There are 12 swimming beaches in the Minneapolis Park System. For specific information about each beach, visit its location page:

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Beach Water Quality Factors

Each summer, thousands visit our City lakes and enjoy a refreshing swim at our many swimming beaches. To ensure a healthy and enjoyable experience for these swimmers, we monitor the water at the public beaches for E. coli, bacteria that can be an indication of health risks for swimmers.

Beaches close if a water sample does not meet the State of Minnesota’s guidelines. A beach reopens when testing reveals that levels are within guidelines. The test for E. coli takes 24 hours, and results are posted early afternoon the day after we sample a beach. The closing of a Minneapolis beach is rare, and in most cases the beach will re-open quickly.

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What does the E. coli level mean?


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Bacteria Levels Rise with Rainfall


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Summer Heat Attracts Swimmer's Itch


View the MPRB Water Resources Report for detailed annual monitoring data, data collection methods, and more.

Recent Beach Status

Cedar Lake East Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 4
Water Temp (°F): 75.0
Status: Open

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Cedar Lake Point Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 29
Water Temp (°F): 75.3
Status: Open

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Cedar Lake South Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 7
Water Temp (°F): 75.0
Status: Open

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Lake Calhoun 32nd Street Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 1051
Water Temp (°F): 75.1
Status: Open

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Lake Calhoun North Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 37
Water Temp (°F): 75.8
Status: Open

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Lake Calhoun Thomas Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 548
Water Temp (°F): 74.0
Status: Closed

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Lake Harriet North Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 14
Water Temp (°F): 75.0
Status: Open

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Lake Harriet Southeast Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 35
Water Temp (°F): 73.5
Status: Open

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Lake Hiawatha Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 1300
Water Temp (°F): 71.7
Status: Closed

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 13
Water Temp (°F): 74.7
Status: Open

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Lake Nokomis Main Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 7
Water Temp (°F): 74.9
Status: Open

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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Theodore Wirth Lake Beach

08/29/2016

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 342
Water Temp (°F): 75.4
Status: Closed

Beach sampling has concluded for 2016 

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