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Swimming is wonderful for getting in shape and staying in shape.

There are places to have fun or, like many of the master swimmers in the Mother Lode, you can compete in a local race or triathlon.

Summer 2019*

*Updated Seasonally

Recreation Swim

Columbia, Twain Harte & Tuolumne Pools
1pm – 5pm Monday – Saturday
(Closed Sunday)

Sonora Aquatics Center
1pm – 4pm Monday – Friday and Sunday 1 -5 pm
(Closed Saturday)

Family Night

Sonora High School Aquatics Center:
Sunday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Columbia Pool and Tuolumne Pool:
Saturday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Twain Harte:
Friday: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Ages 3-17: $2.00 Book of 25 passes: $40
Ages 18-61: $3.00 Book of 25 passes: $60
Ages 62+: $2.00 Book of 25 passes: $40
Family Fee: $8 per family (up to 2 adults and 5 children) Non-Swimming Parent Free with paid child.

Public Swimming Pools

Columbia Pool

Back of Columbia Elementary, enter off Airport Road.
22540 Parrotts Ferry Road
Columbia, CA 95310
(209) 532-3656 Phone

Sonora Pool

Sonora High School Aquatics Center
430 N Washington Street
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 532-0441 Phone

Tuolumne Pool

18640 Main Street
Tuolumne CA, 95379
(209) 928-3932 Phone

Twain Harte Pool

23075 Fuller Road
Twain Harte, CA 95383
(209) 586-1842 Phone

Swimming Lessons / Aquatic Fitness classes registration and info at the County Parks and Rec Dept. here.


There are several reservoirs where you can enjoy swimming:

Yosemite Swimming Warnings

  • Always supervise children closely.
  • Choose swimming areas carefully and swim only during low water conditions.
  • Avoid areas of “whitewater” where streams flow over rocky obstructions.
  • Never swim or wade upstream from the brink of a waterfall, even if the water appears shallow and calm. Each year unsuspecting visitors are swept over waterfalls to their deaths when swimming in these areas.

River crossings

  • In summer, rivers and creeks swollen by runoff from snow-melt are dangerous. Powerful current, icy water, and river obstructions can trap or kill the unwary.
  • Stay away from river and creek banks during high water conditions and avoid rock hopping. Stream polished rocks along the water’s edge may be slippery when wet or dry.
  • If you choose to cross a stream without a bridge, avoid deep and/or swift water. If crossing on a natural bridge of rocks or logs, consider where you will land if you fall. Never cross above rapids or falls. To prevent being pulled under by its weight, unbuckle your pack’s waist strap so you can shed it if you fall in. Do not tie yourself into safety ropes–they can drown you.
  • The entire length of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley is closed to all floatation devices whenever the river gauge at Sentinel Bridge reads 6.5 feet or higher or when the sum of the air and water and temperature is less than 100°F.

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