The Lake Gardner Association Welcomes you!
This facility is owned and managed by the City of Amesbury.
Any questions regarding closure or hours of operation should be directed to the Amesbury Recreation Office.
Phone: (978) 388-8137
Address: Amesbury Recreation, 68 Elm Street, Amesbury, MA 01913
On this website, you'll find information about the association.
It is also a resource for information about the lake, beach, and conservation area.
Click here for information on the stabilization and revitalization project of 2019/2021
Lake Gardner, created by the construction of a mill dam in 1872, is part of the beautiful Powow River. The expanse of typically still water provides a wonderful opportunity for relaxing paddling. No motorized watercraft are allowed at this facility.
The small public beach is open from dawn to dusk.
Swim at your own risk.
June typically brings comfortable water temps in the 60s, 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.
A quiet paddle in the cove.....
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