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 Reservation Winchester

South Region

Houghton's Pond Milton
Myles Standish State Forest Carver
Nickerson State Park (unguarded) Brewster
Watson Pond State Park Taunton

North Region

Ashland State Park Ashland
John A.W. Pearce Lake: Breakheart Reservation Saugus
Cochituate State Park Natick
Harold Parker State Forest   beach closed 2012N. Andover
Hopkinton State Park Hopkinton
Walden Pond State Reservation Concord

Central Region

Douglas State Forest Douglas
Leominster State Forest Westminster
Rutland State Park Rutland
Dean Pond Brimfield
Dunn Pond State Park Gardner
Erving State Forest Erving
Lake Dennison Recreation Area Winchendon
Lake Wyola State Park Shutesbury
Otter River State Forest Baldwinville
Pearl Hill State Park (unguarded) W. Townsend
Quinsigamond State Park Worcester
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 Park Chicopee Falls
Clarksburg State Park (beach closed 2014) Clarksburg
D.A.R. State Forest Goshen
Hampton Ponds State Park Westfield
Lake Lorraine State Park   beach closed 2012Springfield
Mohawk Trail State Forest (unguarded) Charlemont
Robinson State Park Agawam
Sandisfield State Forest (York Lake) (unguarded) Sandisfield
Savoy Mountain State Forest (unguarded) Savoy
Tolland State Forest Otis
Windsor State Forest   beach closed 2012Windsor