Summer time in the Fargo area means lake season! We’ve compiled a list of swimming beaches near Fargo (within 2 hours) so you can plan a fun day trip the whole family can enjoy. Beaches are listed in order of their distance from the FM area.
Blue Eagle Lake is located on the north edge of Barnesville just 30 minutes from Fargo. There is a swimming beach with a bath house (open daily from Noon to 6:00 p.m.), a fishing dock, and port-a-potty available.
This state park is only 30 minutes from the FM area and has a swimming hole surrounded by beach. Lifeguards are on duty and bathrooms are available. Take a break from swimming to enjoy the many trails the state park has to offer!
Middle Cormorant Lake Beach is located 45 minutes from Fargo on County Highway 5 on the eastern shores of Middle Cormorant Lake in southwestern Becker County. They have a lifeguard on duty and public restrooms available.
Mooreton Pond is a small swimming area located just under and hour south of Fargo in Richland County. Bring a picnic to enjoy in one of the pavilions (or even grill!) Restrooms are available on site.
The city of Detroit Lakes has a mile-long sandy beach on the shore of Little Detroit Lake, just under one hour from the FM area. The beach runs along West Lake Drive and offers swimming activities for the public and there are two public accesses for launching boats. There is a handicapped accessible fishing pier on the beach providing fishing access to everyone. The beach is also next to a park, where the kids can take a break to play and use the restrooms.
Maplewood State Park is located one hour southeast from the FM area. There are numerous picnic tables and grills available for visitor use, as well as a large picnic shelter that is available for group or family gatherings. On a warm summer day you can go for a swim and relax at the sandy beach on Lake Lida. The park entrance is 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids, MN on State Highway 108. Visit the Maplewood State Park website for more information.
Pebble Lake Beach is located one hour southeast from Fargo near Fergus Falls, MN. Lifeguards are on duty seven days a week from 1:30-5:30 p.m. and picnic tables available for use.
Eagle Lake Public beach is located just over an hour from Fargo on the eastern shore of Eagle Lake west of the city of Frazee, MN. The park contains picnic shelters, playground equipment, and horseshoe pits and a public boat launch. Note: There are no public restrooms or lifeguards on duty.
Long Lake is located just over an hour from Fargo near Vergas, MN and has a public beach with docks and the World’s Largest Loon for a fun photo op! Has bathrooms and a small playground for littles when they need a break from the water.
Town Lake Public Beach is located just over an hour from Fargo on Co. Hwy. 29 on the northeast shore of Town Lake in the city of Frazee, MN. The park also contains picnic shelters and a public boat launch. Public restrooms are available.
The Osage Public Beach is located on hour and 20 minutes west of Fargo on the southern tip of Straight Lake in the community of Osage in eastern Becker County. No public restrooms are available, so plan accordingly!
Located one hour 25 minutes from the FM area, Glendalough State Park allows you to swim, canoe, kayak or cast a line for legendary pan fish on clear Annie Battle Lake. Take a break from the lake to enjoy a hike or rent a bike!
Located one hour and 30 minutes from the FM area, Lake Latoka has a public swimming beach with lifeguards on duty and picnic tables available.
Menahga City Beach is located one hour and 30 minutes from the FM Area. The city maintains a public beach on Spirit Lake, and is known for its white sugar-sand. It is open everyday during the summer months, with lifeguards on duty. A large fishing pier is also available for public use.
This recreational area is located just 1 hour and 35 minutes west of Fargo near Jamestown, ND. This beach is free and open to the public – just make sure to bring your umbrella for some shade!
Located one hour and 40 minutes from Fargo on the northeast side of Lake Agnes and Lake Henry, you can enjoy a public swimming beach, playgrounds, picnic areas, grilling stations, fishing spots and more at this relaxing shore spot.
Located one hour and 45 minutes from Fargo, Lake Belle Taine has a public swimming beach with nearby picnic tables and shelters.
Located an hour and 45 minutes from Fargo, Lake Carlos State Park has a variety of recreational activities revolve around the lake. Clear and deep, Lake Carlos offers swimming, fishing, boating, camping, hiking and horseback riding.
Lake Le Homme Dieu is located one hour and 45 minutes from Fargo, and is part of the Alexandria Chain of Lakes. Navigable connections exist to Lake Carlos and Lake Geneva. Popular lake for fishing, boating and water recreation. Public access docks available. Two swimming beaches: Rotary Beach – Located between Lake Carlos and Lake L ‘Homme Dieu on County Road 42 (no life guards present) and Lake Le Homme Dieu Beach – Located on the southern end of the lake (lifeguard staff is present at this location).
A local favorite, Itasca State Park is located one hour and 50 minutes from Fargo. Enjoy the cool water of the Mississipi River at the headwaters, or spend an afternoon at the nearby swimming beach. There’s a playground nearby and plenty of grass space for a picnic lunch!