Summer may be here officially, but we all know that Twin Ports Summers come a little later than everyone else, but rest assured that sooner or later we'll be able to visit the great places to swim in the Twin Ports, see our top 5 after the jump.

Pike Lake

This beautiful Lake is located North of Duluth in Canosia Township, and is also accessible by the Midway Road. The water in Pike Lake is most comfortable for swimming by mid-summer.

Wisconsin Point

For those of you in Superior check out the Wisconsin equivalent of Park Point, Wisconsin Point.  It, along with Minnesota Point, reportedly makes up the largest freshwater sandbar in the world. 203 acres with 2 3/4 miles of beach Bird watching, hiking, beach use, and duck hunting Watchable Wildlife area Historical marker for a sacred Chippewa burial ground Superior entry lighthouse.

Island Lake

If you live in Duluth and are looking for water a little warmer then Lake Superior this is a great place to go.  If you do not own property on the lake, you have 2 options;   1) the Boat launch which is great because you have easy access into the water, but you do have to deal with boats and jet skis coming in and out, they also have a dock for you and the kids to jump off  of.  2) The picnic area, this is great for having a bite to eat, walk the dog and for the kids to run around.  If you head down the steps there is a small beach area and more steps down to the water. We were just at Island Lake last weekend and the water level was pretty high so not that big of a jump into the water, but water shoes are not a bad idea.

Pinehurst Park

The Beach at Pinehurst is located just off of Highway 33 and Carlton Ave. in Cloquet, MN.
Just 20 minutes from Duluth:  Take I-35 south and Cloquet (exit 237) is approximately 17 miles.

Pinheurst Park is a great place to go for a swim with filtered, chlorinated water And a sand bottom. The clean cool water is refreshing on a hot summer day. Sunbathers and children will love the sand…it’s like a trip to the beach! The zero entry is great for the little ones, Swim lanes and a 6 foot center depth –for swimmers of all levels.  Daily admissions are collected at the door. Admission to the swim beach is $3 per day/per person. Season passes are also available.

Park Point Beach

Locals and Tourists alike flock to Park Point every summer, and some lucky folks call Park Point Home. A quick trip across the Aerial lift bridge and you are on Park Point. There are a few different entry points to the beaches including The Beach House. With mini sand dunes, miles of beach and great view of downtown Duluth makes this an amazing place to set up the chairs or towels and enjoy a great day at the beach. Of course there are some who struggle to brave the cold waters of Lake Superior……but I think it is refreshing on a Hot summer day.