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 has traditionally been guarded during open hours (11am to 7pm daily during the season), however it is unguarded in 2021. Its amenities include a volleyball court and concessions stand (not open in 2021). Besides enjoying swimming, families can canoe, picnic and explore the trails.
NEW FOR 2021: Free parking at Bush Lake Beach!
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.
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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