Wingaersheek Beach is located in the western part of Gloucester county at the mouth of the Annisquam River on Ipswich Bay. It is possibly the best beach in the area with its white sands and clear waters. Wingaersheek is recognizable by the huge rocks that jutt out from the center of the beach and into the river. At high tide the rocks are surrounded by water but you can climb around on them as the tide goes out.
The tides are big here and the water remains shallow for long periods of time with plenty of tide pools where kids can find tiny fish, hermit crabs, and other marine creatures. Wingaersheek is in a quite sheltered part of the bay so there are not very big waves. This makes it a favourite spot for families with small children, although boogie boards are not allowed. You will also find restrooms, showers, and a concession stand. You might want to bring a cooler with your lunch and drinks. In addition, note that no dosgs are allowed on the beach during the summer.
There are lifeguards during the summer and the beach is quite protected from the ocean, so it has calm waters for swimming. Relax in a spot in the sand, explore the tidal pools near the rocks, and enjoy the great view across the bay.
Wingaersheek does have a small parking lot, but this fills up quickly, so you should get to the beach early. You will have to pay to park, and it at present is cash only, so be prepared.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach during the summer (May 1 to September 30). Unleashed dogs allowed the rest of the year but only on odd-numbered days.
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Wingaersheek Beach Reviews
Beautiful soft sand, wide expanse, easy water access and usually quite calm.