There are many options for taking a dip in the Wood River Valley. Whether it be in an outdoor pool or the Big Wood River.
Blaine County Aquatic Center
Open during the summer from Memorial Day to the end of August, the pool is an outdoor oasis in Hailey. Located as the centerpiece of the Blaine County Recreation District SportScape, the pool offers a regular and kiddie-sized pool, a toddler playground, a snack bar, party rental space, leisure cabanas and palapa umbrellas, and plenty of fun!
Wood River Community YMCA
Wood River YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages, lifeguard training and certification and many aquatic group exercises including lap swim, water aerobics and water therapy. Take a look at their site for pool schedule and program details.
North of Sun Valley
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area has a number of beautiful high mountain lakes with natural sandy beaches and additional facilities like picnic and campgrounds. The most popular of these is Redfish Lake, other lakes are Alturas, Petit and Stanley.
There are several natural “beach” areas along the Big Wood River in Hailey where it is possible to enjoy a dip in the cool, fresh mountain river. Heagle Park is the most popular since it has a wide area of sand next to the river. The safest time to swim is in late July/early August, when the river runs slow and water is the warmest. In June and into early July the river can run fast due to spring run-off. Always use good judgment and safety precautions when swimming in the Big Wood River, as many natural hazards exist.