Riverhead Beach

42.492117, -70.855432
Ocean Avenue
Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 631-0000
Essex County

Riverhead Beach is located on Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The beach is primarily for those looking to paddle board, kayak, or launch a boat. The beach is limited and signs are posted stating that the water may not be safe for swimming. During summer months paddle boards and kayaks are rented, and users can explore the trail-system in the area. In the off-season, the beach is a great place for the locals to let their dogs run about and explore. After a day of water sport activity, you can go across the street to Devereux Beach for food and relaxation.

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Hours Of Operation

Gates are open 7:30am to 11pm.

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Riverhead Beach has a medium-sized parking lot and shares parking with Devereux Beach; both require a resident permit and those without will get charged a visitor’s fee. http://marblehead.org/index.aspx?nid=485. Visitor’s fees are collected from 8am – 4pm.  Monday – Thursday: $10 per car, Friday – Sunday: $15 per car.

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Life Guard Schedule


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Not allowed

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Riverhead Beach is a carry in/carry out beach that also has “Lime Rickeys” across the street at Devereux Beach.

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Motels/hotels and rentals are within 5 minutes driving.

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Dogs are not allowed on the beach during peak season; during the off-season this is a popular site for dogs.

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Picnic Area

Picnic tables are available under the pavilion at Devereux Beach and can be reserved and rented. http://www.marblehead.org/index.aspx?nid=325.

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A large playground is located across the street at Devereux Beach.

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Public Transportation

Please see the link below for times and other modes of public transportation. 

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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms and shower are available across the street at Devereux Beach.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Riverhead Beach is popular for paddle boarding and kayaking; hourly rentals are available during summer months.

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Walking Trails

There are water trails for paddle boarding and kayaking.

Water Trail Information

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Water Quality

Water quality is monitored from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information please call (617) 626-1250. The accepted standard is 104 CFU/100mL in a single day or an average of 35 CFU/100mL over five days. The link below is the test results from 2003 to the current year. Riverhead Beach Water Quality

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Water Temperature

(Click on “View more buoy data” to view water temperature.) 

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