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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 service has ended for the 2021 season. Buoys designating the swim areas will be out until Labor Day. Call 911 in case of an emergency. 

Unguarded beaches

Lifeguard services are not provided at these locations. Buoys designating the swim areas will be out from Memorial Day–Labor Day. Call 911 in case of an emergency. 


  • 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

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. Lake McCarrons County beach will have lifeguards staffed. Other beach locations are unguarded.


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. Visit the Open Data Portal to learn more about the most commonly tested for contaminant - E. coli.