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Minneapolis Beaches

Admission: $0.00
Some Beaches have Pay Lots: Parking prices range from 75 cents to $1.50 per hour. Annual Permits Also Available
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
See below for lifeguard hours.

The twelve Minneapolis beaches where the public can swim are located at the following six parks: Bde Maka Ska/Calhoun, Cedar Lake, Lake Harriet, Lake Hiawatha, Lake Nokomis and Theodore Wirth Park

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.

2020 Open/Closures Due to Covid-19

MPRB had originally planned to keep beaches closed in 2020. However, they did end up opening some beaches - first without lifeguards, but then hiring lifeguards shortly after reopening the beaches. Find information regarding 2020 operations here.

Minneapolis Beaches with Lifeguards

Minneapolis Beaches

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:

Minneapolis Beach Closures - Water Quality

Minneapolis monitors the water quality at beaches and close when bacteria levels rise too high. Signs will be posted at these times. However, if you want to save a trip, you can check water quality levels at this site.

More Twin Cities Beaches

Anne reviews her favorite beaches and other swim spots:

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