The Lake Gardner Association Welcomes you!
The parking lot and beach will be unavailable until next May to allow for work to be done on the facility.
The High Street entrance will be closed, but the trails, however, WILL be accessible for walking and recreation from the Orchard Street entrance, and from both Battis and Batchelder parks.
Please note the restrictions in place on neighboring streets and use the municipal lots downtown for parking.
The beach, lake and trails are City of Amesbury property.
Please be aware that sanitary facilities are provided by the City, cleaned daily but open seasonally from May 15 to October 15.
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.
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