Some local swimming spots

  • Simone Roth-Katz,3 swims with her mother, Esther Roth -Katz at the YMCA in Northampton.

Published: 5/22/2018 3:52:07 PM

Now that the kids are learning to swim, here are some places to take them to use their new skills this summer.

David B. Musante Beach

Musante Beach, a family-friendly swimming area at 85 Reservoir Road, Leeds, is attended by a lifeguard at all times. It opens for the season, initially only on weekends, from May 26 through June 17. Beginning on June 23, the beach is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather and staff permitting.

Membership information is available from Northampton’s Parks and Recreation Department by phone at 413-587-1040, and online at

D.A.R. State Forest

The lake at D.A.R. State Forest is attended by a lifeguard during the busy times of the day. The park, at 78 Cape St. in Goshen, also offers camping, fishing and hiking.

It’s open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, including admission fees, visit

Belchertown Town Beach

Belchertown’s town swimming area, which is staffed by trained lifeguards, can be found off Route 9 and Federal Street on Town Beach Road. Residents and non-residents are welcome. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Inflatable flotation devices are note allowed.

The beach is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from June through the end of August. More information, including admission fees, can be found at

Puffer’s Pond

While mostly unattended by sanctioned lifeguards, Puffer’s Pond, a popular swimming area about three miles from Amherst’s town center, is regulated by volunteers. It’s accessible via a parking area off State Street, which fills up quickly during peak season and closes at dusk.

Extensive hiking trails traverse around the lake. For more on Puffer’s Pond visit

Tri-Town Beach

Tri-Town Beach, which is attended by a lifeguard and maintained through a collaboration of Deerfield, Whately, and Sunderland, is a man-made beach at 20 Old State Road in Whately. Yearly passes are available to residents from the three towns for around $35. It is open from June through August, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. 

Green River Swimming and Recreation Park

About 30 minutes up Interstate 91 from Northampton, Greenfield’s swimming area on the Green River, accessible via a parking area off Nash’s Mill Road, has a sloped beach and is attended by lifeguards. The beach, which has an admission fee, is open from June through September from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with special hours on holidays. More can be found at

— Andy Castillo

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