It’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s a beautiful day. Is there any better way to enjoy an 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.

a woman swimming with her two daughters

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For the perfect mix of a pool and lake, try the swim ponds featuring giant beach umbrellas and filtered, chlorinated water. Swim ponds can be found at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park and Elm Creek Park Reserve.

Swimming Lessons

Learn how to swim at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park! Open to ages 5 and up. Sign up today.

Children playing in water

Swimming Beaches

Swimming beaches are unguarded and free and situated along beautiful Minnesota lakes for scenic views while you make a splash. 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.

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. 

Beach water quality

In order to ensure a safe swimming experience for park guests, our water quality tolerance standards follow a combination of the MPCA and USEPA standards for primary body contact water. Learn more about Water Resources Management at Three Rivers.


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

Other things to do

Boat Launch


people in a paddleboat tied to a dock.

Three Rivers offers plenty of boating opportunities with over 30 lakes, rivers and streams. With lake access points and trailer parking sites, it’s easy to get the family out on the water to enjoy the ultimate Minnesota pastime.

No-wake Restriction on Lake Independence

The City of Medina is enforcing a no-wake restriction on Lake Independence in Baker Park Reserve because of high water levels. Learn more.



Camping tent and fire

Fall asleep to the sound of crickets and wake up with the sunrise. Camping is the stuff memories are made of and at Three Rivers, you’ll find all the fun of camping without the long car trip. Campgrounds are located at Baker, Carver, and Cleary Lake



a man paddling a yellow kayak

Recreate on the water with canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Get exercise and fresh air while you explore the shorelines and bays where motorized boats can’t go. Need a boat? Three Rivers offers canoe, kayak, rowboat, paddleboat and stand-up paddleboard rentals at several parks.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

multi-generational family at a picnic table

Make new memories eating al fresco at a Three Rivers park picnic area in a beautiful, natural setting. All sites have picnic tables, and most sites have other basic amenities including water fountains and permanent grills. Look for a peaceful, serene location or set up just steps from a rip-roaring play area.

Play Area

Play Areas

Colorful play area with slides and climbing strutures

Create new memories at our play areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun.

Fishing / Fishing Pier


a boy and his dad fishing from the lake shore

Throw a line for your own catch of the day. In Three Rivers, you might reel in muskie, northern pike, sunfish, bass or even walleye.