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Our Beaches

Nahant has many beaches that offer year round opportunities for young and old. Here's a list, some are named more than once...can you guess which ones?

Long Beach... Black Rock Beach... Short Beach... Stoney Beach... Forty Steps Beach... Bass Beach... Canoe Beach... Petticoat Beach... Thomas Beach... Joseph's Beach... Longfellow Beach... Curlew Beach... Crystal Beach... Willow Beach... Tudor Beach...Pond Beach

New Flood Insurance Rate Map | August 2013
The latest FEMA Nahant FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) is available below. FEMA's August 1, 2013 letter to the Nahant Board of Selectmen is also available for reference below.

The Nahant FIRM is also available to view on FEMA's website. Click here to view it online.

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Flood Insurance Rate Map Archive | August 2013
2 MB FEMA Letter To Nahant Selectman
12 MB FEMA Nahant (FIRM) Map
Flood Insurance Rate Map Archive | April 2012
7 MB Nahant Coastline Overview
8 MB Nahant Rotary Area
6 MB Nahant Causeway Area
4 MB Nahant West Side Area
5 MB Nahant East Point Area
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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.

Local boards of health (LBH) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) conduct the vast majority of beach water sampling in Massachusetts. Most of the samples are analyzed at private labs, while some are analyzed at municipal facilities.

In 2000, the U.S. Congress enacted the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act to improve the quality of coastal recreational waters. The BEACH Act seeks to reduce the risk of disease to users of the Nation's marine recreational waters through the identification of high-risk beaches, identification and mitigation of sources of pollution, and notification/risk communication to the public. In late 2001, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) was awarded funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) that partially support Departmental efforts to develop a bathing beaches inventory and communicate results of beach monitoring to the general public.

How To Access The Latest Test Data:
STEP 1: Click Below To Access The DCR Website

Select Nahant From The Menu. Then select from the Nahant Beach options.

Town of Nahant Beaches Tested | Click For Direct Links
Black Rock | Canoe | Forty Steps | Short | Tudor

Nahant Beach Reservation (DCR) 
North of Bathhouse
 | Flagpole | Parking Section 9 | South Site 

Lynn & Nahant Beach Reservation
May 2014

Please note, the Lynn & Nahant Beach Reservation is currently closed for restoration.

Lynn Shore & Nahant Beach Reservation
- Stacey Jeffrey | Email Address
- (781) 485-2803 ext. 100
- Main Information Webpage

Planning a Wedding at a DCR State Park

DCR welcomes simple, small wedding ceremonies at many state parks and larger wedding celebrations at a limited number of parks.  

If you interested in holding a wedding at a particular state park, contact the park’s staff to see if weddings are allowed, to check availability on the date, and to obtain direction on completing any required permits. Fees may apply. For a list of state parks, linking to contact information for each park click here.

Wedding Photos and Videos: Taking photos and videos during a permitted wedding ceremony does not require a separate permit.  Taking wedding photography and videos in a state park for a non-permitted wedding requires a DCR Film and Photography Permit.

Popular DCR Locations for Wedding Ceremony:

  • Borderland State Park
  • Phone: 508-238-6566
  • Email Address  
  • Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation
  • Phone: 413-586- 8706, ext. 12 (or 413-665-2928 after May 15)
  • Email Address 
  • Maudslay State Park
  • Phone:  978-465-7223
  • Email Address
  • The Maudslay Arts Center at DCR’s Maudslay State Park in Newburyport is a private venue. Call them directly at 978-857-0677.
  • Willowdale Estate is a private wedding venue located on the grounds of DCR’s Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield.  You must call them directly at 978-887-8211 to plan a wedding.

Currently, no weddings are being permitted at the Summit House at DCR’s Joseph A. Skinner State Park in South Hadley, as it is closed for porch repairs and accessibility improvements. For information on events at Skinner State Park, call Mt. Holyoke Range State Park staff at
413-586-0350; Email Address

DCR’s Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord does not allow any weddings between Memorial Day in May and Columbus Day in October, due to high recreational use during that time.  For more information, call  staff at 978-369-3254; Email Address

Short Beach Project Draft | April 2012

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20 MB Short Beach Project Draft

NLSS Site Plan Draft | 2011

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18 MB NLSS Site Plan Draft

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