Lake Gardner, MA


Lake Gardner

Town(s): Amesbury MA
County: Essex

Size: 80 acres
Average Depth: 10 feet
Maximum Depth: 17 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions, See Comments
Boating Comments: It should be noted that Jet-skis are strictly prohibited and the use of powerboats is limited to those who live on the lake.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Located off of High Street in Amesbury, Lake Gardner is a small lake with beach that is perfect for toddlers and smaller children. Parents can sit under trees and keep an eye on their children as they run around, confident that they can't run too far! The lake itself provides quite a few feet of wading-pool-deep water, also ideal for small children. The beach was recently reopened after undergoing improvements in drainage, landscaping, repair to fixed structures, and various safety issues. The Lake Gardner Improvement Association is now working on a plan to develop a formal drop area for canoes, kayaks, small sail craft, and other car top boats. For now, though, the beach is just for sunning, swimming and playing. The beach is open from dawn to dusk, year-round. Access is off of High Street, on an unnamed street located about a half-mile from downtown Amesbury. 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 trails of the Powow River Conservation Area. The eastern shore of Lake Garner is bordered by several parcels of land that interconnect. Some of these parcels had been public lands for years, while a few others have just recently been added. Together they are known as the Powow River Conservation Area. Through these open and wooded spaces a partially developed trail system intertwines the areas together. Lake Gardner Family Fun Day: Join in the fun! Sandcastle contest, home-made boat races, and sun safety at the Lake Gardner Beach recreation area. Visit for more info.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Abundant
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum)

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: Public access to the lake, with small boats, is obtained by launching canoes, kayaks, small sail craft, and other car top boats from the northern end of the Lake Gardner Beach Area.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: Route 495 to exit 54 (Route 150E), left on Greenleaf Street, right on Friend Street, left on Whitehall Road.
Shoreline Development: 25-50%