Sandy Beach, Jewel of the Berkshires, is the public beach for the townspeople of Lee and their guests and for overnight visitors to the town.  The beach lies in a secluded cove on the northwest edge of Laurel Lake on two acres of open land.
   Close to a century ago, in a grand gesture of philanthropy, neighboring High Lawn Farm permanently loaned the scenic spot to the families of Lee.  Sandy Beach has been a popular destination ever since.  Also, the Scheurer family of Lee generously provides access through their private road.
   Laurel Lake, part of the historic Lake District of Berkshire which drew thinkers and artists from around the world in the 19th and early 20th centuries, has been home to inventor George Westinghouse, actress Fanny Kemble and writer Edith Wharton.  But it is local fishermen---and fisherwomen such as Kemble, who named her lakeside home The Perch---who know its shores and wildlife best.


      Sandy Beach opens on the last day of school, Wednesday June 8, and closes on Labor Day, Monday September 5.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am to 8 pm.  The picnic grove (with fireplaces and a grill) is popular with community groups such as the First Congregational Church and Lee Fire Company, and with picnickers and families hosting birthday parties and other visitors. Toys are provided for all children and free swimming lessons are held every season.  A professional volleyball net installed on sand draws competitive players


    Admission to Sandy Beach is free as per the wishes of High Lawn Farm, whose owners keep the needs of families in mind.  Stickers are provided for Lee families, and day passes are provided for their guests.  Also provided are day passes for visitors who are staying at Lee hotels and motels, B+Bs, inns and campgrounds.  (Proof of lodging is needed.)  Stickers and passes may be obtained from the attending officer at the beach gate.  On weekdays, they are also available from the dispatch office at Town Hall (413 243-2100).
    How to get there:  Head north on Route 20 from the center of Lee.  Take a left at Joe’s Diner and proceed up the hill.  Take a left off Route 20 directly after the Retro Pop Shop and continue along that road, which leads over a dam and High Lawn Farm’s fields to the beach parking lot.

For more information about the parking restrictions at Sandy Beach or questions on how to obtain a beach pass for residents or guests, please contact the Lee Communications Center at 413-243-2100.

Please remember that alcohol is not permitted at the beach; and, to drive slowly on the private access road to the beach and in the parking lot.

See you at the Beach!
The Sandy Beach Committee
Kelly Abdalla
Deidre Consolati
Linda Cysz
Monica Ryan