Summer is soon coming to an end. Many areas of the country have already started school, and those that haven't are preparing for it to begin soon. As school begins, families shift their focus from long days in the sun towards sports, homework, and just keeping the house reasonably clean. But...we are hopeful that there will still be a few weekends in September filled with heat.
Heat enough to head out to places like Lake Elmo Beach.
In case such weekends do exist, we want to make sure you know about the little gem that is the Lake Elmo Beach. Especially if you have smaller children. This beach is a man-made pond (the picture above shows almost the entire pond), and it is carefully regulated. The water is clear and clean, the sand is smooth and grated each day, and lifeguards monitor swimmers.
The beach has multiple large umbrellas providing shade, and buoys have even been placed all around the lake marking the 3' depths as well as the 6' depths. The pond is no deeper than 6' at any spot. This makes it an absolutely ideal location for families with small children! Unfortunately, a lot of people already know this, so don't expect to be alone at the pond. It's busy. And don't expect teens and older children to claim this as their favorite beach spot; it's too shallow and there's just not enough mischief to get up to.
But the trek to the pond is easy from your car. Unlike other beaches, like Square Lake, Lake Elmo Beach is all flat areas and easy strolling.
Lake Elmo Beach also has good bathrooms, kept rather clean. And they have a canteen of sorts. So if you don't feel like bringing a picnic or finding a grilling location (they have picnic tables and grills around the pond), you can pick up a hot dog or some nachos. Nothing really healthy, but hey! It's a beach!
For more information on places in Minnesota you might want to visit, head to our Minnesota page. We've got lots of fun stuff there!