Lake Days at Little Elm Beach Park

It’s places like Little Elm Beach Park that make me LOVE summer!  We spent a cloudy but beautiful day at the park, and while we mostly just floated and played in the water, there are plenty of activities!  

Located on the Northeast side of Lake Lewisville, the city beach park is FREE on weekdays, and $10/car on weekends, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The beach features soft, white sand, and is perfect for building a sand castle, playing catch, scrunching your toes in the sand or burying your little brother up to his neck.

The water in early July still had some nice cool spots in it. The sandy bottom is nice for walking out.


We enjoy taking floats out to the beach. I love my Big Joe noodle sling float from Sams Club!

Here’s A Tip! Pack a wagon to bring down a cooler (no glass or alcohol). There are grills you can reserve or use if open. You can also bring shade canopies but they must be erected 50 feet from the waterline.


The lake has a gradual slope out into deeper water, and as far as I could walk it was all sand!  No mud and because the beach appeared clean I didn’t wear water shoes.  My kids loved playing in the water.

I love big floats, but it was pretty windy and I didn’t want to take a chance with the floats blowing off into the lake, or my kids trying to chase them down.  If you’re bringing a float or tube, I’d suggest a weight or a leash to keep it attached to the swimmer!

It’s deep and there are plenty of boats bringing waves up on the beach, be sure and bring a life jacket, or borrow one of the park’s loaners!

There are no lifeguards on duty!


We didn’t stay after dark, but on our next visit I’m going to bring firewood for a fun fire after the sun goes down!  Don’t forget roasting sticks and marshmallows! The fire pits are for everyone to use, no reservations are accepted.


The park does rent out loungers and umbrellas (currently closed) on the beach, at $20/each.  You are welcome to bring your own chairs, umbrellas or pop-up shade, and ice chest (no glass).


There are 10 sand volleyball courts, so don’t forget your volleyball!!


The park also offered clean restrooms, and outdoor showers!


The Lighthouse Grill (currently closed) sells nachos, burgers, sandwiches, etc. and has a nice patio overlooking the lake.


Explore a little more of the lake with a kayak rental. DFW Surf has kayak and SUP Paddleboard Rentals. 


During a non-Covid Summer, the amphitheater often host concerts and movies in the park.


Just a short walk from the beach is this great playground! I love that it’s covered for hot days!


My kids loved these sit down ziplines, too!

If you have a boat, there is a nearby boat ramp.  It is $10/day to use the ramp. There is also have an ice machine at the boat ramp.

While you can’t drive your boat into the swim area, you can park on the areas adjacent to the beach.

The park allows camping on the opposite side of the park.  A permit is required, and there is a 4-day maximum.

Know Before You Go 

On Summer weekends and holidays, the parking lot fills up fast!  The city has fun, FREE shuttles that take you to an alternate parking area.  Arrive early.  Bring a little cash for a tip!

Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the swim area.

Suggested Packing List:



Water shoes


Sand Toys


life jackets for young/weak swimmers



Sun canopy or umbrella

Cooler with water and lunch

Grill items if planning to cook out.

More Things To Do in Little Elm


After a day at the beach, we headed just down the street to the Hula Hut, right on the water!  With a volcano and open patio to watch the fun at Hydrous Watersports, you’ve got to check it out!


Hydrous Wake Park is a fun wake park with Summer camps and a neat inflatable obstacle course on the water!

Little Elm Beach Park

701 W. Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm

Click HERE to visit their website.

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