swimming Swimming

It’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s a beautiful day! Is there any better way to enjoy this unbeatable Minnesota summer than to splash around at the beach? Swimming is a great, low-impact way to exercise your whole body. Better yet, it’s fun for the whole family! At Three Rivers, we have swimming areas located near play areas, trails, visitor centers, campgrounds, and more  so you can make a day of it!

Beach Water Quality
In order to ensure a safe swimming experience for our park guests, our E. coli bacteria tolerance standards follow a combination of the MPCA and USEPA standard for primary body contact water. If a single sample exceeds 1260 colonies per 100 ml or the geomean of the last 5 weekly samples exceeds 126 colonies per 100 ml, the beach will be closed. Action will be taken to identify and eliminate the bacteria source in either case before the beach is re-opened.

Swimming Beaches

Our swimming beaches are unguarded and free. Most are situated along beautiful Minnesota lakes for scenic views while you make a splash. Please visit the individual swimming facility page for information on hours, water quality updates and more. Hours are 9:00 AM-8:00 PM for all swimming beaches except for Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, which is 9:00 AM-sunset.

Swimming Ponds

For the perfect mix of a pool and lake, try the swimming ponds featuring giant beach umbrellas and filtered, chlorinated water. Swimming ponds can be found at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park and Elm Creek Park Reserve. Passes are required. Please visit the individual swimming facility page for information on fees, hours, guard times and more.

Where to find it

Additional Information

Infants and Children

Children not toilet trained are required to wear swim diapers while in the beach and pond areas.

Beach Accessibility

For people who use wheelchairs we offer, at no cost, the use of floating beach wheelchairs, which are designed to allow accessibility to areas otherwise inaccessible. They can be used on sand and in the water, and are available at the Lake Minnetonka and Elm Creek swim ponds.

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