Beaches and Recreational Waters in Minnesota - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Beaches and Recreational Waters in Minnesota

As the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” there are plenty of opportunities to go swimming at beaches in Minnesota. Although it is normal for beaches to have microorganisms in the water, sometimes the water contains pathogens that can make people sick. These pathogens may naturally inhabit the water or come from sewage overflows, leaky septic tanks, stormwater runoff, boating waste, and animal or human waste.

  • Beach Monitoring
    Learn about how beach waters are monitored in Minnesota.

  • Staying Healthy at the Beach
    Learn what you can do to stay healthy at the beach. Includes information about how to prevent recreational water illnesses, food safety tips, and advice about how to avoid injuries and protect yourself from the sun.


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Updated Wednesday, 06-Feb-2019 12:34:57 CST