Floating Docks Are Back At Mpls. Lakes

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis is going retro this summer to help people enjoy the warm weather on the city’s lakes.

For the first time in 20 years, floating docks will be installed. The first dock was put in Lake Harriet Thursday morning.

Other floating docks will be put in at Nokomis Main Beach and Lake Calhoun’s Thomas Beach.

The floating docks will be located outside the swimming areas and will be used for people to swim to and jump from.

Along with floating docks, the city is also easing the rules at the beaches. People will now be allowed to use some inflatable objects in the water.

“We’re relaxing the rules. We’re trying to make the beaches more fun and make it more available for everyone especially kids to come down to the lake,” said Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Bob Fine.

Also, children will be allowed to swim past the boundaries to reach the new floating docks.

  • Alan McAllister

    So why were the floating docks removed for so long anyways? When I was a kid, always went to the dock at Nokomis…

  • poodie

    Control freaks who think they know what’s best for you.

  • Bill Jones Jr. / South Mpls.

    Happy Happy Joy Joy, As a kid those docks were bench marks to swimming merit. Harriet was always the closest, from there you tried Calhoun main beach. But, when you could get to the Lake Nokomis floating dock you were somebody, a swimming, diving, beach tanning full on teenager… Sting-Ray bike and all.
    Thanks for the opprotunity to take my kids to experience this chapter.

  • John

    I suppose they will be up until some kid cuts his foot on them while doing something stupid and the parents sue…

  • Uptowner

    Adding floating things to the sewage lagoons of our city is not going to help them, its like saying rice anit white.

  • Brad

    This is a terrible idea. Floating docks have been the cause of many drownings in recent years. Ramsey County pulled their rafts after numerous drownings at their beaches. Sure, they may be fun, but too many kids are unsupervised and many kids who lack swimming ability will attempt to swim out to the raft. In the end it is just a liability.

  • Abby

    I’m a Minneapolis lifeguard and while these docks may be fun, the risks they pose must also be taken seriously. I think the city should take certain actions to ensure everyone’s safety, such as putting up a “strong swimmers only” sign..

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