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Beach Sample Results

Barnstable County Beach Monitoring Pass/Fail Results 2021

Barnstable County’s samplers officially began sampling beaches and analyzing the samples for fecal bacteria levels in the laboratory on Monday, June 7. Sampling occurs Monday through Thursday and results are posted daily. For more information regarding our program, testing methodologies, closure policies and more, please visit our frequently asked questions page.

Beaches are sampled weekly, with the exception of any beaches that have received a variance from the state to be sampled monthly. Those beaches are specified for each town. Simply choose a town below to view the latest sampling dates and results.

Looking for information about cyanobacteria (also known as Harmful Algae Blooms or HABs)? Visit the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) website to view their interactive cyanobacteria monitoring map.

Summary of Exceedances Cape Wide

This list will be updated regularly with any beaches throughout Barnstable County that exceed the allowable limit for fecal bacteria as determined by Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations 105 CMR 445.000. It is important to note that beaches are only posted and closed to swimming if two consecutive bacterial exceedances occur. If a re-test is collected and passes, the beach will remain open to swimming. If a re-test is collected and fails, the beach will be closed to swimming and appropriate signage will be posted.

A beach may also be required to close due to an exceedance of the geometric mean limit set by the State. This type of closure is based on a running average of the last five test results. As of the final sample collected by the Bathing Beach Program for the 2021 season, Trunk River East of the Bike Path in Falmouth was experiencing closure due to geometric mean exceedance.
TownBeach NameMarine or FreshDate of Initial ExceedanceDate of Re-testRe-test Pass/FailRe-test Pass/Fail        
FalmouthEast of Bike Path (Trunk River)Marine8/24/21**FAILED**8/25/21 RE-TEST FAILED-Beach is closed to swimming.8/26/21 GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.8/27/21 GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.8/30/21 GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.8/31/21 GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.9/1/21 GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.
BarnstableKalmus (Ocean)Marine8/30/21**FAILED**8/31/21 RE-TEST PASSED.
Provincetown451 Commercial St.Marine8/30/21**FAILED**
ChathamOyster PondMarine8/31/21**FAILED**9/1/21 RE-TEST PASSED.
DennisSullivan (Depot St)Marine9/1/21**FAILED**9/2/21 RE-TEST PASSED.

Barnstable Beach Monitoring Results 2021

*CYANOBACTERIA ALERT!

While the County does not conduct cyanobacteria monitoring, we work closely with the towns to stay abreast of any closures pertaining to cyanobacteria, also knows as “harmful algae blooms”. Currently, for the town of Barnstable, Lovell’s Pond is at an advisory level due to cyanobacteria.

While the samples that Barnstable County collects at these sites are currently passing for fecal bacteria levels, there are still potentially harmful counts of cyanobacteria. This can pose a danger to swimmers and dogs. Please heed the signs at these locations and keep yourself and your pets safe.
Beach NameMarine or FreshMonitoring Schedule8/30/218/31/21
Covells MarineWeeklyPASS
CraigvilleMarineWeeklyPASS
Cross StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
DowsesMarineWeeklyPASS
Eugenia FortesMarineWeeklyPASS
Hamblin PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Hathaway PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Joshua’s PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Kalmus (Ocean)MarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSED
Kalmus (Yacht)MarineWeeklyPASS
Keyes MarineWeeklyPASS
LoopMarineWeeklyPASS
Lovells PondFreshWeeklyCyanobacteria Advisory. Please see Town of Barnstable Website for updated status.
Middle PondFreshWeeklyPASS
MillwayMarineWeeklyPASS
Ropes MarineWeeklyPASS
Sandy NeckMarineWeeklyPASS
Veterans/Kennedy MarineWeeklyPASS
Wequaquet Town BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
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Bourne Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Some of Bourne’s beaches are “varianced”. This means that due to two or more years of clean sampling data, the state of Massachusetts has allowed monitoring to decrease from weekly to monthly. This status is re-evaluated in the event that an exceedance occurs during routine monthly sampling. NOTE: White space indicates that a sample was not taken.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/25/218/31/21
Barlows LandingMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Cataumet HarborMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Patiusset MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Gilder Road MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Electric AvenueMarineMonthlyPASS
Monument MarineMonthlyPASS
Sagamore MarineMonthlyPASS
Picture LakeFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Queen SewellFreshWeeklyPASSPASS

Brewster Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Beach NameFresh or MarineSampling Schedule8/31/21
Crosby LandingMarineWeeklyPASS
Breakwater BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
MantsMarineWeeklyPASS
Paines CreekMarineWeeklyPASS
Point of RocksMarineWeeklyPASS
Ellis LandingMarineWeeklyPASS
Linnell LandingMarineWeeklyPASS
Saints LandingMarineWeeklyPASS
Slough PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Upper Mill PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Long PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Sheep PondFreshWeeklyPASS

Chatham Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/31/219/1/21
Oyster PondMarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSED
Hardings Beach EastMarineWeeklyPASS
Hardings Beach WestMarineWeeklyPASS
Ridgevale BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Bucks Creek (Ridgevale)MarineWeeklyPASS
Cockle Cove BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Forest RoadMarineWeeklyPASS
Pleasant StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
Jacknife HarborMarineWeeklyPASS
Lighthouse BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Andrew Hardings LaneMarineWeeklyPASS
Schoolhouse PondFreshWeeklyPASS
White Pond Town LandingFreshWeeklyPASS
Goose PondFreshWeeklyPASS

Beach NameFresh or MarineSampling Schedule9/1/219/2/21
BayviewMarineWeeklyPASS
Chapin MemorialMarineWeeklyPASS
Cold StorageMarineWeeklyPASS
CorporationMarineWeeklyPASS
Follins PondMarineWeeklyPASS
Glendon Road EastMarineWeeklyPASS
Glendon Road WestMarineWeeklyPASS
HaigisMarineWeeklyPASS
HarborviewMarineWeeklyPASS
Howes StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
Inman RoadMarineWeeklyPASS
MayflowerMarineWeeklyPASS
RaycroftMarineWeeklyPASS
Sea Street (Dennisport)MarineWeeklyPASS
Sea Street (E. Dennis)MarineWeeklyPASS
South VillageMarineWeeklyPASS
Sullivan (Depot Street)MarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSED
Trotting ParkMarineWeeklyPASS
West Dennis (Resident)MarineWeeklyPASS
West Dennis (Snack Bar)MarineWeeklyPASS
West Dennis (West)MarineWeeklyPASS
Clipper LaneMarineWeeklyPASS
Flax PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Princess ParkFreshWeeklyPASS
Scargo LakeFreshWeeklyPASS

Eastham Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Beach NameFresh or MarineSampling Schedule9/1/21
Boat MeadowMarineWeeklyPASS
CampgroundMarineWeeklyPASS
Cole RoadMarineWeeklyPASS
Cook’s BrookMarineWeeklyPASS
Dyer PrinceMarineWeeklyPASS
First Encounter BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
First Encounter RiverMarineWeeklyPASS
KingsburyMarineWeeklyPASS
South Sunken MeadowMarineWeeklyPASS
ThumpertownMarineWeeklyPASS
Town CoveMarineWeeklyPASS
Salt PondMarineWeeklyPASS
Great PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Herring PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Long Pond (Depot Street)FreshWeeklyPASS
Minister PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Wiley ParkFreshWeeklyPASS
Jemima PondFreshWeeklyPASS

Falmouth Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/24/218/25/218/26/21
8/27/218/30/218/31/219/1/21
ChapoquoitMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Megansett South of JettyMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Old Silver 1, Resident’sMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Old Silver 2, Public NMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Old Silver 2, Public SMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Bike Path (Trunk River)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
East of Bike Path/Trunk RiverMarineWeekly***FAILED****** RE-TEST FAILED***RE-TEST FAILED-Beach is closed to swimming.RE-TEST FAILED-Beach is closed to swimming.RE-TEST FAILED-Beach is closed to swimming.RE-TEST FAILED-Beach is closed to swimming.RE-TEST FAILED-Beach is closed to swimming.
Bristol 1 (East)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Bristol 2 (West)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Falmouth Heights 1 (East)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Falmouth Heights 2 (West)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Menauhant 1 (East)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Menauhant 2 (West)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Surf Drive (Mill Pond)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Stoney Beach (MBL)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Surf Drive (East)MarineWeekly***FAILED***RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
Surf Drive West (Main/Concession)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Surf Drive PoolMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Wood Neck BeachMarineWeekly***FAILED***RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
Wood Neck RiverMarineWeekly***FAILED******RE-TEST FAILED***RE-TEST FAILED-Beach is closed to swimming.RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
Ashumet PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Coonamessett PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Grews PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS

Harwich Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Some of Harwich’s beaches are “varianced”. This means that due to two or more years of clean sampling data, the state of Massachusetts has allowed monitoring to decrease from weekly to monthly. This status is re-evaluated in the event that an exceedance occurs during routine monthly sampling.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/25/218/26/219/1/21
Atlantic AvenueMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Back/BayviewMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Grey NeckMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Merkel BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Pleasant RoadMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Red River EastMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Red River MiddleMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Red River WestMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Seabreeze RoadMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Brooks BeachMarineMonthlyPASS
Earle RoadMarineMonthlyPASS
Neel RoadMarineMonthlyPASS
Pleasant BayMarineMonthlyPASS
Wah Wah TayseeMarineMonthlyPASS
Zylpha RoadMarineMonthlyPASS
Bucks PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Sand PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Hinkley’s PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Long Pond 1 (Cahoon Street)FreshWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
Long Pond 2 (Long Pond Drive)FreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Long Pond 3 (Route 124)FreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Seymour PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS

Mashpee Beach Monitoring Results 2021

One of Mashpee’s beaches, Callie’s Beach, is “varianced”. This means that due to two or more years of clean sampling data, the state of Massachusetts has allowed monitoring to decrease from weekly to monthly. This status is re-evaluated in the event that an exceedance occurs during routine monthly sampling. NOTE: White space indicates that a sample was not taken.

*CYANOBACTERIA ALERT!

While the County does not conduct cyanobacteria monitoring, we work closely with the towns to stay abreast of any closures pertaining to cyanobacteria, also knows as “harmful algae blooms”. Currently, for the town of Mashpee, Santuit Pond is closed due to cyanobacteria.

While the samples that Barnstable County collects at these sites are currently passing for fecal bacteria levels, there are still potentially harmful counts of cyanobacteria. This can pose a danger to swimmers and dogs. Please heed the signs at these locations and keep yourself and your pets safe.

Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/26/218/27/219/1/21
Mashpee Neck Road Town LandingMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Seconsett Island CausewayMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Callie’s Beach (Waquoit Bay East Side)MarineMonthlyPASS
John’s Pond (Back Road)FreshWeeklyPASSPASS
John’s Pond (Old Brickyard Road)FreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Santuit Pond Town LandingFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Santuit pond (#9 Santuit Lane Bryant’s)FreshWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
Wakeby (Camp Farley)FreshWeeklyPASS
Wakeby AttaquinFreshWeeklyPASS

Orleans Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/24/218/31/21
Nauset BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Skaket BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Pilgrim LakeFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Crystal LakeFreshWeeklyPASSPASS

Provincetown Beach Monitoring Results 2021

One of Provincetown’s beaches, Provincetown Inn at the Rotary, is “varianced”. This means that due to two or more years of clean sampling data, the state of Massachusetts has allowed monitoring to decrease from weekly to monthly. This status is re-evaluated in the event that an exceedance occurs during routine monthly sampling. NOTE: White space indicates that a sample was not taken.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/23/218/24/218/30/21 
Winston Ave.MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Town Landing 1 (Breakwater Motel)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Town Landing 2 (Snail Road)MarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
637 Commercial StreetMarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
593 Commercial StreetMarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
Kendall LaneMarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
Atkins LaneMarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSEDPASS
451 Commercial StreetMarineWeeklyPASS***FAIL***
Johnson StreetMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
333 Commercial StreetMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Ryder BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Court StreetMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Atlantic AvenueMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Town Landing West of Coast Guard StationMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
West End LotMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Provincetown Inn (East)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Provincetown Inn (Rotary)MarineMonthlyPASS

Truro Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Several of Truro’s beaches are “varianced”. This means that due to two or more years of clean sampling data, the state of Massachusetts has allowed monitoring to decrease from weekly to monthly. This status is re-evaluated in the event that an exceedance occurs during routine monthly sampling. NOTE: White space indicates that a sample was not taken.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/24/218/31/21
Beach Point Landing MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Noon’s LandingMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Pamet HarborMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Cold Storage/Pond VillageMarineMonthlyPASS
Ballston BeachMarineMonthlyPASS
Coast GuardMarineMonthlyPASS
Corn HillMarineMonthlyPASS
Fisher BeachMarineMonthlyPASS
Great HollowMarineMonthlyPASS
Head of the MeadowMarineMonthlyPASS
LongnookMarineMonthlyPASS
Ryder BeachMarineMonthlyPASS

Wellfleet Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Several of Wellfleet’s beaches are “varianced”. This means that due to two or more years of clean sampling data, the state of Massachusetts has allowed monitoring to decrease from weekly to monthly. This status is re-evaluated in the event that an exceedance occurs during routine monthly sampling. NOTE: White space indicates that a sample was not taken.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/25/218/31/21
Burton BakerMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Mayo BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Cahoon HollowMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Duck HarborMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Powers LandingMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Indian NeckMarineMonthlyPASS
Maguires LandingMarineMonthlyPASS
Newcomb HollowMarineMonthlyPASS
Omaha BeachMarineMonthlyPASS
The GutMarineMonthlyPASS
White CrestMarineMonthlyPASS
Duck PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Great PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Gull Pond 1 (West)FreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Gull Pond 2 (North Sluiceway)FreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Higgins PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Long PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS

Yarmouth Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Name of BeachMarine or FreshSampling Schedule8/30/21
Bass River Beach (East)MarineWeeklyPASS
Bass River Beach (West)MarineWeeklyPASS
Bay RoadMarineWeeklyPASS
Columbus AvenueMarineWeeklyPASS
Englewood BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Parker’s River Beach (East)MarineWeeklyPASS
Parker’s River Beach (West)MarineWeeklyPASS
Seagull Beach (Back)MarineWeeklyPASS
Seagull Beach (East)MarineWeeklyPASS
Seagull Beach (West)MarineWeeklyPASS
Seaview BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
South Middle BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Thatcher Town ParkMarineWeeklyPASS
Wilbur ParkMarineWeeklyPASS
Windmill BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Gray’s BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Follins PondMarineWeeklyPASS
Baxter AvenueMarineWeeklyPASS
Bayview Street BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Colonial Acres Beach (East)MarineWeeklyPASS
Colonial Acres Beach (West)MarineWeeklyPASS
Vernon StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
Malfa Road BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Dennis PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Flax PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Horse PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Little Sandy PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Long Pond (Indian Memorial)FreshWeeklyPASS
Long Pond (Lyman)FreshWeeklyPASS