Swimming Beaches

Square Lake Beach Copyright Jim Levitt

Square Lake Regional Park

Washington County Parks beaches are open*:
May 27 - September 4, 2017. 
  
Regular Beach Hours: 9 am to 9 pm
August 1 thru September 5: 9 am -8 pm

Sun, Sand and Fun!



Featured at five Washington County Parks, swimming beaches are a great way to cool down in the summer heat. Offering clean, pristine waters, the county’s swimming beaches are some of the best in the region.

Washington County provides five distinct swimming opportunities. Big Marine Park Reserve Swimming Beach is on the gentle grade of Big Marine Lake, which makes this beach great for families. Lake Elmo Park Reserve features a man-made two-acre swimming pond that is chlorinated and filtered. Point Douglas Park provides 510 feet of sandy beach and many scenic views of the St. Croix River. Square Lake Park offers 690 feet of sandy beach on the clearest and cleanest lake in the seven-county metro area. St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park has a small beach on the waters of the beautiful St. Croix River.

Want to lifeguard at a Washington County beach?  Get certified by the American Red Cross before Memorial Day.   

Beach Rules



For the protection of park resources and facilities and for the enjoyment of all visitors, please observe all regulations posted throughout the park:

  • All children must be supervised by an adult.
  • Children six years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water.
  • Please use swim diapers.
  • Coast Guard approved life jackets are allowed.
  • All flotation devices, including water wings, air mattresses, kickboards, tubes, and noodles are not permitted.
  • Safety breaks are taken every hour between noon and 8 p.m. Please listen for lifeguard directions.
  • Dogs are not allowed on beaches or picnic areas. They are allowed on hiking trails only and must be on a leash.
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, including 3.2 beer, is prohibited.
  • Glass containers are not permitted.
  • Smoking is not allowed on the sand, but is allowed in the grassy areas.
  • Please dispose of all waste in a garbage or recycling bin during your stay.

Organized Groups
Organized groups that will be swimming must obtain


prior approval at least seven days before your park visit.

Group Swim Request Form