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 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 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 4th, 2020. Assateague Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 4th, 2020 at 8:54 AM.
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Current Weather
19°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks
Monitoring Frequency

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

Source Information

The Virginia Department of Health monitors water quality at beaches in this region from May to September. Water samples are collected weekly. Results are posted on the DOH website. Assateague Coastkeeper checks for the latest information weekly on Thursdays, during the monitoring season.

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.

Water Quality Graph

Guard Shore

Bloxom, Virginia

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 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 4th, 2020. Assateague Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 4th, 2020 at 8:54 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
19°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks

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 monitors water quality at beaches in this region from May to September. Water samples are collected weekly. Results are posted on the DOH website. Assateague Coastkeeper checks for the latest information weekly on Thursdays, during the monitoring season.

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.

Water Quality Graph

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