Gardner Lake Boat Launch


A 3 ft. drawdown has been approved for this waterbody during the 2022/2023 winter season.

The drawdown will commence on or about October 15, 2022. During the first two weeks, the drawdown will not exceed 1 ft. to allow for access to the boat launch ramp.

On or about November 1, 2022, the drawdown will be increased. By December 1, 2022, the 3ft. drawdown should be achieved. The  normal water surface elevation should be restored by April 1, 2023.  

Please note: With any drawdown and refill periods, there are risks that the desired level and refill may not be achieved within the timeframes due to weather events and conditions.
An aerial view of the Gardner Lake boat launch.

Site Sketch of the Gardner Lake Boat Launch

Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Address: 147 Old Colchester Road, Salem
Directions: Located east off Route 354 in Salem just north of Route 82.
Lake Area: 529 Acres
Regulations: 6 MPH limit from sunset to 8 am.
Fishing Regulations: Freshwater Fishing Guide (
Docks: Fixed Concrete
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 54
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Slab
ADA Accessible: Yes
Additional Info: Schedule of Marine Events and Fishing Tournaments (, (Note: tournaments are not open to the general public)

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The entrance to the Gardner Lake boat launch.

The access road to the Gardner Lake boat launch.
Access Road

The turning area of the Gardner Lake boat launch.
Turning Area

The ramp of the Gardner Lake boat launch.

The parking area for the Gardner Lake boat launch.

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Content Last Updated on January 13, 2023.