South Yuba River swimming holes among Ca.’s best: KCRA


A swimming hole on the South Yuba River, called Mountain Dog, has been named one of California’s best, according to a report on KCRA News this weekend.

The swimming hole, which includes a deep pool and waterfall, is just outside of Nevada City.

A Mountain View., Ca., patent attorney — Tim Joyce — who also writes a blog called “Swimming holes of California” has identified the Mountain Dog swimming hole, among others, as his favorites. It also includes the best swimming months. The websites are and

“For Joyce, a good water element might be a smooth spot in a Sierra river or a deep, black pool beneath some falls,” according to a report about him in Sacramento Magazine. “By exploring Northern California’s hills and valleys, Joyce has enjoyed swimming holes hidden deep in remote corners of the mountains and many only a few steps off the road.”

Joyce also points to a book titled “Day Trips with a Splash — Swimming Holes of California,” by Pancho Doll. It is here.

“A backcountry tip sheet on where to jump into more than 100 secluded waterfalls, remote two-person tubs, hidden pools throughout the Golden State,” a summary of the book reads. “All of them are at least six feet deep. All are in creeks and rivers less than three hours from the trailhead.

“Each entry lists expectation of privacy along with a photo and topographic map with GPS waypoints. Icons indicate the best season to visit, the difficulty of approach, and the overall rating, whether fair, good, excellent or classic. Dog owners can tell at a glance if four-legged hikers are appropriate. Families with small children can easily determine if the journey is a good one for the little dippers.”

We’d like to warn you, though: Many of these swimming holes are for advanced swimmers and hikers. We would recommend that readers stick to the swimming holes “a few steps from the road,” such as the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport. It is one of our favorites.

You can pan for gold at Bridgeport too. More on gold is here.

For more swimming adventures – in lakes, not just rivers – visit here.

KCRA’s video is here:

A video on Joyce’s website is here:

(Photo credit: KCRA)

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