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Lifeguards are employed at six of the twelve beaches during peak use, but beaches are open during regular park hours regardless of whether lifeguards are on duty. During unguarded times, swimmers use the beaches at their own risk and parents are always encouraged to monitor their children. Get updates on extended life guard hours and closings here.
Minneapolis Beaches with Lifeguards
Lifeguard duty runs from early June through late August and the lifeguards are on duty from noon to 7:00 p.m. daily at the following beaches:
- East Cedar Lake Beach
- Lake Harriet North Beach
- Bde Maka Ska Thomas Beach
- Lake Nokomis Main Beach
- Theodore Wirth Lake Beach
Beaches in Minneapolis without Lifeguards
Lifeguards are not provided at these beaches in 2019, but the public can swim during open park hours at their own risk:
- Cedar Lake South Beach
- Bde Maka Ska North Beach
- Lake Harriet Southeast Beach
- Lake Hiawatha beaches.
- Lake Calhoun 32nd Street Beach
- Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach
- Cedar Lake Point Beach
Map of Beaches in Minneapolis
See the map below to locate beaches:
More Twin Cities Beaches
Anne reviews her favorite beaches and other swim spots: