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If you live here in the Buzzards Bay region, then you’ve probably eaten shellfish once or twice. But have you ever tried shellfishing yourself? People have been catching quahogs, blue crabs, lobsters, and bay scallops here for centuries – and you can, too! With the proper permit and some simple equipment, you’ll be ready for a day out shellfishing on the Bay.

For any of the places below, remember to check local shellfishing maps and regulations before you go. Shellfishing areas sometimes close temporarily due to weather, season, and supply.

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gull flying over Old Silver Beach in Falmouth at sunset
296 Quaker Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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For a classic sandy beach to enjoy in summer, Old Silver Beach in Falmouth is a top destination on Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Two large paved parking areas: one reserved for Falmouth residents and another for public parking
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Showers, Food/Concession
people on Onset Beach in the summer
182 Onset Ave., Wareham, MA 02558
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Families flock to kid-friendly Onset Beach in Wareham thanks to its protected waters, beautiful scenery, and central location.

Size: 10.9 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot and metered street parking; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Food/Concession
rocky beach at Planting Island Causeway in Marion
Planting Island Road, Marion, MA 02738
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Planting Island Beach’s rugged, rocky shoreline offers a panoramic view of Sippican Harbor and Buzzards Bay.

Size: 3.75 acres
Parking: Three small unpaved roadside parking areas; resident privilege sticker required at all times
Facilities: None
two fishing vessels in the distance on Buzzards Bay
98 Manhattan Ave., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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A small, secluded spot on Priests Cove, Pope Beach in Fairhaven offers sparkling views of Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Small unpaved roadside parking area
Facilities: None
people on Round Hill Beach in Dartmouth
Round Hill Beach Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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With calm waters and sweeping views, Round Hill Beach is a stunning summer destination for Dartmouth residents.

Size: 30 acres
Parking: Parking along paved Round Hill Beach Road
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
girl walking on Shell Point Beach at sunset
Onset, MA 02558
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With sandy shores and a grassy park, Shell Point Beach is a perfect destination to explore Wareham’s coastal scenery.

Size: 1.6 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
woman holding a net next to the water at Shining Tides Beach in Mattapoisett
99 Reservation Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Swimming, paddling, quahogging, crabbing – Shining Tides Beach truly offers it all for Mattapoisett residents.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area; parking pass required in summer (first week of July through last week of August)
Facilities: Picnic Table
a family walks down the sand at Silvershell Beach in Marion
1 Front St., Marion, MA 02738
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With pretty views and peaceful waters, Silvershell Beach is a favorite summer spot for families in Marion.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; resident privilege sticker required at all times
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Playground
sandy shoreline of Squeteague Harbor Beach in Cataumet
18 Squeteague Harbor Rd., Bourne, MA 02534
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Peaceful, scenic Squeteague Harbor Beach is tucked into a quiet corner of Cataumet in Bourne.

Parking: Limited parking along beachway off Squeteague Harbor Road
Facilities: Trash
woman and little girl looking at sand at Swifts Neck Beach in Wareham
15 Roby St., Wareham, MA 02571
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The mixture of sand and grass along Swifts Neck Beach give this cozy neighborhood beach in Wareham a natural feel.

Size: 2.1 acres
Parking: Two large paved parking lots; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Restrooms (seasonal)
sunset over The Knob in Falmouth
36 Quissett Harbor Road, Falmouth, MA 02543
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Catch a breathtaking sunset over Buzzards Bay from the protected shores at The Knob in Falmouth.

Size: 12 acres
Parking: Limited parking at the end of Quissett Harbor Road
Facilities: None
rocky shoreline of The Knubble in Westport
Beach Ave., Westport, MA 02791
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The tall, rocky outcropping and panoramic water views at The Knubble beach in Westport are a treasure for local residents.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Limited parking in designated areas (the easternmost end of Beach Avenue is periodically closed); resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: None
sandy shoreline of West Beach in New Bedford
200 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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West Beach in New Bedford is well-known for its clear, calm waters, where families can splash and play on Clarks Cove.

Parking: Roadside parking open 6am-9pm; additional parking in Hazelwood Park
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Bicycle Rack, Trash
West Falmouth Town Dock
55 Old Dock Road, Falmouth, MA 02540
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Boaters and anglers can launch on a Buzzards Bay adventure from the public ramp and town dock on West Falmouth Harbor.

Parking: Limited vehicle parking at the town dock; Medium-sized gravel parking area on Old Dock Road by bike path (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Dock (wood/floating), Trash
trail along Nasketucket Bay at West Island State Reservation
163 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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West Island State Reservation's pristine coastal habitats offer a natural retreat that outdoor enthusiasts will love.

Size: 338 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area by trailhead
Facilities: None
lookout tower at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven
2 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Set next to windswept salt marshes on West Island, this Fairhaven beach is a paradise for outdoors lovers.

Size: 13.8 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
kids and adults explore the waters of Little Sippewissett Marsh in Falmouth
98 Wood Neck Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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With amazing water views and a lush natural setting, Wood Neck Beach is a summer destination for Falmouth families.

Parking: One medium-sized unpaved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Shower (seasonal)

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