Lawrence Island

Have you ever wanted to explore an island? You can do just that at Lawrence Island, a sandy spit that separates Squeteague and Megansett harbors in the Bourne village of Cataumet. The best part about this Bourne Conservation Trust wildlife sanctuary – other than the beautiful water views, of course – is that you don’t even need a boat to get here!

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Features

Not all islands can be walked to. Luckily, Lawrence Island in Cataumet is connected to the mainland by a trail along a sandy stretch of salt marsh. Whether you come on foot or by kayak, put Lawrence Island at the top of your list for your next outdoor adventure.

Once on Lawrence Island, you’ll find a special piece of undeveloped Bay shoreline. The island separates sheltered Squeteague Harbor from the clear waters of Megansett Harbor. From these sandy, wooded shores, soak up spectacular views of boats, birds, and Buzzards Bay.

bench by the water on Lawrence Island in Cataumet

Take a seat by the shores of Squeteague Harbor and enjoy the view from Lawrence Island.

Trails

The trail to Lawrence Island begins at the end of Grasslands Lane. In total, this sand-covered trail runs for about a mile. You’ll easily complete it in 30 minutes – but we suggest you linger a little longer to explore. (Download trail map)

As you walk along Squeteague Harbor to the island, you’ll pass several private homes; please respect their privacy by staying on the trail. Another word of advice: Wear shoes that can get wet and muddy, especially if you come at high tide!

After you cross a few board bridges through the marsh, you’ll arrive at Lawrence Island. The trail circles around the island, providing beautiful views of Squeteague Harbor, Megansett Harbor, and Buzzards Bay.

Habitats & Wildlife

Lawrence Island is a wildlife sanctuary where many creatures live, from fox and mink to ospreys and seabirds. Up in the trees, hawks may be scanning for smaller prey like songbirds, mice, and voles on the ground. Along the island’s shores, keep an eye out for crabs darting among the marsh grasses.

Property Owned By

The Bourne Conservation Trust (BCT) is a nonprofit land trust with a primary objective of acquiring land and leaving it in its natural state. The BCT owns and maintains over 200 acres of open space with miles of walking trails.

Details
Size: 7 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Small parking area at the end of Grasslands Lane
Cost: Free
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Yes (keep on leash until you reach the island)
Facilities: None
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
Grasslands Lane
Bourne, MA 02534
41.664545, -70.622165

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Lawrence Island
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