Located under the busy Bourne Bridge, Bourne Recreation Area is one of several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas along the Cape Cod Canal. From here, you can cast a line into the canal in search of stripers and sea bass. Gaze west to the iconic Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge. Boats constantly cruise past here, adding to the canal’s fascinating scenery.
Bourne Recreation Area is an access point to the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, a paved service road that runs for 6.5 miles along the canal. This wide, flat trail is perfect for all ages to bike, walk, and run on the canal’s southern shore. Start your trip west, and you’ll reach Tidal Flats Recreation Area on Buzzards Bay in just two short miles – an ideal length for a family ride or a walk with friends.
Habitats & Wildlife
In every season, the ships on the Cape Cod Canal are joined by birds: brant geese and common eider in the winter and kingfisher, ducks, and ospreys in the summer. Even bald eagles have been seen here, as have peregrine falcons and wild turkeys. Under the waves, migratory fish swim, as well as the occasional harbor seal.
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