The Beach

Tucked away, yet convenient to downtown Amesbury, Lake Gardner beach is busy most summer days with sunbathers, swimmers, and boaters. During the summer, the town provides facilities and lifeguards.

This is a City facility, managed by the Department of Public Works. Lifeguards are provided by the Department of Youth Services.

The Lake Gardner Association has nothing to do with the management or operation of Lake Gardner Beach.

Our beach is a no-smoking facility.

Please remember that this is a family beach and behave accordingly.

We love dogs too, but they must not be on the beach during the summer season per the Amesbury Health Department. There are other locations in the area, including Battis and Woodsom Farms, where you can take your dog for a swim.

Please, no fires or grilles may be used at any time per the Amesbury Board of Health and the Amesbury Fire Department.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, beach attendance must be strictly managed through Beach Health Monitors.

Guests must maintain 12 feet between groups, which severely limits possible attendance.

We invite you to visit but please be respectful of both the space and other guests. Thank you.

We are always looking for new ideas and feedback and we encourage anyone interested to email us.

Lifeguards are not present.

Swim at your own risk.

Lake Gardner Beach on a beautiful summer day.

Beach Information

Access: Open to Amesbury residents and visitors.

Getting there: Driveway is at 79 High Street

Parking: Large lot provides ample parking, but due to COVID-19 is currently limited.

Swimming: Allowed inside of swim area only (strictly enforced.) See below for details.

Dogs: Please know that dogs are not allowed during the summer swimming season per the Health Department.

Fires: Fires and grilles are prohibited by the Board of Health and the Amesbury Fire Department

Town Services:

Sanitary facilities are provided by the City, cleaned daily

A beach monitor is on duty most days, enforcing beach expectations and monitoring parking.

Lifeguards not on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Fishing/Canoe/Kayak Launch: Allowed outside of swim area. More Info.

The Lake Gardner Beach Area is accessed by car from an entrance on High Street. Pedestrians can also enter on the foot trails at the northern end of the beach area, where there is a narrow strip of land that links the Beach to the to trails of the Powow River Conservation Area.

Public access to the lake is only available when the facility itself is open.

Cartop boats, such as canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, small sail craft, may be launched from the northern end of the Lake Gardner Beach Area.

It should be noted that Jet-skis are strictly prohibited and the use of powerboats is limited to those who live on the lake.