Swimming

Jump right in! Put your toes in the sand at one of our beaches, cannonball off a dock, or brave the flume slide at the aquatic center.  Find out where  you can swim all year long!

Clear Lake Beaches

  • Clear Lake City Beach
    Clear Lake Parks and Recreation Department
    641-357-7010
    Clear Lake's City Beach, located near the downtown water tower, is maintained by the Clear Lake Parks and Recreation Department and offers unsupervised swimming. The area includes a splash pad, bath house, and a park with playground equipment.
  • Clear Lake State Park Beach
    2730 South Lakeview Drive
    641-357-4242
    A 900-foot sandy beach is located close to picnic area and shelters. The beach offers unsupervised swimming and a concrete path runs the length of the beach for the mobility impaired. Maintained by the Iowa DNR.
  • McIntosh Woods State Park
    1200 East Lake Street (Ventura)
    641-829-3847
    The park has a peninsula of land jutting out into the lake which includes an unsupervised beach which is popular for swimming. Maintained by the Iowa DNR.

Clear Lake Public Accesses

There are a number of public accesses (most with docks) to the lake. All docks at public accesses are public docks which are privately maintained and constructed. Please use them as a guest. Street signs appear at the entrance to each access.

  • 16th Avenue South & South Shore Drive
  • Behind 1513 South Shore Drive
  • 15th Avenue South
  • 14th Avenue South
  • 13th Avenue South
  • 8th Avenue South
  • 7th Avenue South
  • 6th Avenue South
  • 5th Avenue South
  • 12 docks are located on North Lakeview Drive (North of Sea Wall)
  • 5th Avenue North
  • Beach Drive
  • Mars Hill Drive
  • North 9th Street
  • Highland Drive

Indoor & Outdoor Pools

  • Clear Lake Aquatic Center
    1420 2nd Avenue South, Clear Lake
    641-357-2007
    The Clear Lake Aquatic Center includes a 7,800 square foot outdoor pool and bathhouse facility. It features zero depth entry, eight competition swimming lanes, floatables, geysers and spray fixtures, one and three-meter diving boards, a 42-inch open flume slide and a 32-inch closed tube slide. The pool is operated by the City's Parks & Recreation Department and is open Memorial Day through mid-August.
  • Boyer Pool
    Opportunity Village
    1200 N. 9th St. W., Clear Lake
    641-355-1240
    Opportunity Village operates a heated, indoor, Olympic-length pool, which is open to the general public. Pool proceeds go to support the Village's services for people with disabilities. The length is 25 yards, and the depth inclines from three feet on each end to five feet in the middle. Lap lanes are available. The pool is accessible with shallow stairs and an electric lift. Air and water temperature is kept at approximately 85 degrees for comfort. For therapy, exercise, or recreation, Boyer Pool offers a great year-round facility for the community and those served by Opportunity Village

    Public swimming hours:
  • Early morning lap swim from 6 to 7 a.m. weekdays
  • Open swimming from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday; and 7 to 9 p.m. weeknights (excluding Tuesday)
  • Aqua exercise classes weekday mornings and afternoons

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