Lifeguarded Swimming Beaches
Lifeguards are on duty daily from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM June 28 - September 4. All beaches will have beach rules and lifeguard on duty signs will be posted when lifeguards are on duty.
Please note: Beaches are not open till 3pm on Sunday, 8/6/23 due to our annual Lifeguard Games.
Kirkland Parks Beach Rules(PDF, 161KB)
No Lifeguard On-Duty: If there is inclement weather, or the air temperature is under 65 degrees, lifeguards will not report to the beaches.
Beach Bacteria Testing: Beaches are tested weekly by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, if a beach tests high for bacteria, the beach will be closed, and there will be no lifeguards on duty. For testing information please visit green2.kingcounty.gov/swimbeach
Waterfront Swim Test: Children 12 and under at Houghton, Waverly, and Juanita Beaches are required to pass a waterfront swim test in order to swim beyond the shallow water buoy line. Testing is at the discretion of the lifeguard. If you need a waterfront swim test, please speak with any of the lifeguards on duty in the lifeguard office.
Kirkland Beaches Waterfront Swim Test(PDF, 641KB)
Lifejacket Loaner Station: All of our swimming beaches have lifejacket loaner stations at the lifeguard office. If a lifejacket is needed, please speak with any of the lifeguards on duty in the lifeguard office to check out a lifejacket.
Kirkland Beach Lifejacket Loaner Station(PDF, 598KB)
Camps and Groups: Groups larger than 15 are encouraged to contact the City of Kirkland 48 hours in advance of an intended visit. Please call 425-587-3333.
Hours and Locations of Beach Lifeguards
We have three guarded swimming beaches, Houghton Beach, Waverly Beach and Juanita Beach. All beaches have designated swim areas marked and all lifeguard offices offer a free lifejacket loaner program. All children 12 and under must pass an open water swim test before crossing the shallow water buoy line.
Houghton Beach Park
5811 Lake Washington Boulevard
Houghton Beach Swimming Area has a long pier and a large dock with good shallow areas for children.
Waverly Beach Park
633 Waverly Way
Waverly Beach has a swimming area completely enclosed by a "U" shaped sunbathing dock. This area offers a shallow water swimming area for smaller children, and a deeper water swimming area.
Juanita Beach Park
9703 NE Juanita Drive
Juanita Beach has a designated swimming area completely enclosed by a "U" shaped dock, with shallow beach and dock entry swimming areas.