If you’re a paddler or a freshwater angler, you’ll want to check out Whitlock’s Landing in Wareham. This waterfront preserve provides access to the Agawam Mill Pond, a calm expanse of the Agawam River. Canoe or kayak around the pine tree-lined shoreline, or cast a line for freshwater species like crappie, bass, sunfish, perch, and pickerel.
Habitats & Wildlife
Stretching from the ponds of Plymouth all the way to Wareham Village, the Agawam River is home to one of the most abundant herring runs on Buzzards Bay. Each spring, tens of thousands of river herring migrate from the Atlantic Ocean to the Agawam. Schools of herring swim up the fish ladder at the dam just south of Whitlock’s Landing to spawn in these fresh waters.
Much of the Mill Pond’s shoreline is surrounded by pine forests. As you travel upstream, these forests transition to the rare pine barrens of Myles Standish State Forest. A wide range of species find a home here, including deer, fox, and turkey.
Founded in 2001, the mission of the Wareham Land Trust is to conserve Wareham’s open space and natural resources, and to educate the public about the benefits of protecting land.