Hix Bridge Landing is accessible for both paddlecraft as well as larger boats on trailers. During warm-weather months, the landing sees lots of different types of boaters – from local paddlers and rowing clubs to anglers setting off to catch schoolie striped bass that move through the marshy outer portion of the East Branch in spring.
Habitats & Wildlife
The East Branch of the Westport River is an estuary: a place where fresh and salt water meet. Downstream from Hix Bridge Landing, the East Branch widens as it flows out toward Westport Harbor and Buzzards Bay.
Salt marshes line this calm section of the river, so look for herons and egrets stalking their next meal. Ospreys are also a common sight in summer, and bald eagles have been spotted in this area in recent years. Below the water’s surface, blue crabs swim, which makes Hix Bridge Landing is a popular spot for blue crabbing.