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With deep forests, rocky coasts, and rich salt marshes, Buzzards Bay is a haven for wildlife of all types. Migratory birds flock to our shores along the Atlantic Flyway, while frogs and salamanders thrive in the vernal pools that pop up in our woods each spring. So grab a pair of binoculars and visit one of these places to seek out our region’s special birds and wildlife.

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inner West Branch of the Wesport River
310 Westport Harbor Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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This quiet boat launch in Westport is the perfect place to begin a paddling adventure on the Westport River West Branch.

Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
great blue heron on the Agawam River in autumn
20 Knowles Ave., Wareham, MA 02538
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The Agawam River Trail in East Wareham offers a peaceful stroll, vistas of the Agawam River, and a paddling launch.

Size: 8.5 acres
Parking: Small parking area along the end of Knowles Avenue
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
rocky shoreline of Buzzards Bay at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth
1280 Horseneck Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth protects a delicate coastal ecosystem and provides a top-notch spot for birding.

Size: 611 acres
Parking: Three medium-sized gravel/grass parking areas on Horseneck Road and Allens Neck Road
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Bicycle Rack
Woman and child wading in water at Apponagansett Park
77 Gulf Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Apponagansett Park in South Dartmouth is a fun summertime destination that truly offers something for everybody.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Food/Concession
Arthur F. Dias Town Landing at Apponagansett Park in Dartmouth
Dartmouth, MA
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The Arthur F. Dias Town Landing provides boaters with easy access to beautiful Apponagansett Bay in South Dartmouth.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Food/Concession
Pocasset Harbor from Barlows Landing in Bourne
498 Barlows Landing Road, Bourne, MA 02559
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Whether you’re ready to go boating, paddling, or swimming, you’ll find a place to play at Barlows Landing in Bourne.

Parking: Medium-sized paved vehicle parking area with additional gravel parking for vehicles and trailers
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (concrete), Kayak Launch, Picnic Table, Trash, Bicycle Rack
man fishing from sport fishing pier at Besse Park in Wareham
81 Main St., Wareham, MA 02571
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Besse Park’s sport fishing pier in Wareham Center is a hotspot for local anglers looking for stripers and snapper blues.

Size: 1.56 acres
Parking: Small paved parking lot
Facilities: Pier (wood), Dock (floating), Trash, Picnic Table
view of Assawompset Pond from Betty's Neck in Lakeville
Bog Access Road, Lakeville, MA 02347
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Betty’s Neck in Lakeville offers miles of secluded trails and expansive freshwater views in the heart of the protected Assawompset Pond Complex.

Size: 350 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Visitor Center (limited hours)
Big Sandy Pond in Plymouth in winter
20 Gunning Point Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
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The deep, clear waters of Big Sandy Pond in Plymouth are a delight for freshwater anglers.

Size: 134 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp
people walking through Birch Island Conservation Area
Station Street, Wareham, MA 02571
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Birch Island in Wareham isn’t actually an island. But with river views in every direction, you might mistake it for one!

Size: 20 acres
Parking: Medium sized parking area at the end of Station Street
Facilities: None
oil barge and tugs on Cape Cod Canal from bikeway
145 Sandwich Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Bourne Recreation Area is a gateway to fishing, walking, and bicycling along scenic Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic tables, Trash
a little boy holds a magnifying glass to his face in the forest at Bourne Sisters Woodland
221 County Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Discover quiet, hilly woods that feel forgotten by time at Bourne Sisters Woodland in Bourne.

Size: 22 acres
Parking: Small parking area on the east side of County Road; additional parking across the road at the Leary Property
Facilities: None
sandy beach at Brainard Marsh in Marion
344 Delano Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Take a short, scenic walk to the sandy shores of the Weweantic River at Brainard Marsh in Marion.

Size: 6.1 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area
Facilities: Bicycle Rack
two people looking out over a salt marsh from an observation platform at Brandt Island Cove District in Mattapoisett
Anchorage Way, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Discover spectacular coastal scenery among protected woods and wetlands at Brandt Island Cove District in Mattapoisett.

Size: 132 acres
Parking: Roadside parking at the end of Anchorage Way and Whalers Way
Facilities: None
ducks in the pond at Brooklawn Park
1997 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA 02745
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Located in the urban North End of New Bedford, Brooklawn Park is refuge for local residents seeking some fresh air.

Size: 85 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; additional on-street parking around the park
Facilities: Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
dog retrieving a ball in Buttonwood Park
425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, MA 02740
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Known as the “crown jewel” of New Bedford, Buttonwood Park is an oasis of nature and recreation in the city.

Size: 97 acres
Parking: Two large paved parking lots (open 6am-10pm); additional on-street parking around the park
Facilities: Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
a man fishes from the shore of Cape Cod Canal next to the railroad bridge in Bourne
110 Main St., Bourne, MA 02532
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Explore the Cape Cod Canal from Buzzards Bay Recreation Area in Bourne, located at the foot of the iconic railroad bridge.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
people bicycling and fishing along Cape Cod Canal next to the railroad bridge in Bourne
Canal Service Road, Bourne, MA 02532
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If you want to take an easygoing, scenic bike ride, look no further than the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway in Bourne.

Size: 7 miles north side/6.5 miles south side
Parking: Medium/Large paved parking areas at all recreation areas along bikeway
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
mill pond on the Herring River at Carter Beal Conservation Area in Bourne
20 Bournedale Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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From the fish ladder to the glacial moraine, explore Bourne's natural history at Carter Beal Conservation Area.

Size: 29.7 acres
Parking: Small dirt parking area
Facilities: Benches, Trash
people sitting in the sand on a sunny day at Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth
158 Chapoquoit Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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“Chappy,” as locals call Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth, is a sandy, secluded spot far from Cape Cod's crowds.

Size: 1.6 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Shower (seasonal)

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