Head of Westport Town Landing

For paddlers of all ages, the quaint Head of Westport Town Landing is an excellent spot to begin a journey down the East Branch of the Westport River. With a grassy park and two kayak launches into the calm river, the town landing is lovely for anyone who enjoys peaceful waters. And with a kayak outfitter located right next to the launch, it’s a convenient place for new paddlers to give kayaking or paddleboarding a try.

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a man launches a kayak into the East Branch of the Westport River from the Head of Westport Town Landing

No matter your age or ability, you’ll find the Head of Westport Town Landing to be a perfect place to put in a kayak and enjoy a paddling adventure.

The Head of Westport Town Landing has two boat launches, one on each side of the river. The western launch is located on Drift Road near the intersection with Old County Road. The eastern launch is located off Old County Road, behind Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures. If you need to rent a kayak or paddleboard, this launch is an ideal place to visit.

Even if you’re not a kayaker, you’ll love this grassy park along the edge of the stone-reinforced riverbank. It’s a great place to walk your dog, play with your kids, or simply sit and watch the flow of the river while you enjoy a sweet treat from the nearby country store.

Habitats & Wildlife

Far north of the Head of Westport Town Landing, the East Branch of the Westport River begins near Copicut Woods in the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. The river flows through Forge Pond and Mill Pond, and then widens just before it reaches this spot. From here, the river gradually gets bigger and saltier as it approaches Buzzards Bay.

As you journey downstream from the town landing on a kayak, you’ll be rewarded with views of pastures, forests, and salt marshes where birds and woodland mammals thrive. Look for egrets and herons wading in the marsh, and tiny fish jumping at the water’s surface.

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Size: 2 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Small unpaved roadside parking area on Drift Road; Small unpaved parking area off Old County Road; Additional street parking on Old County Road
Cost: Free
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Boat Ramp: No
Lifeguards: No
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
495 Old County Rd.
Westport, MA 02790
41.620287, -71.060072

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Head of Westport Town Landing
Westport, MA
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Upcoming Events Near Here

Junior Bird Club – Christmas Bird Crafts
Thu, December 15
6:00PM - 7:30PM
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Westport
Holiday Bird Count and Pot Luck Supper
Sat, December 17
7:30PM
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Dartmouth
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Sun, January 01
10:00AM - 12:00PM
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Westport

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