The big draw to Russells Mills Landing is the Slocums River: a tranquil waterway that winds past farms, forests, and marshes toward Buzzards Bay. The boat launch at Russells Mills Landing is a popular spot to set off on a kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or small boat.
For kayakers seeking a paddling destination, head south from Russells Mills Landing to Demarest Lloyd State Park, which is about 3 miles downstream. It’ll take you about an hour and a half to reach these sandy shores, where you can picnic and swim before returning to Russells Mills. Along the way, enjoy the view of places like the Slocum’s River Reserve and the Lloyd Center for the Environment.
Russells Mills Landing is also a great launching point for a bike ride through South Dartmouth – one of our favorite bicycling routes in the region. And just across the road from the parking area is Parsons Reserve, which is a wonderful place for a hike through the woods.
Habitats & Wildlife
Russells Mills Landing sits on the scenic Slocums River, just south of the freshwater Paskamansett River. As you travel downstream, the river opens up to reveal wide, brackish waters lined with salt marshes. Eventually, the river opens up to reveal the open waters of Buzzards Bay. There are some rocky areas along the river, so take care when paddling.
Many kinds of fish visit the Slocums River throughout the year, including striped bass, bluefish, and herring. Try casting a line from a kayak or small boat to see what you can catch! The banks of the river also thrive with animal life. From the landing, you might see birds like ducks, warblers, turkeys, and herons, plus turtles, frogs, muskrat, and deer.