The Lake Gardner Association Welcomes you!
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 organize community activities on the lake, the beach and the trails of Powow Hill.
Thank you to Flatbread Company for their support!
Look for our upcoming June Community Bake!
Thank you for joining us for a great night!
Join us to share your love for our beach, lake and trails! We hope to see you there :)
Work continues, but the parking lot and beach will be unavailable at times until next May to allow for work to be done on the facility.
The High Street entrance may be occasionally closed, however if open please use caution as this is an active construction area.
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 and open seasonally from May 15 to October 15.
There are no lifeguards; swim at your own risk
There is no smoking anywhere in the facility
Dogs are not allowed in the water during the summer months per Board of Health
Grills or fires of any type are prohibited per Amesbury Fire Department
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.
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
CLICK HERE for the latest bacteria test results.
Visit the City Website HERE for additional information.
Physical Address: 79 High Street, Amesbury
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