Guarded Swimming Beaches

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Swimming beach at Snail Lake in Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park

During the summer, it’s time to hit the beach at one of Ramsey County's five guarded swimming beaches.

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Hours and season

Beach season is Memorial Day - Labor Day.

Beach hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset.

Lifeguards are on duty daily from noon - 8 p.m. during beach season. Lifeguard service hours may vary due to poor weather or low attendance.

Beach locations


Concessions stands are available at Long Lake beach.

Group beach use

Groups looking to organize an event at a Ramsey County beach must secure a Reservation Permit (PDF). Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the event date and are available on a first-come, first served basis.

Group beach use is only available at guarded beach locations.


  • Swimming is permitted at designated beach areas only.
  • Proper swimming attire is required.
  • Glass bottles or containers are prohibited.
  • Grilling is not permitted in the beach area.
  • Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets are allowed, and must be properly worn. No inflatables or buoyant objects.
  • Pets are not allowed in the beach areas.