Swimming Beaches

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During the summer, it’s time to hit the beach at one of Ramsey County's nine public beach locations.

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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.

Beach locations

Guarded beaches

Lifeguard services are available June 12–August 15, noon–8 p.m., weather permitting.

Unguarded beaches

Lifeguard services are not provided at these locations. Buoys designating the swim areas will be out from Memorial Day–Labor Day.


  • 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.

Group beach use

Group beach use is only available at guarded beach locations.

Groups looking to organize an event at a guarded 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.


A concessions stand is available at Long Lake beach.

Beach water quality

Ramsey County regularly tests beaches for water quality during beach season each year. Learn more about the most commonly tested for contaminant - E. coli.

Beach water quality data