Get outside and splash in the water at Three Rivers Park District Swim Ponds and Beaches – opening this weekend!
It might not feel like summer today, but we live in Minnesota and you just never know what the weather will be like from one day to the next!
I can tell you that Saturday, May 29 will be the day the swim ponds and beaches open for the Three Rivers Park District. Maybe you’ll jump right in, or maybe you’ll just dip your toes in the water. Whatever you do, at least there will be options!
It’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s a beautiful day. Is there any better way to enjoy an unbeatable Minnesota summer than to splash around at the beach? Swimming is a great, low-impact way to exercise your whole body. Better yet, it’s fun for the whole family. Swimming areas in Three Rivers are located near play areas, trails, visitor centers, campgrounds, and more so you can make a day of it.
Paid Swim Ponds
Three Rivers has two paid swim ponds: Elm Creek Swim Pond and Lake Minnetonka Swim Pond. These swim ponds are a nice mix of a pool and a lake with filtered, chlorinated water and a sandy beach. They’re also surrounded by giant beach umbrellas.
Note that a season wristband or a $5 daily wristband is required, and you can purchase these online or onsite.
Both swim ponds also have floating beach wheelchairs available for use at no cost to those who need it. These can be used on sand and in the water.
If you want a more natural and free experience, visit one of their swimming beaches. There are unguarded and situated along several lakes. Hours are 9 am – 8 pm for all swimming beaches except for Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, which is 9 am – sunset.
Baker Park Reserve (Main Beach)
Baker Park Reserve (South Beach)
Bryant Lake Regional Park
Carver Park Reserve (Lake Auburn Campground)
Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park
Cleary Lake Regional Park
Fish Lake Regional Park
French Regional Park
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve
Please note that for both the swim ponds and the beaches, children not toilet trained are required to wear swim diapers, and dogs are not allowed to swim.