West Island

Fairhaven, Massachusetts 2719

West Island

West Island Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Circumnavigate an island with a variety of salt marshes and rocky shores.

The shore of Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, has three public landings that launch boaters into semi-sheltered Nasketucket Bay. The 350-acre West Island State Reservation allows a pleasant circumnavigation around a mix of salt marsh, beach, and a few rocks. Much of the bay is shallow and boulder-strewn, asterisks dotting the chart, which might help reduce the motorized recreational boat traffic, but poses little hazard to paddlers in calm seas.

Buzzards Bay is known for its chop, which often increases with the afternoon sea breeze. Keep this in mind as you venture south, and be prepared to forgo circling the island if the winds and chop have picked up more than you would like."

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Trail Information

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8 nautical miles
Mean tide range of 3.7 feet. Aside from the obvious flow in and out of Nesketucket Bay, current floods northeast into Buzzards Bay and ebbs southwest. Some areas flat-out at low tide, especially around the launch in Little Bay. Pass beneath the West Island bridge with the current or within an hour of slack.
Tidal Information
Buzzards Bay can get choppy, especially when an afternoon sea breeze kicks up, and even more so when that wind opposes tidal current.
NOAA chart #13232; Maptech #5
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