beach umbrellas over tables at Shady Oak Beach

Shady Oak Beach

5200 Shady Oak Rd, Minnetonka

Caution: Shady Oak Lake open water/thin ice
this winter

The city of Minnetonka will be installing and operating an aeration system in Shady Oak Lake, starting December 3, 2013, that will create open water and thin ice around the dock structure in the water. People using the lake should exercise extreme caution when in or around the lake and shoreline area. The aerator is located on the southeast corner of the dock structure.

The water under the diving dock at Shady Oak Beach will be aerated this winter to prevent ice from forming under the dock. The purpose of this is to prevent ice damage to the pilings (or posts) that hold up the dock deck and are buried in the lake bottom. The dock structure has been inspected by an engineering firm and was deemed structurally sound. This aeration effort is intended to prolong the life of the pilings which once deteriorated may not be replaceable under Department of Natural Resources regulations.

Questions? Call recreation services at 952.939.8203.


  • 76 feet of sandy beach shoreline
  • 2 sand play areas
  • Community play area (see below)
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Concession stand
  • Restroom/changing areas
  • Canoe rental
  • Fishing
  • Picnic shelter
    Picnic shelters can be reserved through Joint Recreation Services from May through September, and must be reserved at least 7 days in advance. Visit to learn more.

Daily admission rates

$6 (ages 2 and under are free)
$3 Twilight
(after 6 pm)
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Season passes

Information on season passes available from the City of Minnetonka.

Community Play Area

The Shady Oak Beach Community Play Area opened in 2011. Replacing the older water feature, the new community play area offers multiple play areas suitable for ages 1-12. Just a few of the features include water tables, water misters, and a “fossil dig” for exploration. Unlike the previous water play area, which could be used only during the summer months, this area is available for a longer period of time each year – from April through October.

The cities of Hopkins and Minnetonka received an $187,500 Hennepin Youth Sports Program grant to develop the new play area. Funding for the grant came from tax dollars collected for the new Minnesota Twins stadium and designated for youth sports/recreational enrichment.

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playing at the beach playing at the beach playing at the beach

playing at the beach playing at the beach playing at the beach



    beach play area