Bde Maka Ska’s Thomas Beach, 32nd Street Beach and Lake Hiawatha Beach remain closed

The three Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) beaches closed on Tuesday will remained closed through at least Monday, July 10. Yesterday’s re-sampling of  Bde Maka Ska 32nd Street Beach, Bde Maka Ska Thomas Beach and Lake Hiawatha Beach found that E. coli bacteria still exceeded state specified guidelines.

These closures are likely due to the heavy rainfall earlier this week which brought large amounts of stormwater into the lakes.

While there have been no reports of any illness from swimmers at these beaches, the MPRB routinely monitors and proactively closes its beaches if bacteria levels exceed state guidelines. All other MPRB public beaches are open, including Bde Maka Ska’s North Beach and Lake Nokomis’ 50th Street Beach and Main Beach.

The MPRB posts all of its beach bacteria test results online at The MPRB will re-sample the beaches on Tuesday, July 9. When the bacteria levels are within state guidelines, the beaches will reopen.