Donnelly Beach

Donnelly Beach and Minerva Lake

In 1931 the Town of Minerva build a dam across Jones Brook creating an artificial lake, a beach and a playground.  The beach is named for Francis Donnelly who first became the Town Supervisor in 1932 and served as Supervisor until his death in 1980, for a total of 46 years.

The beach is charming and the recreational area has everything that you will need for a fun family outing.  There are lots of picnic tables and charcoal grills for your family picnics.  There are some easy hiking trails, three small islands to be explored, two playgrounds, a tennis and basketball court and even a horseshoe pit! 

There are no motorized boats allowed but Minerva Lake is great for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and fishing.


100 people MAXIMUM on beach and in swim area at any time

Beach blankets or chairs MUST maintain 10 Feet of separation

One person in bath house at a time – MUST use face covering

You MUST maintain social distancing (6 Feet),
except for immediate family/members of the same household.

RESPECT and OBEY all lifeguards and beach attendants at all times,
if you don’t you be asked to leave the premises

PLAYGROUND IS OPEN – Please wear face coverings (age 2 and older)
and maintain social distancing