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 are monitored weekly from June through August.

Elevated bacteria levels in MPRB lakes usually occur as a result of rain events and return to normal levels within 24 to 48 hours of the rain event.

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.

Beach status hotline: 612-313-7713

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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


Recent Beach Status

Cedar Lake East Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Cedar Lake Point Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Cedar Lake South Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Lake Calhoun 32nd Street Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Lake Calhoun North Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Lake Calhoun Thomas Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Lake Harriet North Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Lake Harriet Southeast Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Lake Hiawatha Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach

Beach sampling will resume 06/05/17

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Lake Nokomis Main Beach

05/22/2017

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 2
Water Temp (°F): 58.3
Status: Open

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Theodore Wirth Lake Beach

05/22/2017

E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 15
Water Temp (°F): 58.0
Status: Open

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