Welcome to Lake Gardner  Amesbury, MA

The Lake Gardner Improvement Association is a group of Amesbury residents advocating for Lake Gardner, its beach, and the surrounding Powow Conservation Area. We also provide essential services such as water testing, and organize community activities on the lake and beach.  Please note that this facility is owned and managed by the City of Amesbury. Any questions regarding closure or hours of operation need to be directed to the Mayor's Office: Phone: (978) 388-8121
Address: Mayor's Office, 62 Friend St Amesbury, MA 01913
On this website, you'll find up-to-date information about the association.  It's also a resource for information about the lake, beach, and conservation area.  
Visit our Beach page for information on the stabilization and revitalization project of 2019/2020 More


Lake Water Temperature:

Lake Gardner interrupts a river, so water temps tend to run cooler than a static lake. June typically brings comfortable temps, and by July it is typically around 70-80 degrees. 

In the winter, the lake will freeze, but please treat the ice with caution. Local first responders never consider it to be entirely safe. The warmer than usual temps coupled with warm rain have undoubtedly contributed to questionable ice conditions. Remember, the center of the lake is a channel of moving water, where the PowowRiver passes through it.


Latest News

  • Help with the Open Space and Recreation Survey Amesbury is updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan and we'd like to hear from you! Please help us create the city's road map for improving and protecting ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2020, 6:31 PM by Bruce Mcbrien
  • Improving our Beach and Recreation Area The Lake Gardner Association continues to be very concerned about the current condition of the beach and will continue to work with the City to address the issues and restore ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2020, 12:23 PM by Bruce Mcbrien
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Lake Gardner swim area on a beautiful evening.


Where the birch canoe had glided

    Down the swift Powow

Dark and gloomy bridges strided 

    Those clear waters now;

And where once the beaver swam

Jarred the wheel and frowned the dam.

   -excerpt from "The Fountain" by John Greenleaf Whittier