Swimming Beaches

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


Based on information from the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines and recommendations from American Red Cross, Washington County will not have lifeguards for the 2020 season. In addition to the regular beach rules, the following guidelines will also be in place for 2020:

  • 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.
  • No group gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Vehicle permits will continue to be enforced.
  • Be prepared to bring your own drinking water, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.
  • Without lifeguards, 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.

Please help keep the parks clean by picking up all your trash and disposing of in appropriate bins.

Beach Information

Washington County Parks beaches open June 8 - Labor Day 2020.

Beach hours are from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Big MarineUnguardedOn the gentle grade of Big Marine Lake, which makes this beach great for families.
Lake Elmo Swim PondClosedA 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.