Located at the head of Shell Point Bay, these 47 acres of salt marsh and buffering coastal forest lie along a scenic bend in the road out to Great Neck, across the street from an active cranberry farm. These healthy natural habitats protect clean water and provide important habitat for fish, shellfish, and waterbird species.
These salt marshes will become part of the Coalition’s Onset Bay Center, which will offer high-quality on-the-water programming such as sailing, paddling, shellfishing, and shoreline ecology to thousands of community members of all ages. The Onset Bay Center draws on a complex of scenic, diverse natural lands around Onset Bay including the Shell Point Bay marshes, Wickets Island, and Burgess Point.
The wide, scenic salt marshes on Shell Point Bay will be open to both Onset Bay Center program participants and members of the public for kayaking, fishing, shellfishing, and other types of exploration. The Coalition will eventually create a small parking area, trail, and overlook so local residents can access the property and enjoy its scenic views.