Overview of Stage Fort Park

Stage Fort Park

USA East


Stage Fort Park offers an easy entry and a shallow dive. Mostly sandy throughout the center of the cove, the edges offer more exciting exploration. Diving is only permitted here during the off-season, so call ahead to get the exact dates.

Directions: At the end of SR 128 in Cape Ann, turn right on SR 127A (Cross Street), and then bear left onto SR 127 South. In 1.3 miles, you will cross a bridge. The park will be your first left after the bridge (.22 miles). The dive site is .36 miles further.


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11/23/2018 Mark Rafferty (Avg: 3.91 Review) - Great site for beginners. Easily accessible w/ food and parking options. A more shallow and basic dive, but some nice adventures lurk further off shore. The parking is flat fee, so carpooling may help.

05/11/2006 Rob from MA (Avg: 2.02 Review) - Do not be fooled by high numbers or great reviews. Yes, the parking, food, rest rooms, other things to do are all great. The diving is rarely deeper than 20', the sea life is minimal, the bottom is sand and more sand. Unless you need to get certified, or must 'dive or die' (and there's a hurricane blowing), go diving somewhere else. You'll be glad you did.

08/05/2005 Paul at Stage Fort (Avg: 3.16 Review) - This site is very convenient - easy parking and facilities are available nearby. It is a frequent site for checkout dives and can get crowded on weekends. The bottom is sandy and, as a result, visibility turns bad when lots of people are there.

07/01/2005 Patrick F. (Avg: 3.73 Review) - Great site for beginners and for bringing the family. The advanced and intermediate can have fun too, it just depends on how far you want to kick. Of the 2 sites, the south facing side offers the shortest gear-lug. One needs to kick out 75 yds or so to get to some good rock structure (you can see the larger rocks when the tide is not at peak-high). Lots to see and do out there, and due east of those rocks. Some 20+ foot boulders off the southern area of the visible rocks from shore. Lots of keepers out far enough. Lots of gear lost from newbies. Nice little snack bar across the street. 10$ to park all day, and bathrooms on-site.

07/16/2003 Mark Fisette (Avg: 3.25 Review) - Great spot to take non-diving family members because of the Snake Bar near the parking area (costs $10.00 to park) and play grounds plus other events on weekends.


Site Photos

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Entrance at Stage Fort Park 


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Parking at Stage Fort Park 

This is the parking for the park, up above the dive site. You can drop off your equipment below, and then return here.




Overview at Stage Fort Park 

This is a great area for kids and picnicking. Porta-Potties are close by.


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entry at Stage Fort Park 

The entry is easy when the weather is favorable, which is most of the time since the beach has a Southerly exposure. Explore the rocky edges of cove.




Plaque at Stage Fort Park 

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Last Verification: November, 2003  


Diver Averages for  Stage Fort Park  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  5.00
Bottom Conditions:  2.40
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  2.80
Facilities:  3.60
Solitude 2.60
Roads:  4.20
*Site Average:  3.21

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.20
Beginner Scuba:  3.80
Intermediate Scuba:  3.20
Advanced Scuba:  2.60
Night diving Scuba:  3.00

Number of reviews for this site: 5


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