Peterson Park

Swimming at Peterson Park

Swimming is allowed at West Peterson Park in the designated swimming area only. Swimming is at your own risk - no lifeguard is on duty.  Children must be supervised at all times.

Swimming Beach Rules and Regulations. 

A.  Users of the beach facility at West Peterson Park are subject to the following rules and regulations.    

    1.)  The beach area is closed and swimming is prohibited from sunset to sunrise.          

    2.)  Swimming is allowed inside the roped area only when the beach is open.   

    3.)  Certified divers or athletes training for long distance swimming may be allowed outside of the roped area by permit from the director or an authorized representative.   


B.  The following are prohibited at the beach area:

    1.)  Hanging from or attaching people or items to buoys.

    2.)  Using abusive language.         

    3.)  Using glass containers.         

    4.)  Amplification greater than 75 decibels.         

    5.)  Using external speakers from the parking lot.         

    6.)  Dunking people.         

    7.)  Throwing foreign objects, i.e. rocks, sand.         

    8.)  Standing on inflatable beach items in the water.         

    9.)  Fishing and boating from the beach or in the beach area.         

    10.) Using paddles or oars from inflatable beach items.                       

    11.) Pets.         


No alcohol is allowed at Peterson Park.


55310 180th Street, Ames, IA  50010


Park hours are 5:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily. 

Swimming is allowed from sunrise to sunset.


Swimming is prohibited from sunset to sunrise.