Set along the quiet bend where the Mattapoisett River meets Mattapoisett Harbor, Mattapoisett Town Landing is a secluded-feeling destination for kayakers, paddleboarders, and those who love being by the water. Put in your small vessel at the concrete boat ramp, and head left to explore the river’s marshy shores or right to meander along the harbor coastline. These calm, shallow waters are a great place for new paddlers to learn.
Not a boater? The picnic table perched along the landing’s edge provides one of the best settings for a waterfront lunch on all of Buzzards Bay. Across the way, you can watch the buzz of activity on Mattapoisett Harbor: campers learning how to sail at the Mattapoisett YMCA, quahoggers digging for clams at Shining Tides Beach, and boats cruising in and out of the Mattapoisett Town Wharf.
Habitats & Wildlife
The waters that flow past Mattapoisett Town Landing are what’s called an estuary: a place where fresh water flowing downstream meets salt water from Buzzards Bay. Estuaries are rich environments where wildlife thrive, which makes them fun to explore by paddlecraft. Look for egrets and blue herons stalking the shallows and ospreys and gulls soaring overhead, all in search of their next meal.