Duxbury Beach is a 7.5-mile long barrier beach that extends from Marshfield in the north to Gurnet Point and Saquish in the south. The Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, owns approximately 4 miles of Duxbury Beach.
The Duxbury Beach Reservation’s mission is “. . . to restore and to preserve the beaches in so far as reasonably possible in their natural state as host to marine life, native and migratory birds and indigenous vegetation, as barrier beaches for the protection of Duxbury and Kingston and as a priceless environmental asset to the Commonwealth and the nation; and to operate for the benefit of the people of Duxbury and the general public a public recreational beach with all necessary and incidental facilities, while preserving the right to limit and regulate such use so as to be consistent with the corporation’s primary ecological objective.”
The Reservation leases most of the beach to the Town of Duxbury. Beach stickers are purchased from the Town for access to the parking lots and the outer beach for oversand vehicles. The Duxbury Harbormaster & Coastal Resources Department manages the people and vehicles on the beach. The Reservation is responsible for preserving the dunes, and maintaining the parking lots and the back road to Gurnet-Saquish. The Reservation also funds the extensive Endangered Species Program that is mandated by the federal government to protect the threatened species.
The Reservation has no employees, but hires a manager to operate the parking lot and food pavilion at the north end of the beach and receives a portion of the parking revenues. Its main source of revenues are from the Town’s lease payment. Its only other source of income is private donations, which help ensure proactive measures to protect the beach, as well offset expenses of costly storm damage and related repairs.