14 Swimming Spots With The Clearest, Most Pristine Water In Massachusetts

There’s nothing quite like gliding through crystal-clear water on a warm, sunny afternoon. These swimming spots across Massachusetts have the cleanest, most beautiful water around. Some places are so pristine that you’ll be able to look down and see your toes wriggling with delight. For more outstanding spots by the water, check out these amazing beaches in Massachusetts that are perfect for a day by the water. For now, here are our picks for some of the very best pristine swimming spots in Massachusetts:

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So, what do you think? Do you know of any other pristine swimming spots in Massachusetts that we didn’t cover? We’d love to hear your suggestions!

If you’re craving a little more New England beachy goodness, this article has some ideas for gorgeous beaches you ought to add to your bucket list.

Address: Old Phinney's Ln, Barnstable, MA 02630, USA
Address: Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Address: Amherst, MA 01002, USA
Address: Billingsgate Shoal, Massachusetts, USA
Address: Lake Mansfield, Great Barrington, MA 01230, USA
Address: 520 N W Main St, Douglas, MA 01516, USA
Address: 99 Thatcher Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Address: 219 Baldwinville State Rd, Winchendon, MA 01475, USA
Address: Upper Goose Pond, Massachusetts 01238, USA
Address: Morses Pond, Massachusetts, USA
Address: Ashfield, MA, USA
Address: Long Pond, Winchester, MA 01890, USA
Address: 37 Main St, Chatham, MA 02633, USA
Address: 23 Coast Guard Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657, USA
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Pristine Swimming Spots in Massachusetts

April 02, 2021

What are the best beaches in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts is home to several famous beaches, including, but not limited to, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and, of course, any beaches in Boston. However, there are plenty of beaches here that go criminally under-appreciated – ones tourists seem to forget about, and only the locals know of. For example, the north shore of Manchester By The Sea is a beautiful, quiet spot that has a singing beach. The “singing” is a natural phenomenon created in just-right conditions in which grains of sand rubbing one another produce a beautiful and somewhat eerie sound. Looking for more ideas? This list has plenty of little-known beaches in Massachusetts just waiting to be explored.

Are there any pristine lakes in Massachusetts?

Where to begin? Massachusetts is lucky to be a state with incredibly beautiful scenery, including several lakes that have some of the most gorgeous, clear water you’ve ever seen. Laurel Lake inside Erving State Forest is little-known, but the people who know about it love it for its clean and crisp water. Another spot, known as Long Pond, in Middlesex Fells, has water so clear you can see straight to the bottom on most of it. Take a boat out onto the water for the full experience. More ultra-clear favorites of ours include Lake Cochichewick, which is clean enough to serve as drinking water for nearby neighborhoods. That one is beautiful but, because it’s intended for eventual human consumption, there is no swimming permitted.

What are the best swimming holes in Massachusetts?

There are tons of excellent swimming spots peppered all over New England, so it’s pretty tough to narrow it down to just a few “bests”. Some of our favorites include Upper Goose Pond, in Lee, which has refreshingly cool water all summer and is little-known enough for you to have a decent shot at being all by yourself out there, depending on when you decide to visit. Another is Chapel Brook Falls, in Ashfield, which has several pools of varying depths, and a few waterfalls for your admiration too. There’s just something about waterfalls that makes a swimming hole extra-special, we think. Finally, Lake Mansfield is another swimming spot that is simply pure perfection. The water is cold, clear, and refreshing all throughout the warmer months.

Address: Old Phinney's Ln, Barnstable, MA 02630, USA
Address: Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Address: Amherst, MA 01002, USA
Address: Billingsgate Shoal, Massachusetts, USA
Address: Lake Mansfield, Great Barrington, MA 01230, USA
Address: 520 N W Main St, Douglas, MA 01516, USA
Address: 99 Thatcher Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Address: 219 Baldwinville State Rd, Winchendon, MA 01475, USA
Address: Upper Goose Pond, Massachusetts 01238, USA
Address: Morses Pond, Massachusetts, USA
Address: Ashfield, MA, USA
Address: Long Pond, Winchester, MA 01890, USA
Address: 37 Main St, Chatham, MA 02633, USA
Address: 23 Coast Guard Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657, USA