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Freshwater swimming options south of Boston

Sunset Lake, Braintree

Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lifeguards on duty daily to Aug. 9. Free parking lot for Braintree residents. Restrooms, beach, benches, gazebo, playground, picnic tables.

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Houghton’s Pond, Milton

Swimming, picnicking, outdoor grills, bathhouse, snack bar, fishing. Reservations required for large groups using picnic tables. Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, daily from Saturday to Labor Day. www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/houghtonsPond.htm

College Pond, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver

Lifeguards on duty daily from Saturday to Labor Day. Picnicking, grills, swimming, fishing, canoeing, restrooms. $5 parking fee at College Pond lot. www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/mssf.htm

Cranberry Cove, Maquan Pond, Hanson

Parking $4 residents, $6 for nonresidents. Lifeguards Friday to Labor Day, noon to 7 p.m.

Little Sandy Pond Beach and Oldham Pond, Pembroke

Lifeguards on duty daily from Sunday through Labor Day. Free parking for all at Oldham Pond, which has a sandy beach, restrooms, and a playground.

Morton Park, Fresh Pond and Hedges Pond, Plymouth

Lifeguards weekends, daily starting Monday. Restrooms. Parking fees for nonresidents. www.plymouth-ma.gov.

East and West Monponsett Ponds, Halifax and Hanson

Best access via Lingan Street Beach at Fourth Avenue, Halifax, on West Monponsett Pond. No lifeguards.

Rich Fahey can be reached at fahey.rich2@gmail.com.
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