The Beach at Eagle Creek Park is Open for Swimming

Eagle Creek Park Beach, located in Indianapolis, is the perfect summer spot to soak up the sun and enjoy the great outdoors. Visitors can swim in the lake, sunbathe on the sand, hike the trails, or indulge in watersports like kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day at the beach or an adventure in nature, Eagle Creek Park has something for everyone.

Swimming returns to Eagle Creek Park

Great news for beach lovers! After a temporary closure for the past few summers due to Covid-19 and lifeguard shortages, swimming is finally back at Eagle Creek Park. As the largest park in Indianapolis, this long-awaited return brings joy and excitement to those seeking a refreshing dip in the lake. So let the sun-kissed days at Indy’s beloved beach begin again!

swimming at eagle creek park beach

Beach Hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 11 am – 6 pm (OPEN July 4!)
Wednesday: 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm
Friday: 11 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm

*All hours are subject to change and weather dependent.
**The beach will be CLOSED the week of July 18 – July 23 for Masters Rowing Championships

How much is admission to Eagle Creek Park Beach? 

This year, entry to the beach is FREE with park admission! The park admission fees are as follows:

  • Marion County vehicle: $5
  • Non-Marion County vehicle: $6

Find all park and admission fees here. 

Eagle Creek Watersports

Eagle Creek Park offers a wide range of water activities for those who enjoy being on the water. At the Marina, you can rent various watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats, row boats, paddle boats, and paddle boards. To inquire about rentals, please contact 317.327.7130.

canoes, kayaks at eagle creek park beach

For those interested in rowing, the Indianapolis Rowing Center provides classes and programs for individuals of all experience levels. This includes adult and collegiate rowers, youth between the ages of 13 and 18, as well as underprivileged youth and physically disabled individuals. The boathouse is open from March to November, with classes typically running from April to October.

Visitors are also welcome to bring their personal boats to Eagle Creek Reservoir. However, there are a few guidelines to follow. Personal boats with a maximum horsepower of 10 are permitted, and there is a length restriction of 26 feet. If you plan to launch your boat using the car top launch, the admission fee is $3 in addition to the park admission. Additionally, small canoes and kayaks can be launched from the old boat ramp located at the back of the Earth Discovery Center parking lot. Please note that vehicles are not allowed in this area, and boats must be portaged down the ramp.

canoes, kayaks

Eagle Creek Summer Concert Series

Every Wednesday night from June to August, attendees can enjoy local folk or jazz tunes at the swimming beach of Eagle Creek Park. The Indy Parks concert series “In Concert with Nature” and “Jazz on the Point” kick off at 6:30 pm. Blankets and chairs are welcome, providing comfortable spots for guests to relax and enjoy the music. Since shaded areas are limited, it is advisable to bring along personal umbrellas for additional shade.

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2023 Eagle Creek Park Beach Summer Concert Series Schedule:

2023 Eagle Creek Park Beach Summer Concert Series Schedule:

In Concert with Nature

  • May 31 – Wayne Pennington
  • June 14 – The Half Step Sisters
  • June 28 – Hogeye Navvy
  • July 12 – Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Espirit Creole
  • July 26 – Emily Ann Thompson
  • August 9 – Sister Sinjin
  • August 23 – Katherine Nagy Trio

Jazz at the Beach

  • June 7 – Urban Renewal Big Band
  • June 21 – Ron Jones Quartet
  • July 5 – Premium Blend
  • August 2 – Erin Benedict
  • August 16 – Shawn McGowan
  • August 30 – Monika Herzig Acoustic Project

Indy Parks Summer Concert

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