Havens Beach - Sag Harbour

Sag Harbor, New York
Managed by The Swim Guide

Havens Beach, Sag Harbor's only, is a public beach on Sag Harbor Bay. During the 1800s African Americans settled here as part of the whaling industry. After WWII, Sag Harbor became an popular and important beach and recreational spot for Black people during the brutal years of segregation in the USA. Sag Harbor has been robust black waterfront community and a destination for black tourists when few waterfront recreational beach locations were accessible to African-Americans.
Read more about the black history of Sag Harbour here: https://medium.com/@AngelaDennisWrites/six-historically-black-beaches-to-visit-this-summer-46045aa3e348

Havens Beach is your typical scenic Peconic Bay treasure, with a view of Shelter Island’s coast in the distance and sailboats on the smooth bay waters. There is a playground, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, and a gazebo. Both resident and non-resident parking stickers are mandatory and are available at the Sag Harbor Municipal Building. No alcohol, fires, or cars allowed on the beach. This is a Tier II beach.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 11th, 2020. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 14th, 2020 at 9:06 AM.
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Current Weather
17°C
Cloudy
Monitoring Frequency

Havens Beach - Sag Harbour is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 1st.

Source Information

Swimming advisories are available via Suffolk County Health Services hotline at 631-852-5822 Or at https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Health-Services/Environmental-Quality/Ecology/Beach-Monitoring-Program

Suffolk County Health Services tests the water quality from Mid May - Mid Sept. Tier I beaches are tested 2-3 times per week and Tier II beaches are tested at least once per week, with more frequent testing at beaches where water quality changes often. Tier II beaches are retested if a sample exceeds water quality standards. Tier 1 beaches are closed after one sample exceedance and retested daily until reopened.

The samples are taken at knee depth, near known and potential pollution sources and from the most popular swimming spots.

Tier III beaches are tested once a month.

A marine beach is marked Green when there are equal to or less than 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water and when the 30-day geometric mean contains 35 units / 100ml of water or less.

A freshwater beach is marked Green when single sample results are 235 units of E.coli per 100 ml of water or less and when the 30-day geometric mean contains less than 126 units / 100ml of water or less.

A marine beach is marked Red when a single sample exceeds 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water or when the 30-day geometric mean contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A freshwater beach is marked Red when a single sample exceeds 235 units of E.coli per 100 ml of water or when the 30-day geometric mean contains more than 126 units / 100ml of water.

Water Quality Graph

Havens Beach - Sag Harbour

Sag Harbor, New York
Managed by The Swim Guide

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 11th, 2020. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 14th, 2020 at 9:06 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
17°C
Cloudy

Havens Beach, Sag Harbor's only, is a public beach on Sag Harbor Bay. During the 1800s African Americans settled here as part of the whaling industry. After WWII, Sag Harbor became an popular and important beach and recreational spot for Black people during the brutal years of segregation in the USA. Sag Harbor has been robust black waterfront community and a destination for black tourists when few waterfront recreational beach locations were accessible to African-Americans.
Read more about the black history of Sag Harbour here: https://medium.com/@AngelaDennisWrites/six-historically-black-beaches-to-visit-this-summer-46045aa3e348

Havens Beach is your typical scenic Peconic Bay treasure, with a view of Shelter Island’s coast in the distance and sailboats on the smooth bay waters. There is a playground, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, and a gazebo. Both resident and non-resident parking stickers are mandatory and are available at the Sag Harbor Municipal Building. No alcohol, fires, or cars allowed on the beach. This is a Tier II beach.

Monitoring Frequency

Havens Beach - Sag Harbour is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 1st.

Source Information

Swimming advisories are available via Suffolk County Health Services hotline at 631-852-5822 Or at https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Health-Services/Environmental-Quality/Ecology/Beach-Monitoring-Program

Suffolk County Health Services tests the water quality from Mid May - Mid Sept. Tier I beaches are tested 2-3 times per week and Tier II beaches are tested at least once per week, with more frequent testing at beaches where water quality changes often. Tier II beaches are retested if a sample exceeds water quality standards. Tier 1 beaches are closed after one sample exceedance and retested daily until reopened.

The samples are taken at knee depth, near known and potential pollution sources and from the most popular swimming spots.

Tier III beaches are tested once a month.

A marine beach is marked Green when there are equal to or less than 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water and when the 30-day geometric mean contains 35 units / 100ml of water or less.

A freshwater beach is marked Green when single sample results are 235 units of E.coli per 100 ml of water or less and when the 30-day geometric mean contains less than 126 units / 100ml of water or less.

A marine beach is marked Red when a single sample exceeds 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water or when the 30-day geometric mean contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A freshwater beach is marked Red when a single sample exceeds 235 units of E.coli per 100 ml of water or when the 30-day geometric mean contains more than 126 units / 100ml of water.

Water Quality Graph

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Sag Harbor, New York
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