Steep Hill Beach

42.692412, -70.789551
Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01915
(781) 784-0567
Essex County

Steep Hill Beach is located off Argilla Road in Ispwich, Massachusetts. Part of the Crane Estate and connected to popular Crane Beach, Steep Hill Beach is ideal for weddings, family, or company outings. Castle Hill (part of the Crane Estate) provides trails that offer different entrance points to the beach which are extremely secluded. The white sand of the beach is speckled with seaweed, shells, rocks, and an occasional boulder peaking out of the sand.  Beach space is limited during high-tide, but the low-tide offers plenty of space to roam. Steep Hill Beach is a beautiful location to escape from the crowds and get a sample of a secluded island in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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Hours Of Operation

Sunrise to sunset

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See the attached link for current parking rates.  
If interested in purchasing parking permits, see the link below.

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Life Guard Schedule


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Not allowed

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Steep Hill Beach is a carry in/carry out location with food vendors within 5-10 minutes driving.

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The Castle Inn on the Crane Estate is within walking distance; for more information, call (978) 412-2555 or email Motels/hotels and rentals are within 5-10 minutes driving.

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Dogs and horses are not allowed on the beach from April 1st through September 30th. Dogs must be leashed at all other times..

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Picnic Area

A picnic area for functions located near the lawn area

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Public Transportation

The Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) is another transportation option for Crane Beach.

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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms are located near the parking lot.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Steep Hill Beach allows kayaking and other water activities.

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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. Steep Hill Beach Water Quality

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

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