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NORTH ANDOVER, MA - MAY 3: The American Legion Beach at Stevens Pond posts a sign noting that it is closed on May 3, 2020 in North Andover, MA. The pond is the town's one municipal beach. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

It’s officially summer which usually means, extensive trips to area beaches. Beaches are what keep us refreshed, relaxed and cooled off. We have hundreds of beaches in and around New England and some of the best in the country right here in Massachusetts. If you’re planning on taking a trip to an area beach anytime soon, you should be aware of unusually high bacteria being found in some of them. Many of these beaches have been closed and are awaiting word of when they can reopen.

The reason for the closing has been listed as “high levels of bacteria.” So what does this really mean? Well, as nasty as it is to think about, human waste is one of those reasons. According to Clean Water Action state co-director Maureo Fernandez Y Mora “When it rains the sewage overflows back up and then we get sewage running into water sources.” The way these elevated levels of bacteria can be treated is by applying algicide and herbicide to the water.

When water quality is deemed “unsafe,” there must be a sign posted letting people know. When swimming in water that is deemed “unsafe,” several things can happen. You can get a fever, chills, diarrhea, vomiting and several other health issues. So swimming in these beaches while the bacteria is elevated is not safe and you should avoid at all costs. As to when these beaches will reopen, that has yet to be determined. You are prompted to keep checking your local town websites before taking any trip to area beaches. It would be a shame to pack up the car, cooler, kids etc. only to find out your favorite beach is closed. At last glance, these following beaches have been closed due to high bacteria levels. Keep checking back for updates daily.

  • Beverly (several beaches)

    Brackenbury, Dane Street, Mingo, Obear Park, Woodbury

    6 Beverly Beaches Closed To Swimming For High Bacteria Levels

    6 Beverly Beaches Closed To Swimming For High Bacteria Levels - Beverly, MA - The beaches will be closed at least through the weekend as the North Shore experiences its first extended hot spell of the season.

  • Boston (4 beaches)

    Tanean, Savin Hill, Malibu and Constitution Beach

  • Chatham

    Bucks Creek is located in Chatham’s south coast.

    Bucks Creek Posted No Swimming

    Effective immediately, and until further notice, Buck's Creek is posted "No Swimming" due to elevated Enterococcus bacteria levels

  • Dennis (two beaches)

    Clipper Lane and Follins Pond

    Beach Department

    Dennis combines its traditional New England heritage with modern day conveniences. The villages of East Dennis, Dennis and South Dennis feature scenic historic districts hailing back to whaling days, while tranquil tree-lined streets meander through Dennis Port and West Dennis.

  • Duxbury (two beaches)

    Landing Road and West End. Here is the town page with the latest updates:


    Duxbury Massachusetts is located on Cape Cod Bay, 35 miles south of Boston on the South Shore. Our historic town is renowned for its cranberry bogs, oyster beds, and shipbuilding era homes. Duxbury offers excellent educational opportunities, recreational activities, and town services.

  • Falmouth

    Old Silver – Public Beach North. Keep checking the following site for the latest updates

    Beach Dept.

    The Beach Department is responsible for maintaining and staffing 10 beaches in Falmouth, as well as selling resident and non-resident beach stickers.

  • Hingham (two beaches)

    Martin’s Cove, North Beach. Keep checking the town page for the latest information.

    Trustees of the Bathing Beach

    Learn about the Trustees of the Bathing Beach, the entity responsible for the Bathing Beach.

  • Lynn (two beaches)

    Kings Beach, Lynn Beach

    Environmental - Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach

    Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach is a non-profit environmental organization that works closely with the Massachusetts Department.

  • Marshfield

    Green Harbor. Here is the website with the latest information

    Green Harbor Beach No Longer Posted


  • Nahant (two beaches)

    Black Rock and Nahant Beach. This site has the latest information on beach water testing in Nahant.

    DCR Beach Water Testing

    Recreational use of water with microbial contamination can pose health risks to swimmers and others. As a result, beach water quality is regulated to protect public health. In Massachusetts, bathing beach water quality is regulated by M.G.L. C.111 and other regulations to establish minimum standards for bathing beaches.

  • Quincy (3 beaches)

    Chikatawbot, Germantown Firestation, Wollaston Beach. The city of Quincy site will have the latest information on closures. 

    Park Division

    Quincy Beaches The City of Quincy boasts 27 miles of shoreline and numerous municipal beaches as well as many other private, neighborhood beaches. The Park Department and the Department of Public Works share responsibilities in maintaining our beaches. Avalon Beach Avalon Beach is a long narrow beach located on Avalon Road in Quincy Point.

  • Revere (two beaches)

    Revere Beach, Short Beach. This site will have the latest on Revere beach closures

    Revere Beach Reservation

    Located just North of Boston, Revere Beach was the first public beach established in the United States. Visitors can walk Revere Boulevard, which runs parallel to the beach. The T's Blue Line offers service between Revere Beach and downtown Boston, too.

  • Salem (3 beaches)

    Ocean Avenue, Steps and Willow Avenue. Here is the latest information on Salem beaches.

    Outdoor Activities In Salem, MA | Walking Trails, Beaches & Parks

    Plan a day of outdoor activities in Salem. Take a walk through the Salem Woods, or visit one of the beautiful beaches on Salem's nautical coast.

  • Swampscott

    Kings Beach. Here is the latest information on Swampscott beaches.

    Swampscott Beaches

    BeachAddressInformationEiseman's Beach / New Ocean House BeachPuritan RoadSwimming, guarded area by a lifeguard at Eismans 7 days a week late June to mid August 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.resident parking off Humphrey St, sticker requiredFisherman's BeachHumphrey StreetBoating & swimming, lifeguard on duty week

  • Tisbury

    Hilman’s Point here is the latest information¬†

    Hillman's Point | Swim Guide

    This beach is part of the Hillman's Point Preserve, a Martha's Vineyard Land Bank-owned property. The water of Lake Tashmoo is usually calm so it is a n...

  • Wareham (two beaches)

    Forbes and Swifts

    Beaches in Wareham closed due to bacteria

    Five beaches in Wareham, Massachusetts, are closed after testing found high levels of bacteria in the water, the town's Health Department said Thursday. Briarwood, Forbes, Point Independence, Swifts, and Pinehurst are closed to swimming until further notice. The Wareham Board of Health and Barnstable County Lab are monitoring the situation.

  • Winthrop (four beaches)

    Donovans, Halford, Pico, Winthrop beach (keep checking the following site for the latest)

    Donovan's beach is currently closed.

    Donovans Beach is currently closed due to high test results.All other beaches are open.The Town of Winthrop conducts wee

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