Waquoit Bay Falmouth Town White's Landing to Washburn Island

Falmouth, Massachusetts

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Waquoit Bay is one of several shallow, narrow bays on the south side of Cape Cod created by receding glaciers and protected by barrier beaches. What makes Waquoit so special is its access to the 355-acre, state-owned Washburn Island, the only place you can camp legally on the water on the Cape. Waquoit is also a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), one of about twenty-five in the country, which is specially protected for research and education. The shallow, warm-water bay averages 3 feet in depth with a maximum of 9 feet in the channel to Vineyard Sound. It is rich in estuary life and is fed by three freshwater rivers and two saltwater inlets. Many quahog rakers wade waist-high in water, digging their toes into the mud or using a plunger basket to suck and scoop up clams. Shellfish have always been plentiful in this bay. In the past, small sloops also put in at Waquoit Bay to get herring for bait for fishing on the Grand Banks.
Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

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Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

by Tamsin Venn (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Waquoit Bay is one of several shallow, narrow bays on the south side of Cape Cod created by receding glaciers and protected by barrier beaches. What makes Waquoit so special is its access to the 355-acre, state-owned Washburn Island, the only place you can camp legally on the water on the Cape. Waquoit is also a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), one of about twenty-five in the country, which is specially protected for research and education.

The shallow, warm-water bay averages 3 feet in depth with a maximum of 9 feet in the channel to Vineyard Sound. It is rich in estuary life and is fed by three freshwater rivers and two saltwater inlets. Many quahog rakers wade waist-high in water, digging their toes into the mud or using a plunger basket to suck and scoop up clams. Shellfish have always been plentiful in this bay. In the past, small sloops also put in at Waquoit Bay to get herring for bait for fishing on the Grand Banks.

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Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Falmouth
Distance: 8
Duration: Day Trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: South Cape Beach State Park, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Station
Local Maps: NOAA #13229 at 1:40,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Waquoit Bay: Falmouth Town (White's) Landing to Washburn Island

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