About the Project
The City of Fishers acquired and began investing in a 70-acre waterfront property in 2018 at Geist Reservoir to develop a public, waterfront park, adding Fishers Parks' list of robust, vibrant, and diverse recreational facilities city-wide. The park serves as the only public parcels on the 1,900-acre reservoir, located at 10811 Olio Road, at approximately 111th Street and the east side of Olio Road.
Features of Geist Waterfront Park include a beach, playground, picnic shelters, walking trails, open green space, and a non-motorized boat launch for kayaks and paddle boards. Phase 1 construction finished in late 2022 for the park's opening in spring 2023. Geist Waterfront Park will be built in phases, with an anticipated full completion date of 2040.
Fishers residents will use their Fishers SmartPass to go through the gate and park. Non-residents will be required to purchase a parking pass 48 hours in advance of their visit due to limited parking on site.
Both residents and non-residents are welcome to walk or bike to the park, which does not require a SmartPass, parking pass, or any fee for entry.
Non-residents parking pass here:
Hours of Operation
Geist Waterfront Park will be open dawn to dusk for visitors to enjoy our playground, non-motorized boat launch, trails, and more.
In the off season (after Labor Day weekend), the park property will remain open dawn to dusk, but the swimming access is restricted. During the off season, there are no lifeguards on duty, and swimming is prohibited.
During Phase 1 construction of the Geist Waterfront Park property, a significant amount of work was done to develop the beach and cove for public and park use. In this process, we discovered three freshwater springs in the cove, which serve as a constant supply of fresh water. Additionally, the City has installed six industrial-sized aerators, positioned throughout the cove, to continually move water, which improves water quality. These can be seen next to the large, orange buoys in the water.
Before the beach opens annually, the Fishers Parks will complete water testing, followed by weekly testing through the summer season to ensure water is safe for all swimmers. Since the beginning, water quality has been a priority as we serve our residents and community.
Water Quality Alerts & What They Mean
The Fishers Health Department conducts regular testing of open waters in Fishers to monitor water quality levels, including water temperature, dissolved oxygen, and bacteria such as E. coli. For Geist Waterfront Park, Fishers Parks conducts regular testing specific to the beach area.
Bacteria, such as E. coli grow faster at higher temperatures. Higher temperatures combined with rain events and environmental factors can increase the pathogenic bacteria levels such as E. coli. Fishers has both urban and agricultural runoff inputs into the watershed which affects our water quality.
In the event of a failed water-quality test, swimming is prohibited for the day, and testing will be completed daily thereafter until the water tests as clean and safe.. Beach closures will be communicated via the Fishers Parks Twitter page.
How often are waterways tested?
Open waterways are tested monthly, with Geist Waterfront Park cove being testing weekly. Specific locations are listed on the Open Water Quality page.
What if I've been exposed to open water with unsatisfactory results?
Individuals should contact their health care provider. Make sure to ask the doctor to consider testing for E. coli. Let the doctor know when and where you suspect you were infected.
How can I find more information about the results of the testing in all open water areas?
For a full list of waterways and their results, click here.
Facility & Weather Updates
Our non-motorized boat launch is the perfect spot to launch your kayak, canoe, or paddle board! Our boat launch is not accessible by automobile. All non-motorized watercraft must be transported from your vehicle to our launch point on foot or with your own cart.
Don't have equipment? See above for kayak and stand-up paddle board rental options.
Open-Water Swimming for Triathletes
Geist Waterfront Park opens the cove past the swim lines from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, roughly Memorial Day through Labor Day, for triathletes to practice open-water swimming. All open-water swimmers will need to check in at the lifeguard tent.
Geist Waterfront Park is home to a large pirate ship-themed playground, as well as a variety of slides, swings, and other fun play equipment for kids of all ages to explore sand and water beachside! The playground is open during regular park hours.
Concessions and Restrooms
During our peak season (generally Memorial Day through Labor Day), concessions are available daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cash or card accepted.
Private restrooms line both sides of the concession building with infant changing tables and a handicap-accessible restroom with an adult-sized changing table.