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Unread 07-05-2008, 03:50 PM
 
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Default Good lake (river?) for swimming near MSP..

Hi,

I just found this forum and I'm hoping you all will have some good ideas.
We live in St. Paul. I'm wondering if anyone has some suggestions for a good lake to swim and boat in that's just a little bit out of town? It could
be in Wisconsin too (we're pretty far east in St. Paul) we'd prefer that it not be any of the city lakes as they're always so crowded this time of year.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in Advance
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Unread 07-05-2008, 04:00 PM
 
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Lake Minnetonka is a great lake to swim.
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Unread 07-05-2008, 05:13 PM
 
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Lake Minnetonka is a great lake to swim.
Far from it. Choked in weeds and filled with motorboats. Great for recreation, bad for a swim.
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Unread 07-05-2008, 05:14 PM
 
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Where I am, Shady Oak in Mtka. is a good beach. I can't say for anything near Saint Paul.
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Unread 07-05-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I am (possibly dreaming only..) of a place with no weeds and nearer to the east metro..any one with ideas on this side of town.
At any rate even if we went west it would be past the first tier suburbs (my brother lives on minnetonka and they barely swim there even..)
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Unread 07-05-2008, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN
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Square Lake - North of Stillwater.
Washington County, MN - Square Lake Park (http://www.co.washington.mn.us/info_for_residents/parks_division/parks_and_trails/square_lake_park/ - broken link)
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Unread 07-05-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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French Park, Elm Creek, and Lake Minnetonka Regional Park have filtered swimming areas.
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Unread 07-06-2008, 05:28 AM
 
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Square Lake - North of Stillwater.
Washington County, MN - Square Lake Park (http://www.co.washington.mn.us/info_for_residents/parks_division/parks_and_trails/square_lake_park/ - broken link)
I was going to say the same thing. I know over the years it has won awards for the cleanest lake in the state. It has a nice, sandy bottom, clean water, boat launch, etc. There are two parking lots, go to the second lot, the beach isn't quite as rocky on that end of the lake.

Oakdale has a county park-the name escapes me, with a man-made lake. No boating though.

There are beaches up and down the St. Croix River too. The one down in St. Croix Beach is pretty good.
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Unread 07-06-2008, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN
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Whitewater and Wm. O'Brian State Parks have man-made swimming areas with nice sandy beaches. We used to take our kids camping in the state parks a lot when they were young and I think Wm. O'Brian had one of the best beaches aat that time without that many people at the swimming area when we were using it (but that was 20 years ago!).
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Unread 07-06-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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White bear lake?
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