E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 35
Water Temp (°F): 73.5
Beach sampling has concluded for 2016
4740 Lake Harriet Parkway E
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Water Quality Hotline: 612-313-7713
No lifeguard on duty
Part of: Lake Harriet Park
Youth Swimming Lessons offered at Lake Nokomis Main Beach, Wirth Beach, Jim Lupient Water Park, North Commons Water Park, and Webber Natural Swimming Pool.
Parents/guardians will be notified of swim lesson cancellations through email.
Open Swim offered at Lake Nokomis Main Beach Sunday mornings, Tuesday/Thursday evenings
We have 12 beaches in the Minneapolis park system. View a list of all our beach locations.
High bacteria levels generally occur right after it rains, and return to normal levels within 48 hours.
Swimmer's itch is a temporary, harmless skin rash that occasionally affects lake users. Small, irritating red welts typically appear after swimming on hot, still summer days. Sensitive individuals may itch for several weeks. The rash is caused by a parasite that infects birds and snails. The parasite cannot live in humans.
Naegleria fowleri is an amoeba found in warm freshwater and soil that can causes a very rare but often fatal brain infection.
From 2005 to 2014, 31 infections resulting from swimming in contaminated water were reported in the United States. Two of those instances happened in Minnesota.
Infections occur when water with the amoeba enters the body through the nose. You cannot be infected by swallowing contaminated water and the amoeba cannot pass through the skin. To reduce your risk, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends:
Increased bacteria levels mainly come from waterfowl and pet waste in yards, streets and parks that wash into lakes either directly or through the storm sewers after a heavy rain.
Beach Group Use Permit: Apply for a free permit to ensure we can accommodate your birthday party or group of 10 or more at the beach. Application [PDF]
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