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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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a family walks down the sand at Silvershell Beach in Marion
1 Front St., Marion, MA 02738
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With pretty views and peaceful waters, Silvershell Beach is a favorite summer spot for families in Marion.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; Marion or Rochester resident privilege sticker required to park at all times
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Playground
view of the Slocums River from the Slocum's River Reserve in Dartmouth
285 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Soak up the spectacular natural beauty of the Slocums River at the Slocum’s River Reserve in South Dartmouth.

Size: 47 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Two people walking along the water's edge at South Shore Beach in Little Compton
South Shore Rd., Little Compton, RI 02837
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Swim, soak up the sun, cast out a fishing line, or take a long walk along the rock-scattered shore at this Little Compton beach.

Size: 9.6 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Kayak launch (shoreline), RV camping with town permit
sandy shoreline of Squeteague Harbor Beach in Cataumet
18 Squeteague Harbor Rd., Bourne, MA 02534
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Peaceful, scenic Squeteague Harbor Beach is tucked into a quiet corner of Cataumet in Bourne.

Parking: Limited parking along beachway off Squeteague Harbor Road
Facilities: Trash
View of Buzzards Bay from Stony Beach in Falmouth.
38 Gosnold Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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A small, hidden gem tucked away from the crowds, Stony Beach embodies Woods Hole’s low-key style.

Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Shower
woman and little girl looking at sand at Swifts Neck Beach in Wareham
15 Roby St., Wareham, MA 02571
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The mixture of sand and grass along Swifts Neck Beach give this cozy neighborhood beach in Wareham a natural feel.

Size: 2.1 acres
Parking: Two large paved parking lots; fee to park May 1 to October 1
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Restrooms (seasonal)
Trees in fall colors behind the sandy beach at Naushon Island's Tarpaulin Cove
Gosnold, MA 02713
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Swim, kayak, snorkel, and beachcomb while enjoying a sweeping lighthouse view Tarpaulin Cove Beach, a public beach on private Naushon Island.

Facilities: None
Boats tied up at Taylor Point Marina with a view of the Cape Cod Canal railroad bridge
1 Academy Dr., Bourne, MA 02532
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Located at the head of Buzzards Bay, Taylor Point Marina offers a superb access point for boaters to explore the Bay or journey through the Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (space for vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Pier/Dock (wood), Public Restrooms (open May 1-October 31), Private Restrooms (open year-round), Showers, Ice, Trash, Fuel, Marine Store
boaters putting boat on trailer at Tempest Knob ramp in Wareham
30 Oak St., Wareham, MA 02571
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Embark into the Wareham River and upper Buzzards Bay from Tempest Knob, a town-owned public boat ramp in Wareham.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Dock (wood/floating)
sunset over The Knob in Falmouth
36 Quissett Harbor Rd., Falmouth, MA 02543
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Catch a breathtaking sunset over Buzzards Bay from the protected shores at The Knob in Falmouth.

Size: 12 acres
Parking: Limited parking at the end of Quissett Harbor Road
Facilities: None
rocky shoreline of The Knubble in Westport
Beach Ave., Westport, MA 02791
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The tall, rocky outcropping and panoramic water views at The Knubble beach in Westport are a treasure for local residents.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Limited parking in designated areas (the easternmost end of Beach Avenue is periodically closed); resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: None
Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge from Tidal Flats Recreation Area in Bourne
33 Canal Service Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Explore the Cape Cod Canal from Tidal Flats Recreation Area in Bourne, located at the foot of the iconic railroad bridge.

Parking: Two medium-sized paved parking areas
Facilities: Trash, Picnic Table, Restrooms (seasonal)
A motorboat pulled onto the sandy beach of Weepecket Island
Gosnold, MA 02543
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Discover island adventures on the untamed shores of the Weepecket Islands, a small island chain north of Naushon.

Parking: None
Facilities: Kayak launch (shoreline)
A small stream cutting across West Beach on Naushon Island
Gosnold, MA 02713
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Enjoy unrivaled seclusion on sandy shores along a wildlife-rich salt marsh at West Beach, a public beach on private Naushon Island.

Facilities: None
sandy shoreline of West Beach in New Bedford
200 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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West Beach in New Bedford is well-known for its clear, calm waters, where families can splash and play on Clarks Cove.

Parking: Roadside parking open 6am-9pm; additional parking in Hazelwood Park
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Bicycle Rack, Trash
West Falmouth Town Dock
55 Old Dock Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Boaters and anglers can launch on a Buzzards Bay adventure from the public ramp and town dock on West Falmouth Harbor.

Parking: Limited vehicle parking at the town dock; Medium-sized gravel parking area on Old Dock Road by bike path (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Dock (wood/floating), Trash
trail along Nasketucket Bay at West Island State Reservation
163 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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West Island State Reservation's pristine coastal habitats offer a natural retreat that outdoor enthusiasts will love.

Size: 338 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area by trailhead
Facilities: None
lookout tower at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven
2 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Set next to windswept salt marshes on West Island, this Fairhaven beach is a paradise for outdoors lovers.

Size: 13.8 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
West Beach next to boat ramp in New Bedford's South End
519 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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This public boat ramp in New Bedford’s South End offers boaters, paddlers, and anglers access to scenic Clarks Cove.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp
A group of kayakers in the Weweantic River at the state boat ramp.
I-195, Wareham, MA 02576
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Explore the Weweantic River in a small boat, kayak, or paddleboard from the Route 195 state boat ramp in Wareham.

Parking: Large paved parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Visitor Center (seasonal)

Upcoming Events

Fall Family Portraits
Sat, October 19
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Acushnet Sawmill,
Acushnet
Fall Tree Walk
Sat, October 19
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Lloyd Center for the Environment,
Dartmouth
Haskell Public Gardens Plant Sale
Sat, October 19
9:00AM - 1:00PM
Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens,
New Bedford

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A guide to Buzzards Bay islands you can explore

Though they may not have palm trees or coconuts, these 12 islands around Buzzards Bay do have beautiful views, fascinating histories, and exciting adventures to take on.

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