Swimming Beaches

  1. Beach Info
  2. Beach Rules
  3. Group Swim Requests

Beach Information

Washington County Parks beaches open May 29 - Labor Day 2021. Beginning June 12, the Swim Pond at Lake Elmo Park Reserve will be open Thursdays-Mondays. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Natural Beaches are open from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve Swim Pond hours are from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday - Monday. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Swim Pond will be closed for the season effective August 24.

Organized groups that will be swimming must obtain prior approval at least seven days before your park visit. 

  • Restrooms are open at Big Marine Park Reserve Beach and playground, Square Lake Park Beach, and Point Douglas Park Beach.
  • All beach users must social distance according to current State of Minnesota guidelines.
  • Vehicle permits will continue to be enforced.
  • If no lifeguards are present, safety breaks will not be called. Please remember to take breaks on hot days to get out of the sun, re-apply sunscreen, and drink water.
  • If thunder or lightning is observed exit the water immediately and do not re-enter until at least 30 minutes has passed since last observation.
ParkLifeguardsDescription
Big MarineUnguardedOn the gentle grade of Big Marine Lake, which makes this beach great for families.
Lake Elmo Swim Pond12:00pm - 8:00pm Thursday - MondayA man-made two-acre swimming pond that is chlorinated and filtered.
Point Douglas BeachUnguarded510 feet of sandy beach and many scenic views of the St. Croix River.
Square Lake BeachUnguarded690 feet of sandy beach on the clearest and cleanest lake in the seven-county metro area.
St. Croix Bluffs BeachUnguardedA small, unguarded beach on the waters of the beautiful St. Croix River.