Salisbury Beach State Reservation

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Coordinates: 42°49′35.4″N 70°49′2.8″W / 42.826500°N 70.817444°W / 42.826500; -70.817444
Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Massachusetts State Park
Salisbury Beach, Salisbury MA.jpg
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Essex
Town Salisbury
River Merrimack River
Elevation 10 ft (3 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°49′35.4″N 70°49′2.8″W / 42.826500°N 70.817444°W / 42.826500; -70.817444
Area 355 acres (144 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Salisbury Beach State Reservation is an oceanside Massachusetts state park located in the town of Salisbury and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.[3]

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Beaches: The park features a 3.8-mile-long (6.1 km) beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches and restrooms are handicapped-accessible.[3] Smaller, non-swimming beaches are found on the Merrimack River.[4]
  • Camping: The park's 484-site campground includes handicapped-accessible sites as well as RV hookups and dump station.
  • Boating: Motorized and non-motorized boating can be accessed from two boat ramps on the Merrimack River.
  • The park also offers showers, picnicking, a playground and pavilion, fishing, restricted hunting, a group day-use area, and educational programs.
  • Fees: In 2013, the park entrance fee was $9 a day for Massachusetts residents and $13 for visitors from out of state.

Wildlife[edit]

Notable wildlife includes harbor seals, which are often found on a jetty in the fall and winter.[3]

Birds that can be sighted include black ducks, green-winged teal, and great blue herons, along with pectoral, solitary, and least sandpipers. "White-winged and surf scoters can be seen flying low over open water or bobbing in loose flocks among the offshore waves."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salisbury Beach State Reservation". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing". Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Salisbury Beach State Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Salisbury Beach Visitor's Guide". Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Salisbury Beach State Reservation". Wildlife Viewing Areas. Watchable Wildlife, Inc. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 

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