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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. Currently, Clipper Lane in Dennis and Picture Lake in Bourne are closed due to geometric mean exceedance. Monitoring is in progress.
TownBeach NameMarine or FreshDate of Initial ExceedanceDate of Re-testRe-test Pass/FailRe-test Pass/Fail  
BarnstableLovell’s PondFresh6/25/21BEACH CLOSED due to harmful algae bloom.Cyanobacteria monitoring in progress.Cyanobacteria monitoring in progress.
BournePicture LakeFresh7/21/21GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.7/22/21 GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.7/23/21 GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.
DennisClipper LaneMarine7/21/21GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.7/22/21 GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.7/23/21 GEOMEAN FAIL-Beach is closed to swimming.

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 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 FreshMonitoring Schedule7/19/217/20/217/21/21
Covells MarineWeeklyPASS
CraigvilleMarineWeeklyPASS
Cross StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
DowsesMarineWeeklyPASS
Eugenia FortesMarineWeeklyPASS
Hamblin PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Hathaway PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Joshua’s PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Kalmus (Ocean)MarineWeeklyPASS
Kalmus (Yacht)MarineWeeklyPASS
Keyes MarineWeeklyPASS
LoopMarineWeeklyPASS
Lovells PondFreshWeeklyCLOSED – Cyanobacteria monitoring in
Middle PondFreshWeeklyPASS
MillwayMarineWeeklyPASS
Ropes MarineWeekly***FAIL***Beach closed, monitoring in progress.RE-TEST PASSED
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. If you see the word “variance”, it means the sample was not taken for the reason described above.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule7/7/217/14/217/21/217/22/217/23/21 
Barlows LandingMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Cataumet HarborMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Patiusset MarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Gilder Road MarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Electric AvenueMarineMonthlyPASS
Monument MarineMonthlyPASS
Sagamore MarineMonthlyPASS
Picture LakeFreshWeeklyPASSPASS***FAIL***RE-TEST FAILED-beach closed due to elevated bacteria levels.RE-TEST FAILED-beach closed due to elevated bacteria levels.
Queen SewellFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS

Brewster Beach Monitoring Results 2021

The Town Brewster has opted to perform “pre-season monitoring” at its public beaches. This means the town requested that sampling begin prior to the standard monitoring season start date of June 7, 2021. NOTE: White space indicates that a sample was not taken.
Beach NameFresh or MarineSampling Schedule7/19/21
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 Schedule7/20/217/21/21
Oyster PondMarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSED
Hardings Beach EastMarineWeeklyPASS
Hardings Beach WestMarineWeeklyPASS
Ridgevale BeachMarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSED
Bucks Creek (Ridgevale)MarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSED
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 Schedule7/21/217/22/217/23/21
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)MarineWeeklyPASS
Trotting ParkMarineWeeklyPASS
West Dennis (Resident)MarineWeeklyPASS
West Dennis (Snack Bar)MarineWeeklyPASS
West Dennis (West)MarineWeeklyPASS
Clipper LaneMarineWeeklyFail: Beach is currently closed to swimming due to elevated bacteria levels. Fail: Beach is currently closed to swimming due to elevated bacteria levels. Fail: Beach is currently closed to swimming due to elevated bacteria levels.
Flax PondFreshWeeklyPASS
Princess ParkFreshWeeklyPASS
Scargo LakeFreshWeeklyPASS

Eastham Beach Monitoring Results 2021

Beach NameFresh or MarineSampling Schedule7/22/21
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 Schedule7/13/217/20/21
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 RiverMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
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)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Surf Drive West (Main/Concession)MarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Surf Drive PoolMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Wood Neck BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Wood Neck RiverMarineWeeklyPASSPASS
Ashumet PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Coonamessett PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS
Grews PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASS

Harwich Beach Monitoring Results 2021

The Town of Harwich has opted to perform “pre-season monitoring” at 5 of its beaches. Due to high volume of use at selected beaches, the town requested that sampling begin prior to the standard monitoring season start date of June 7, 2021. NOTE: White space indicates that a sample was not taken.

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. NOTE: If you see the word “variance”, it means the sample was not taken for the reason described above.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule7/7/217/15/217/21/21
Atlantic AvenueMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Back/BayviewMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Grey NeckMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Merkel BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Pleasant RoadMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Red River EastMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Red River MiddleMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Red River WestMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Seabreeze RoadMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Brooks BeachMarineMonthlyPASS
Earle RoadMarineMonthlyPASS
Neel RoadMarineMonthlyPASS
Pleasant BayMarineMonthlyPASS
Wah Wah TayseeMarineMonthlyPASS
Zylpha RoadMarineMonthlyPASS
Hiawatha RoadMarineMonthlyPASS
Bucks PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Sand PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Hinkley’s PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Long Pond 1 (Cahoon Street)FreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Long Pond 2 (Long Pond Drive)FreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Long Pond 3 (Route 124)FreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Seymour PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS

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, there are three sites that are closed due to cyanobacteria: Trustees of Reservations – Wakeby Pond, Trustees of Reservations – Mashpee Pond and Wakeby Attaquin.

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 Schedule7/8/21
7/15/217/22/21
Mashpee Neck Road Town LandingMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Seconsett Island CausewayMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Callie’s Beach (Waquoit Bay East Side)MarineMonthlyPASS
John’s Pond (Back Road)FreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
John’s Pond (Old Brickyard Road)FreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Santuit Pond Town LandingFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Santuit pond (#9 Santuit Lane Bryant’s)FreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Wakeby (Camp Farley)FreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Wakeby AttaquinFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS

Orleans Beach Monitoring Results 2021

The Town of Orleans has opted to perform “pre-season monitoring” at 2 of its beaches. Due to high volume of use at selected beaches, the town requested that sampling begin prior to the standard monitoring season start date of June 7, 2021. NOTE: White space indicates that a sample was not taken.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule7/6/217/13/217/20/21
Nauset BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Skaket BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Pilgrim LakeFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Crystal LakeFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS

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. If you see the word “variance”, it means the sample was not taken for the reason described above.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule7/19/217/20/21
Winston Ave.MarineWeeklyPASS
Town Landing 1 (Breakwater Motel)MarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSED
Town Landing 2 (Snail Road)MarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSED
637 Commercial StreetMarineWeekly***FAIL***RE-TEST PASSED
593 Commercial StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
Kendall LaneMarineWeeklyPASS
Atkins LaneMarineWeeklyPASS
451 Commercial StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
Johnson StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
333 Commercial StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
Ryder BeachMarineWeeklyPASS
Court StreetMarineWeeklyPASS
Atlantic AvenueMarineWeeklyPASS
Town Landing West of Coast Guard StationMarineWeeklyPASS
West End LotMarineWeeklyPASS
Provincetown Inn (East)MarineWeeklyPASS
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. If you see the word “variance”, it means the sample was not taken for the reason described above.
Beach NameMarine or FreshSampling Schedule7/6/217/13/217/20/21
Beach Point Landing MarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Noon’s LandingMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Pamet HarborMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
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 Schedule7/7/217/14/217/21/21
Burton BakerMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Mayo BeachMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Cahoon HollowMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Duck HarborMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Powers LandingMarineWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Indian NeckMarineMonthlyPASS
Maguires LandingMarineMonthlyPASS
Newcomb HollowMarineMonthlyPASS
Omaha BeachMarineMonthlyPASS
The GutMarineMonthlyPASS
White CrestMarineMonthlyPASS
Duck PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Great PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Gull Pond 1 (West)FreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Gull Pond 2 (North Sluiceway)FreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Higgins PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS
Long PondFreshWeeklyPASSPASSPASS

Yarmouth Beach Monitoring Results 2021

The Town Yarmouth has opted to perform “pre-season monitoring” at its public beaches. This means the town requested that sampling begin prior to the standard monitoring season start date of June 7, 2021. NOTE: White space indicates that a sample was not taken.
Name of BeachMarine or FreshSampling Schedule7/19/21
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