Planting Island Beach

Set on a narrow causeway along the sparkling waters of Sippican Harbor in Marion, Planting Island Beach’s rugged, rocky shoreline offers sweeping views of Buzzards Bay. Over on the calm cove side of this town beach, local residents can launch a kayak to explore the salt marshes of Planting Island Cove.

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Planting Island Cove shoreline in Marion

In summer, Planting Island Cove is an excellent destination for local residents who want to go kayaking.

Planting Island Causeway is a unique spot because it has two distinct faces. On one side, the waters of Sippican Harbor lap against a narrow, rocky beach. This southwest-facing beach is a great place for local residents to catch a spectacular sunset over the harbor.

On the other side, quiet Planting Island Cove awaits paddlers who launch from the muddy, marshy shoreline by the parking areas. From here, you can kayak around Planting Island Cove, Blankenship Cove, and the islands of Sippican Harbor.

Habitats & Wildlife

Planting Island Beach is located in outer Sippican Harbor, near its mouth at Buzzards Bay. The rocky beach is decorated with shells from quahogs, bay scallops, and oysters. As you comb the beach for interesting finds, look up for gulls, terns, and ospreys soaring above the waves.

Along Planting Island Cove, the shores are lined with salt marshes and woods. Egrets and herons stalk these marshes for small fish, and crabs crawl among the rocks in the mud.

Property Owned By
Size: 3.75 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Three small unpaved roadside parking areas; resident privilege sticker required at all times
Dogs: Yes (October to April only)
Facilities: None
Boat Ramp: No
Lifeguards: No
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
Planting Island Road
Marion, MA 02738
41.688931, -70.731862
Marion Recreation Department: (774) 217-8355

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Planting Island Beach
Marion, MA
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Sun, August 18
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Oakdale Beach

Launch a canoe or kayak and explore Marion’s scenic Hammett Cove from the beach at Oakdale Avenue.

Charles R. Washburn Memorial Park

Marion’s popular Washburn Park hearkens back to the historic town common where locals can walk and play.

Island Wharf

Boaters and paddlers will find a place to launch and keep their boats at this wharf and park on Sippican Harbor in Marion.

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