Guard Shore

Bloxom, Virginia

This small, secluded beach is located on Chesapeake Bay near Bloxom. There are no restrooms or facilities here. The beach is pet friendly. For the birders: Guard Shore offers a myriad of possibilities for wildlife viewing depending upon the time of year. The extensive open bay ecosystem provides a vast viewing area to scan for wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. Mudflats and sand spits exposed at low tide may attract feeding shorebirds, especially during migration. The site's maritime loblolly pine stand may offer endless migrant passerine viewing possibilities.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 24th, 2022. Assateague Coastal Trust updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 24th, 2022 at 2:45 PM.
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Current Weather
28°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Guard Shore is sampled weekly from May 20th to September 15th.

Source Information

The Virginia Department of Health (DOH) monitors water quality at beaches in this region from May to September. Water samples are collected and results posted weekly. Results are posted on the DOH website. Assateague Coastal Trust monitors the latest sample results posted by the Virginia DOH and publishes the results to Swim Guide each week.

A beach is marked Green when the level of enterococcus bacteria in the water is less than 104 units per 100 mL of water.
A beach is marked Red when the level of enterococcus bacteria in the water is higher than 104 units per 100 mL of water.
A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

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Water Quality Graph

Guard Shore

Bloxom, Virginia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 24th, 2022. Assateague Coastal Trust updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 24th, 2022 at 2:45 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
28°C
Clear and sunny

This small, secluded beach is located on Chesapeake Bay near Bloxom. There are no restrooms or facilities here. The beach is pet friendly. For the birders: Guard Shore offers a myriad of possibilities for wildlife viewing depending upon the time of year. The extensive open bay ecosystem provides a vast viewing area to scan for wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. Mudflats and sand spits exposed at low tide may attract feeding shorebirds, especially during migration. The site's maritime loblolly pine stand may offer endless migrant passerine viewing possibilities.

Monitoring Frequency

Guard Shore is sampled weekly from May 20th to September 15th.

Source Information

The Virginia Department of Health (DOH) monitors water quality at beaches in this region from May to September. Water samples are collected and results posted weekly. Results are posted on the DOH website. Assateague Coastal Trust monitors the latest sample results posted by the Virginia DOH and publishes the results to Swim Guide each week.

A beach is marked Green when the level of enterococcus bacteria in the water is less than 104 units per 100 mL of water.
A beach is marked Red when the level of enterococcus bacteria in the water is higher than 104 units per 100 mL of water.
A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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