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Best places to swim--and not to swim--this summer in Richland

Best places to swim--and not to swim--this summer in Richland

RICHLAND, Wash. -- There's nothing like jumping into cool water on a hot day.

Richland Park Rangers tell us the best places to swim this summer, and where not to swim.

The most popular place is the Columbia River at Howard Amon park because of the beach area.

Park rangers said it's important to stick to the beach and swimming docks, and don't swim near any boat docks or boating areas.

"From the edge of this sign on is okay,” said park ranger Jason Janosky, pointing to the currently-underwater sign. “And actually, we have a lot of people that will run their dogs right here, play fetch, and throw it out there. That's completely fine. It's just we don't want people around this Lee dock."

He said the boating docks have gasoline and electricity which can be dangerous.

Other places you can swim are the swimming area at Leslie Groves park and the George Prout pool that will open after school gets out for the summer.

Jason said there will be life jackets for use at several stations near the river swimming spots this weekend.

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