Swimming Beaches

  1. Beach Info
  2. Beach Rules
  3. Group Swim Requests

Natural Beaches

Washington County Parks natural beaches are open Memorial Day - Labor Day in 2023.

Natural beaches are open from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

Swim Pond  at Lake Elmo Park Reserve (CLOSED)

The Swim Pond is closed for the season, effective Monday, August 28, 2023.

Group Swims

Organized groups that will be swimming must request group swim and obtain prior approval at least seven days before your park visit. 

  • Restrooms are open at Big Marine Park Reserve beach and playground, Square Lake Park beach, and Point Douglas Park beach.
  • Vehicle permits are required and enforced.
  • If no lifeguards are present, safety breaks will not be called. Please remember to take breaks on hot days to get out of the sun, re-apply sunscreen, and drink water.
  • If thunder or lightning is observed exit the water immediately and do not re-enter until at least 30 minutes has passed since last observation.
Big MarineUnguardedOn the gentle grade of Big Marine Lake, which makes this beach great for families.
Lake Elmo Swim PondLifeguards daily Noon - 8 p.m.A man-made two-acre swimming pond that is chlorinated and filtered.
Point Douglas BeachUnguarded510 feet of sandy beach and many scenic views of the St. Croix River.
Square Lake BeachUnguarded690 feet of sandy beach on the clearest and cleanest lake in the seven-county metro area.
St. Croix Bluffs BeachUnguardedA small, unguarded beach on the waters of the beautiful St. Croix River.