Russells Mills Landing

Located at the quiet head of the Slocums River in Dartmouth, Russells Mills Landing is a fantastic destination for paddlers and parkgoers of all ages. Set off on a kayaking adventure down the river, or stop here during a bike ride along South Dartmouth’s spectacular backroads. Even if you simply want to sit, relax, and soak up a peaceful view, Russells Mills Landing is a perfect spot.


ducks land on the Slocums River in Dartmouth

From the grassy park at Russells Mills Landing, take in a peaceful view of wildlife on the Slocums River.

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.

Property Owned By
Size: 1.5 acres
Hours: 6am to 10pm
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Cost: Free
Dogs: No
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch, Picnic Tables, Playground
Boat Ramp: Yes (shoreline)
Lifeguards: No
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
50 Horseneck Rd.
Dartmouth, MA 02748
41.568808, -71.005694

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Russells Mills Landing
Dartmouth, MA
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