Never swim alone! This is the first and most important rule when swimming. First, find a friend, and then find a safe swimming place.
The safest places to swim at Melvern Lake are at one of the three designated swimming beaches. Two are located on the main part of the lake, at Eisenhower State Park and at Coeur D'Alene Waterfront Day Use Area. One swimming beach is located below the dam, in the Outlet Park. Designated beaches are designed and constructed to eliminate hazards and underwater obstructions. These beaches have ample parking and toilet facilities. The Outlet Beach and Coeur D' Alene beaches have volleyball nets for beach users.
At Melvern Lake, day user fees are charged at both designated swimming beaches maintained by the Corps of Engineers. The fee for swimming is $5 per vehicle regardless of number in car load, $2.00 for a walk/bike-in, and children under 16 free. An annual non-transferable pass may be purchased at the Melvern Lake Information Center or park attendant booths (in season). The cost of the pass is $40.00. This pass is good at any Corps of Engineers day use facility nationwide. Golden Passport or America the Beautiful Cardholders now receive free day use if pass is displayed. The fee season for the Corps-managed swim beaches is May 15th through September 15th annually.
You are invited to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing afternoon swim at Melvern Lake. But, please, think about water safety as you are having fun in the sun.
Being water safe is a high priority for the Corps of Engineers and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.