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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! Swimming areas in Three Rivers are 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 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 1,260 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. Learn more about water resources management at Three Rivers.

Swimming Beaches

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

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