Swimming

Lake Swimming in Convict Lake

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  • Convict Lake is a big, deep lake set against an iconic backdrop of near-sheer granite faces, a perfect place for a long-distance open water swim. The water quality is good. The temperatures improve into late summer and fall. There are sandy beaches along the trail on the far, southwest shore, but the easiest access is from the picnic area and stony beach on the east shore at the end of the road. Go in the morning before the wind and the boat traffic picks up. Don't expect perfect solitude. Convict Lake is a popular destination. Watch out for fishing hooks and debris on the shore, and keep an eye out for boats.

  • Convict Lake is a big, deep lake set against an iconic backdrop of near-sheer granite faces, a perfect place for a long-distance open water swim. The water quality is good. The temperatures improve into late summer and fall. There are sandy beaches along the trail on the far, southwest shore, but the easiest access is from the picnic area and stony beach on the east shore at the end of the road. Go in the morning before the wind and the boat traffic picks up. Don't expect perfect solitude. Convict Lake is a popular destination. Watch out for fishing hooks and debris on the shore, and keep an eye out for boats.

  • Experience Checklist

    • Day pack
    • Dry Clothes
    • Energy bars/electrolyte replacement
    • Knowledge and understanding of local conditions
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Swim Cap
    • Swim goggles
    • Swimsuit or wetsuit
    • Towel
    • Wetsuit for Open Water Swimming

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    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    0.1 miles
    Trail Surface
    Water
    Duration
    Less than 4 hours

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