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Lake Elmo Beach

1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042, USA, Minnesota
651-430-8370
Admission: $0.00
$7.00 Vehicle Fee Required
Concessions Available
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Tue. 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Wed. 12:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Thu. 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Fri. 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Sat. 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Sun. 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day; Park Hours: 6am - 10pm
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Lake Elmo Beach may be the most popular destination at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. It is a man-made, chlorinated swimming pond, so you get the feel of a real beach without the chemical cleanliness of a pool. Most of the pond is shallow enough for older kids to touch the sand bottom, though there are a couple spots where it maxes out at about 6 feet. 

Anne's Pro Tip: If you're able, arrive early to snag a shady spot under one of the large beach umbrellas.

Lake Elmo Beach

Safety Precautions at Lake Elmo Swim Pond

In the summer of 2018, the park and Washington County Sheriff’s Office partnered to make child-sized life jackets available to visitors to borrow for free. The life jacket loaner station is located in a locker near the beach concession stand. The life jackets are stocked in multiple sizes, and parents can find instructions on how best to fit a life jacket on a child at the station.

Lifeguards are on duty daily, weather depending, Saturday of Memorial Weekend through Labor Day.

Lake Elmo Beach Rules

Families should know that despite the fact that it is a guarded beach, all children must be supervised by an adult and accompanied by an adult in the water. Other rules to be aware of include.

  • Swim diapers are required for children who are not potty trained.
  • While Coast Guard approved life jackets are allowed, no other flotation devices are not permitted
  • Safety breaks are taken every hour between noon and 8 p.m. Please listen for lifeguard directions

Find more Lake Elmo MN swimming beach information and rules here.

Lake Elmo Beach Prices

Lake Elmo Public Beach is free to use, but Washington County Parks require a vehicle fee. Vehicle permits cost $7.00 per day (paid at the gate) or $30 per year and are good at any Washington County Park and reciprocal at Anoka and Carver County parks. To learn more about vehicle permits here.

The Playground at Lake Elmo

Lake Elmo has a large play area that is close to the beach, though not close enough that you can keep one eye on both the water and the playground. You can expect everyone to sleep well after a day at Lake Elmo.

No Dogs Allowed on the Beach!

Dogs are not allowed on the beach at Lake Elmo. They are also not allowed in picnic areas or campsites. They are allowed on hiking trails but must be leashed. Unless you live in the neighborhood, it's probably best to leave the pup home for this outing.

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