Buzzards Bay Recreation Area

COVID-19 Update: On March 20, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed Canal recreation facilities. No restrooms or trash receptacles will be available, and a strict carry-in, carry-out policy is in effect for all trash and pet waste. Parking lots remain open, and visitors are urged to maintain a safe distance between themselves and other visitors while using the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway.

Located at the foot of the iconic Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge, Buzzards Bay Recreation Area in Bourne is the perfect place to begin a day’s exploration along the northern shore of the Cape Cod Canal. From this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation area, you can take a walk or bike ride along the canal, cast a line into the canal’s waters, or watch birds and boats while you enjoy a picnic.


Buzzards Bay Recreation Area is a canal-side park owned and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Here, you can gaze up at the Cape Cod Railroad Bridge: a vertical lift bridge that was the longest in the world when it was completed in 1935.

The Cape Cod Canal is a bustling waterway with a constant parade of boats passing by: from tugs and barges to sailboats and powerboats. Fishermen crowd the canal’s rocky shores, hoping to lure a fabled striper to their hooks. Watch them while you picnic and play at the recreation area, or cast a line yourself to see what you can catch!

Anglers find some of the best shore fishing around on Cape Cod Canal. Buzzards Bay Recreation Area offers an excellent access point for fishermen to try and hook their next striper!

Anglers find some of the best shore fishing around on Cape Cod Canal. Buzzards Bay Recreation Area offers an excellent access point for fishermen to try and hook their next striper!


Buzzards Bay Recreation Area is the westernmost access point to the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, a paved service road that runs for 7 miles from here to Scusset Beach. This wide, flat trail is perfect for all ages to bike, walk, and run along the canal’s northern shore.

For an easy, interesting bike ride with your family, try riding from here to Herring Run Recreation Area, about two miles away. There, you can check out a herring run and take a walk on a nature trail.

Habitats & Wildlife

The Cape Cod Canal is home to a range of wildlife that’s as diverse as it is unique. Seals sometimes swim through here, as do sportfish like stripers, bluefish, and sea bass.

A variety of birds flock to the canal to feed on these rich populations of migratory fish. Look for ospreys and cormorants in summer and ducks in winter. Peregrine falcons have tried to nest under the Bourne Bridge in recent years, so keep an eye on the skies!

Property Owned By

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works to strengthen our nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure.

Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Large paved parking area
Cost: Free
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
ADA Accessible: Yes

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
110 Main St.
Bourne, MA 02532
41.743672, -70.613204

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Buzzards Bay Recreation Area
Bourne, MA
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