Located on Guthrie Road, Lowell Johnson Park (A.K.A. "The Ol' Swimmin' Hole") is one of Anderson Island's busiest public parks.
This is a seasonal park, open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. It has two separate, cordoned off swimming areas on Florence Lake. One is for the "Big Kids". It has a floating dock and a separate floating platform with a tower to jump from. The other one is for the "Little Un's". It has a floating "V" dock and a slide. There are also sandy beaches, a sand volleyball court, and picnic areas. No lifeguard is on duty.
ALCOHOL AND SMOKING ARE NOT PERMITTED AT ANY TIME. DOGS (except for service dogs) are not welcome at any time on or off leash. Please visit Andy's Wildlife Park, Idie Ulsh Park and Jane Cammon Park sites where dogs are permitted on leash only and the Freddy's Off-leash dog area on Sandberg Road.
New restrictions will be implemented for the 2021 season: Car entrance will be limited to the 15-car parking available inside the park perimeter. Once the lot is full, arriving cars will be turned away until spaces become available.
The island’s other lakeside parks are privately owned by the Riviera Community Club, so when the Swimming Hole is at capacity, there is no access for individuals not granted access by that HOA.
For now, bike and walk-ins are not restricted, but that is subject to change as we monitor overcrowding.
It is known as "The Ol' Swimmin' Hole" by locals because of it's historic origin. It was a gathering place and probably used for bathing before electric power was introduced to the island in the 1960's. It was purchased by the District in 1970.
NEWS ON THIS PARK:
Off Guthrie Road.
Two swimming areas on the lake, sand volleyball court, grassy sitting areas, sandy beach.
Full public bathroom
Yes, on Florence Lake
PARK COMMISSIONER CONTACT
John Larsen | 253-884-9798
Dogs are not allowed, leashed or not, at this park.
As with all our parks, no smoking, alcohol or drugs are allowed on site.
Car entrance will be limited to the 15-car parking available inside the park perimeter.