beach and lake at Shady Oak Beach

Shady Oak Beach

5200 Shady Oak Rd, Minnetonka - Directions

2016 Hours of Operation

  • June 3–August 1, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. (closes at 7 p.m. on July 4)
  • August 2–28, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Shady Oak Beach season extended

The Shady Oak Beach swim season, scheduled to end Sunday, August 21, has been extended to Sunday, August 28, weather permitting. This extension is possible due to adequate levels and availability of lifeguarding staff not previously seen in past seasons. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Season memberships will remain valid, and those without a pass can enter by purchasing a daily pass for $6 (ages 3+). The concession stand will also remain open as supplies last, and equipment including paddle boards and kayaks are also available to rent.

For more information, please contact Recreation Services at 952-939-8203.


  • 76 feet of sandy beach shoreline
  • Two 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 p.m.)
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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