1. Experience Wright County Parks!
    Summer is in full swing and July brings forth the opportunity to get out and experience the Parks that Wright County has to offer. Each week in July we will highlight different amenities that the park system offers. This week, to help you beat the heat, we will look at some of our parks with Swimming Beaches.

    There are 5 parks in the county that offer public swimming beaches. Located at 7250 10th Street NE in St. Michael, Beebe Lake offers one of the largest public beaches in the county. In addition to the beach, this park has a reservable shelter, 1.2 miles of trails, fishing pier, group camp site (must obtain permit), sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and modern restrooms.

    Just west of Monticello you will find the newest public swimming beach at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park. The swimming beach is located on Bertram Lake with access from 9842 Briarwood Avenue NE. Once you arrive at the park be sure to stay to the right at the “y” in the road to park your vehicle. Once in the parking lot you will take one of the updated trails down to the lake where you find plenty of sand, space and a new outdoor themed playground.

    Outside of Annandale you can visit Clearwater/Pleasant Regional Park for a swim. This park has shoreline on both Clearwater and Pleasant Lake. If you aren’t paying attention your entire day will go by before you know it at Clearwater/Pleasant. Be sure to bring your disc and get a round of 18 in at the newly expanded disc golf course.

    The last 2 parks to think about when looking for a fun place to swim are Collinwood and Schroeder Parks. Collinwood is located on the Southeast border of the county outside of Cokato Parks. Parks. Collinwood is located on the Southeast border of the county outside of Cokato (17251 70th St. SW, Cokato, MN 55321) on Collinwood Lake. Schroeder is situated on Cedar Lake outside of Annandale at 9201 Ireland Ave NW not too far away from Clearwater/Pleasant. The thing to remember about both of these locations is that they are campgrounds, so during the summer they can be busy, but don’t let that deter you from a great place to swim.

    We look forward to seeing you out in the parks this summer enjoying the sun and water. Please remember to abide by all park ordinances when in our parks. All these parks are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Don’t forget to let us know how you recreate on our Facebook page. For more information visit the Wright Count Parks Department website.