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From young beginners to expert fishers, anglers of all ages will enjoy freshwater fishing in Buzzards Bay’s ponds and streams. If you’re an outdoor explorer seeking a peaceful respite, venture into the woods for a tranquil morning of catch-and-release fly fishing for native brook trout. Or zip around your favorite pond in a bass boat with friends in search of your next big catch. Curious kids can cast a line by the water’s edge for pumpkinseeds and perch. (Anglers under 15 don’t even need a freshwater fishing license!) Wherever you’re located, you can find a perfect freshwater fishing spot in southeastern Massachusetts.

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A man paddling a kayak away from the Agawam Mill Pond Boat Launch in Wareham
2844 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, MA 02571
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Glide down the tranquil Agawam River for a long paddle or a freshwater fishing trip from Agawam Mill Pond Boat Launch in Wareham.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, 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
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 freshwater views in the 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 Rd., 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
a woman standing on a rock looking at a stream on the Westport River at Brookside Conservation Area
1013 American Legion Hwy., Westport, MA 02790
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Enjoy the peaceful beauty of Bread and Cheese Brook along Brookside Conservation Area's streamside trail in Westport.

Size: 9 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 3-4 cars) off Route 177
Facilities: None
small footbridge across 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
Mattapoisett River at dusk
81 Mattapoisett Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Hunt for remnants of an old settlement among fields and forest along the Mattapoisett River at Church's Field in Rochester.

Size: 32 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic table
people walking on the trail at Doggett's Brook in Rochester
55 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770
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The Doggett's Brook nature trail tucked into the woods behind the ball fields in Rochester is perfect for a walk after a game.

Size: 100 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area at Dexter Lane Field
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Playground
Fearing Hill Swamp in Wareham.
37 Fearing Hill Rd., Wareham, MA 02571
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Canoe or kayak upstream from Fearing Hill Swamp in Wareham to explore the Weweantic River's protected wooded shores.

Size: 0.2 acres
Parking: Small roadside pull-off
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Trees reflected on the surface of Forge Pond in Westport
235 Forge Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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From fishing to hiking to paddling, discover a variety of activities on this eight-acre Westport property.

Size: 7.8 acres
Parking: Small pull-off area along Forge Road, on north side of Forge Pond
Facilities: None
a wooded pond near sunset at Four Ponds Conservation Area in Bourne
140 Barlows Landing Rd., Pocasset, MA 02559
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Explore tranquil ponds, wetlands, and woods at Bourne's Four Ponds Conservation Area and Town Forest in Pocasset.

Size: 280 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
Profile Rock at Freetown-Fall River State Forest
110 Slab Bridge Rd., Freetown, MA 02702
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For a true adventure, head to vast Freetown-Fall River State Forest, part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

Size: 5,441 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area at forest headquarters; Medium-sized unpaved parking areas at Profile Rock and on Copicut Road and Bell Rock Road; Roadside parking at trailheads throughout forest
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
George E. Wood Memorial Fishermen's Access Ramp in Rochester
487 Neck Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Explore Snipatuit Pond on a canoe, kayak, or small boat from this state launch ramp in Rochester.

Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch
People gathered on the sandy beach and swimming in the waters of Grews Pond, at Goodwill Park in Falmouth
Goodwill Park Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Families flock to Goodwill Park in Falmouth to enjoy grassy lawns and sandy beach along the cool waters of Grews Pond.

Size: 86 acres
Parking: Three free parking areas on Goodwill Park Road
Facilities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Grills, Trash, Pavilion, Playground
Sandy boat ramp leading into the waters of Great Herring Pond Boat Ramp
144 Herring Pond Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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This Bourne boat ramp is a great place to launch paddle crafts or small boats, as well as a popular fishing spot.

Parking: Small unpaved parking lot (space for 6-7 cars) on Little Sandy Pond Road
Facilities: None
Snow on the trail between pines at Halfway Pond WMA
201 Halfway Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
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Venture through deep pine and beech forests that provide a vital lakeside home for Plymouth wildlife.

Size: 124 acres
Parking: Small unpaved pull-off at intersection of Halfway Pond Rd. and Mast Rd.
Facilities: None
The barn and wildflower field at Hamlin Crossing in Acushnet
126 Hamlin St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Hamlin Crossing’s peaceful wildflower meadow and quiet woods in Acushnet are a perfect place for a short, refreshing walk.

Size: 9 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area on Hamlin Street across from entrance
129 Hartley Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Take in scenic water and woodland views around the seven ponds of this wildlife management area in Rochester.

Size: 70 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area off Hartley Road (space for 3-4 cars)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
three people in kayaks on the East Branch of the Westport River at the Head of Westport Town Landing
495 Old County Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Head of Westport Town Landing is a quaint spot for paddlers to begin a journey down the Westport River East Branch.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Small unpaved roadside parking area on Drift Road; Small unpaved parking area off Old County Road; Additional street parking on Old County Road
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch

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