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Anglers know that Buzzards Bay offers some of the best fishing in the Northeast. Saltwater fishing is fun for all ages and easy for anybody to try. All you need is a Massachusetts recreational saltwater permit and some simple gear, and you’ll be ready to go fishing! Head down to your local pier, or cast a line from the beach at sunset. Want to get out on the Bay’s open waters? Find a charter service, and you’ll be searching for stripers, scup, and sea bass in no time.

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great egret wading in the West Branch of the Westport 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
Woman and child wading in water at Apponagansett Park
77 Gulf Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Apponagansett Park in 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
75 Gulf Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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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 (seasonal)
Beach roses growing in the dunes along the rocky piece of the Barges Beach shoreline
Gosnold County Rd., Gosnold, MA 02713
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Local history and natural beauty come together on Barges Beach, a one-of-a-kind barrier beach on the east end of Cuttyhunk Island.

Size: 24 acres
Parking: None
Facilities: None
Pocasset Harbor from Barlows Landing in Bourne
498 Barlows Landing Rd., 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
White sandy shores on Bassetts Island in Bourne, with views of sailboats in the distance
Bassetts Island, Bourne, MA 02559
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Have an island adventure on the pristine beaches and shallow waters of Bourne's Bassetts Island.

Parking: None
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch (shoreline), Picnic Tables
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
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
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
A red kayak traveling up the marsh channels of Broad Marsh Conservation Area
Great Neck Rd., Wareham, MA 02751
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Surround yourself with bird-filled salt marshes on a paddle through this water access-only preserve in Wareham.

Parking: None
Facilities: None
Small floating dock at the pier attached to Bull Island, in Naushon's Hadley Harbor.
Gosnold, MA 02543
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Take a peaceful picnic or stretch your legs with a picturesque walk on Bull Island, nestled inside Naushon’s Hadley Harbor.

Parking: None
Facilities: Dock (floating)
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
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)
people walk along Cherry & Webb Beach in Westport
168 Cherry and Webb Ln., Westport, MA 02791
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With rolling waves and a long, sandy shoreline, Cherry & Webb Beach is a favorite summer destination for Westport residents.

Size: 80 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Bicycle Rack
kids playing on Church's Beach on Cuttyhunk Island
Blue Heron Drive, Cuttyhunk, MA 02713
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Take an island excursion to Cuttyhunk and discover Church's Beach, a Buzzards Bay paradise with crystal-clear waters.

Parking: None (boat and foot access only)
Facilities: None
Calm, shallow water at beach at Demarest Lloyd in Dartmouth
101 Barneys Joy Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth is a true gem for beachgoers, explorers, and Buzzards Bay lovers of all ages.

Size: 200 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
sandy shoreline at East Beach in New Bedford
1076 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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A wide, sandy beach on outer New Bedford Harbor, East Beach is a summertime destination for city families.

Parking: Large paved parking lots; additional street parking
Facilities: Pier (asphalt), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
rocky shoreline at East Beach in Westport
198 East Beach Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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This rocky stretch in Westport offers stunning views of the Elizabeth Islands across the Bay’s sparkling waters.

Parking: Sandy/gravel parking along East Beach Road; resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: None

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