddle boarded here for years. The great Canadian Geese invasion a few years ago made for some algae blooms that weren't good for swimming (and left an erroneous long term impression) but for years now the lake has been in great shape and the beaches are much used. All the beaches in the county are monitored and can be checked for water quality so anyone can check before taking a dip. Some of the less healthy beaches might. be a surprise. Check here: https://green2.kingcounty.gov/swimbeach/

over 3 years ago


Swim if you want diseases


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over 3 years ago

Cool Rentals!

Nice lake with a great walking trail. Not sure about the swimming, but there's a rental shack open on the northeast side of the lake during the summer months

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