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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.

Houghton’s Pond, Milton

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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

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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.

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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

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

Rich Fahey

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