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Bush Lake Beach, Bloomington

Bush Lake Beach, 9140 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN, USA
952-563-8877
Admission: $0.00
Vehicle Fee: $7.75 (June through August)
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Tue. 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Wed. 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Thu. 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Fri. 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Sat. 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Sun. 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Beach is open June 9-August 19.
Details:

Bush Lake Beach and East Bush Lake Park are on the east side of Bush Lake in Bloomington. They are located slightly more than a mile away from and across the lake from West Bush Lake Park. The park is part of the greater Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve. This popular beach is guarded during open ours and its amenities include a volleyball court and concessions stand. Besides enjoying swimming, families can canoe, picnic and explore the trails. 
 
A daily pass or seasonal parking permit is required for entrance to the beach from June 1 through August 31. Seasonal permits are $40, or you can purchase a daily permit for $8. However, West Bush Lake Park does not require a parking permit, so if you don't mind walking a mile (both ways), you can park there.

Annual Bush Lake Sandcastles Competition

Each June, Bloomington hosts a sandcastle building contest at this beach. The day also feature games and other fun activities for beach goers. If interested, you may want to RSVP on city's Facebook events page; 2019's event was cancelled.

Bush Lake Beach Closures

It's a good idea with this beach (as with most natural beaches) to call or check the website before heading out. The city will close the beach if the e-coli levels get dangerously high. You can also sign up for text messages here.

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