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.

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.


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.

Lake Gardner Beach on a beautiful summer day.

Beach Rules

  • There are no lifeguards, swim at your own risk

  • Dogs are not allowed on the beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day, per the Amesbury Health Department

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times on the trails, and on the beach in the off-season

  • No fires or grill use at any time, per the Amesbury Fire Department

  • Jet skis are prohibited, motorized boats may only be used by those who live on the Lake

  • Please swim within the buoys

  • Groups of 10 or more MUST submit a permit application for use of Lake Gardner beach.
    Groups of 25+ must provide their own lifeguard. You can find the Lake Gardner Permit Application
    HERE.

Beach Information

Access: Open to Amesbury residents and visitors.

Getting there: Driveway is at 79 High Street

Parking: Large lot provides ample parking.

Town Services:

Sanitary facilities are provided by the City, cleaned daily but open seasonally from May 15 to October 15.

During the summer season, beach monitor is on duty most days, enforcing beach expectations and monitoring parking.

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