DePina Landing is an ideal spot to begin a kayak trip up the Sippican River. Launch your paddlecraft into the water from the sand-and-grass shoreline, and then head left to venture northwest upriver. You’ll paddle past large swaths of salt marsh as you approach Interstate 195. The gentle river narrows north of the overpass, and trees hang along the river banks.
This four-mile round-trip paddle is a calm, interesting route for both beginners and enthusiasts. Make sure to check the tides before you go – you’ll have an easier adventure if you plan to paddle back downstream with the outgoing tide.
Habitats & Wildlife
Set near the mouth of the Sippican River, DePina Landing showcases a different view of Marion’s natural habitats. The Sippican River is part of the Weweantic River system, which is Buzzards Bay’s largest river. This estuary is a place where fresh and salt water mix, creating a rich environment that attracts many species of birds, fish, and plants.
Whether you prefer to paddle or picnic on land, you can watch for all types of birds from DePina Landing. Look for egrets and herons patiently hunting for fish and crabs in the marsh. Large black cormorants glide low over the water, while ospreys swoop from high above to catch their next meal.