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Willow Beach, just east of where Willow Creek empties into Lake Mendota, has long been a popular place for swimming and beach lounging.
Please note: The university does not provide lifeguards at Preserve beach areas and water quality is not monitored. Swim at your own risk.
Public Health Madison and Dane County can tell you if Spring Harbor or Memorial Union beaches are open and safe for swimming. Visit their web site at http://www.publichealthmdc.com/environmental/water/beaches/.