DCR manages over 50 inland beaches within the Commonwealth's State Park system. Most DCR swimming beaches are open to the public between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  During that time DCR offers access to parking, restroom facilities and regular water quality testing.  Many DCR beaches also offer lifeguard services.  After Labor Day and before Memorial Day, DCR does not conduct regular water quality testing or guarantee other beach services.

Floatation Devices

DCR allows the use of ONLY U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices at it's public swimming ocean, inland beaches and pools.  The tag inside the flotation device must say U.S. Coast Guard approved.   The user of the approved flotation device must be accompanied by a capable swimmer.  Inflatable devices are not allowed.   

Although U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices are allowed, DCR asks that parents or guardians always keep a close watch on their children when in any amount of water. In certain conditions such as strong currents flotation devices may not be allowed by the Lifeguard staff. If you have any questions please check with the Lifeguard on duty.   

Inflatable Swimmies are not US Coast Guard approved and therefore not allowed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Boston Region

Shannon Beach: Mystic River ReservationWinchester

South Region

Houghton's PondMilton
Myles Standish State ForestCarver
Nickerson State Park(unguarded) Brewster
Watson Pond State ParkTaunton

North Region

Ashland State ParkAshland
John A.W. Pearce Lake: Breakheart ReservationSaugus
Cochituate State ParkNatick
Harold Parker State Forest  beach closed 2012N. Andover
Hopkinton State ParkHopkinton
Walden Pond State ReservationConcord

Central Region

Douglas State ForestDouglas
Leominster State ForestWestminster
Rutland State ParkRutland
Dean PondBrimfield
Dunn Pond State ParkGardner
Erving State ForestErving
Lake Dennison Recreation AreaWinchendon
Lake Wyola State ParkShutesbury
Otter River State ForestBaldwinville
Pearl Hill State Park (unguarded) W. Townsend
Quinsigamond State ParkWorcester
Streeter Point Recreation Area (unguarded) Sturbridge
Wendell State Forest (unguarded) Wendell
Willard Brook State Forest (unguarded) Ashby & Townsend

West Region

Beartown State Forest (unguarded) Monterey
Chicopee Memorial State ParkChicopee Falls
Clarksburg State Park (beach closed 2014) Clarksburg
D.A.R. State ForestGoshen
Hampton Ponds State ParkWestfield
Lake Lorraine State Park   beach closed 2012Springfield
Mohawk Trail State Forest (unguarded) Charlemont
Robinson State ParkAgawam
Sandisfield State Forest (York Lake) (unguarded) Sandisfield
Savoy Mountain State Forest (unguarded) Savoy
Tolland State ForestOtis
Windsor State Forest  beach closed 2012Windsor