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Swim Beach Safety
Swim Beach Safety
Beachgoers at Jackson Lake


Water Safety

Please keep in mind that there are no lifeguards at Colorado State Park beaches. Therefore, swimming is at your own risk. In case of an emergency, call 911 and locate park staff. Park rangers are trained in CPR and first aid. Accidents happen quickly; don't take unnecessary risks!​

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  • Most importantly, learn how to swim before visiting a swimming area. Wear a life jacket/personal floatation device (PDF)​ if you are not a strong swimmer, or you are getting tired. Some parks even lend out PFDs for free, through programs like North Sterling's Life Jacket ​Loaner Program​.​ Check with the park you are planning on visiting​ to see if they offer loaner PFDs.

  • Supervise children at all times: children age 12 or younger must have adult supervision at all times. 

  • Never swim alone: Experienced swimmers can tire and get muscle cramps too.

  • Swim in designated swimming areas: park staff have intentionally set aside the safest and best places for swimming. Please swim only in designated areas.

Other Risk Factors

A long day on the beach can be not only exhausting, but also risky! Keep these fact​​ors in mind to stay safe:

  • Sun exposure: wear sunscreen, and reapply every few hours and whenever you exit the water. Hats, cover up clothing, and beach umbrellas can also provide shade and help prevent overexposure.

  • Hot sand: bring along beach shoes for the whole family to avoid burned toes.

  • Heat stroke: drink plenty of water, and listen to your body! Take breaks in the shade to avoid overheating.

  • Dehydration: no matter the temperature, proper hydration is crucial to a safe day outdoors.

  • Water conditions: check with park staff​ to make sure the beach is open, as closures sometimes occur due to unsafe or poor water quality conditions. 

  • Weather: check the weather before you go and keep a close eye on lightning clouds and high winds.

  • Shallow waters: refrain from diving.

​Prohibited Items

Additionally, the following are prohibited:

  • Glass containers

  • Charcoal grills

  • Pets

  • Boats within the buoyed swim area

  • Alcohol: check with specific parks concerning alcohol regulations; some allow 3.2% while some do not permit alcohol at all.

These limitations are for the safety and enjoyment of our visitors, and they help us keep our beaches clean.