America The Beautiful Open Water Swimming Bucket List

America The Beautiful Open Water Swimming Bucket List

If an athlete had time and resources to do an open water swim in all 50 states of the USA, this state-by-state list could be one possible starting point.

This is only a small sliver of the outstanding number of swims across America. It is just one mere point of discovery – similar to the 50 Great Open Water Swimming Locations in the Americas list.

From the perspective of an open water swimmer, this land truly is America The Beautiful.

Alabama – That Dam Swim in Muscle Shoals
Alaska – Pennock Island Challenge in Ketchikan
Arizona – Arizona Open Water Series in Pleasant Harbor Marina
Arkansas – DeGray Lake Open Water Swim in Bismarck
California – La Jolla Rough Water Swim in La Jolla
Colorado– Horsetooth Long Distance Swim in Fort Collins
Connecticut – St. Vincent’s Swim Across The Sound in Bridgeport
Delaware– Lums Pond State Park in Bear
Florida – Ft. Myers Beach Open Water Festival in Ft. Myers
Georgia – SwimForYourLife in Lake Lanier in Atlanta
Hawaii – Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Honolulu on Oahu
Idaho – Lake Coeur d’Alene in Coeur d’Alene
Illinois – Big Shoulders in Lake Michigan
Indiana – Masters Championships in Morse Reservoir in Noble
Iowa – Lake Okoboji in the Iowa Great Lakes Region
Kansas – Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee
Kentucky – Cave Run Lake south of Morehead
Louisiana– Aqualung Open Water Swim in Bush
Maine – Peaks Island to East End Beach in Portland
Maryland – Great Chesapeake Bay Swim
Massachusetts – Boston Light Swim in Boston Harbor
Michigan – Mackinac Island on Lake Huron
Minnesota – Lake Minnetonka near Minneapolis-St. Paul
Mississippi – Gator Bait in Eagle Lake in Vicksburg
Missouri – Swimmin’ in Moonshine Open Water Swim in Table Rock Dam in Branson
Montana – Whitefish Lake Open Water Swim> near Glacier National Park
Nebraska – Cornhusker State Games in Holmes Park in Lincoln
Nevada – Trans Tahoe Relay in Lake Tahoe
New Hampshire – Squam Lake near Lake Winnipesaukee
New Jersey – Pageant Ocean Swim on Absecon Island in Atlantic City
New Mexico – Mescalero Lake
New York – Liberty Island Swim around the Statute of Liberty
North Carolina – Triangle Open Water Swim Series in Jordan Lake
North Dakota – Lake Sakakawea in Riverdale
Ohio – Ohio Open Water Championships in East Fork Lake in Batavia
Oklahoma – Tallchief Open Water Swim in Sand Springs
Oregon – Cascade Lakes Swim Series in Elk Lake
Pennsylvania – Search for Monongy in the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh
Rhode Island – Second Beach Swim in Sachuest Beach in Middletown
South Carolina – Death Valley Open Water in Hartwell Lake in Clemson
South Dakota – Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills
Tennessee – Swim the Suck in Tennessee River Gorge in Chattanooga
Texas – Highland Lakes Challenge in Austin
Utah – Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim near Heber City
Vermont – Kingdom Swim in Lake Memphremagog in Newport
Virginia – Jim McDonnell Lake Swims in Lake Audubon in Reston
Washington – Fat Salmon Swim in Lake Washington in Seattle
West Virginia – Summit Lake near Richwood
Wisconsin – Manitou Monster Lake Swim in New Auburn
Wyoming – Jenny Lake in Gran Teton National Park

Photo of Lake Willoughby in the state of Vermont.

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