The Head of Westport Town Landing has two boat launches, one on each side of the river. The western launch is located on Drift Road near the intersection with Old County Road. The eastern launch is located off Old County Road, behind Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures. If you need to rent a kayak or paddleboard, this launch is an ideal place to visit.
Even if you’re not a kayaker, you’ll love this grassy park along the edge of the stone-reinforced riverbank. It’s a great place to walk your dog, play with your kids, or simply sit and watch the flow of the river while you enjoy a sweet treat from the nearby country store.
Habitats & Wildlife
Far north of the Head of Westport Town Landing, the East Branch of the Westport River begins near Copicut Woods in the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. The river flows through Forge Pond and Mill Pond, and then widens just before it reaches this spot. From here, the river gradually gets bigger and saltier as it approaches Buzzards Bay.
As you journey downstream from the town landing on a kayak, you’ll be rewarded with views of pastures, forests, and salt marshes where birds and woodland mammals thrive. Look for egrets and herons wading in the marsh, and tiny fish jumping at the water’s surface.