Experience and enjoy the summer season at Shady Oak Beach located at 5200 Shady Oak Road in Minnetonka. This facility is owned by the City of Hopkins, and operated by the City of Minnetonka’s Recreation Department.

This 85-acre, fully recreational area offers 76′ of sandy beach shoreline and clear spring-fed waters, as well as great amenities including multi-age playground area, lifeguards, swimming, high dive, concessions, changing area, rentals for canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board, sand volleyball, fishing and free parking.

Map and directions

Hours of Operation

  • June 9 – July 31,  10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • July 4, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • August 1–20, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Daily Entrance Admission (2017 rate)

  • $6 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
  • Twilight Rate (after 6 p.m.): $3 per person

Season passes

Purchase options

  • Call 952-939-8203 to purchase by phone using a credit card. Visa, MasterCard or Discover is accepted.
  • Visit Minnetonka City Hall, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Visit Shady Oak Beach starting June 9: cash, checks, or credit card (Visa or Master Card only). Checks should be made payable to Recreation Services.
  • Punch cards for sale! A 10-visit punch card is $40.

2017 Season Pass Rates




Purchased by
June 8 or after July 31

1–2 passes


Additional passes




1-3 passes


Additional passes


Purchased June 9 - July 31



1-2 passes


Additional passes $9/pass
Non-Resident Rate
1-3 passes $31/pass
Additional passes $16/pass

*Cities of Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Louis Park qualify for resident rates. All others pay non-resident rates.

  • Additional passes are intended to be for family members living in same household.
  • Ages 2 and under are free.
  • All children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

All persons not included on a season pass will need to pay a daily admission of $6 to use the beach.

If you already have a season pass ID card, you do not need a new card; however, remember to always bring it with you to the beach! Your card automatically becomes valid with the purchase of a 2017 season pass.

Weather Guidelines

The following guidelines will be used for the closing of Shady Oak Beach due to inclement weather:

  • When the temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, and/or
  • The number of swimmers is fewer than 15 (within a two-hour window before 5 p.m. or at any point after 5 p.m.)

City beaches may be closed at the discretion of Recreation Services. When the weather is questionable, please call the Weather Line at 952-939-8355 or Shady Oak Beach at 952-908-7083. The beach may open late or close early if the guidelines listed above are met.

Additional notes

  • Season passes are not sold or issued at Hopkins City Hall.
  • The Membership Card ID is used to verify your purchase of a 2017 season pass every time you access Shady Oak Beach. Failure to provide a valid Membership Card ID at the gate entrance will result in a delay while staff verifies your season pass.

Group information

Groups reservations are from noon – 6 p.m.

Contact Recreation Services at least seven days in advance by calling 952-939-8203.

Group rates

  • Resident: $3.50 per person
  • Non-resident: $4 per person
  • Chaperones and bus drivers are free

Group size

Groups of 20 or more will be given the group rate, and are required to have a ratio of one adult to ten youths.

We ask that the adults take an active role in supervising their group. Group leaders must notify Ann Davy at least three days in advance if there are any changes to your reservation. We ask for this notification so we can make the proper accommodations to ensure a safe environment for all patrons of the beach. Ann Davy can be reached at adavy@eminnetonka.com or 952-939-8357.

No glass bottles or cans

Glass bottles or cans are not allowed in the beach area. Please let your participants know this ahead of time. We notice many children coming in with a packed lunch for the day that have cans. If we see they have cans they will be taken away.

Shady Oak Beach Rules

  • No cans or glass are allowed within the gated area.
  • Groups are not allowed before 12 p.m.
  • Any persons having an infectious or communicable disease shall be excluded from using the beach.
  • All children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • The beach is smoke and tobacco free.
  • Flotation objects must be kept in designated areas.
  • Large flotation objects are not allowed.
  • Cut off jeans, thongs or pants are not proper swimwear.
  • No pets allowed within the gated area.

Other amenities at Shady Oak Beach

  • Sand volleyball: no charge, but equipment must be checked out at admissions
  • Canoe, kayak, paddle board (SUP) rentals (no reservations allowed)
    • Canoe = $7/hr
    • Kayak (single) = $7/hr
    • Kayak (two person) = $10/hr
    • Paddle Board = $10/hr
  • Playground areas
  • Concession stand
  • First-aid station
  • Family, women's and men’s restrooms/changing areas.

Reserving the Picnic Shelter

Refer to the picnic shelter reservations page for details on how to reserve the picnic shelter.

Shady Oak Park Shelter Guidelines (pdf)

Water quality at Shady Oak Beach

As a spring-fed lake that receives little stormwater runoff, Shady Oak Lake/Beach is not susceptible to contamination and has never tested positive for E. coli. However, in order to protect beach users, water at Shady Oak Beach is tested twice per year for E. coli, once before the season starts and again midway through the season. Questions? Contact Minnetonka Environmental Health at 952-939-8272.