New England Boating TV: Bass River, MA
July 12, 2013
In the next episode of New England Boating TV, airing Monday at 7:00 p.m. on NESN, the crew visits Bass River on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
This scenic river flows for 11 miles between the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis before entering Nantucket Sound. Best of all, it offers plenty of fun things to do for recreational boaters, and serves as a convenient jumping-off spot for trips to Nantucket, Chatham, Monomoy, Hyannis and Martha’s Vineyard.
Along the way they’ll show you what you need to know as a boater when visiting the Bass River, including a rundown on the local launch ramps, marinas, fuel docks, transient dockage and more.
They’ll also take you on a tour of the Bass River Marina, grab a bite to eat at the Summer Shanty, fish the Monomoy rips for stripers, kayak the lower river, and go tubing with a local family.
While you’re waiting, here’s more to whet your appetite for boating the Bass River!
Notes on the Bass River:
The Bass River, which separates the towns of Dennis and Yarmouth, flows for 11 miles from Mill Pond to Nantucket Sound. It is tidal for the entire length, and the current can really rip in and out—something to keep in mind when boating and paddling here.
The river is also shallow in spots and riddled with sandbars, so pay attention to the channel markers and take it slow (most of the river is a no-wake zone anyway). The lower river has no less than 4 public launch ramps, the largest and best being the town ramp at the mouth of the river, on the west shore. This is a 2-lane ramp with lots of parking, tie-up floats and immediate access to the lower river and the Sound. Even very large boats can launch here on all tides. Daily fee is $8.
For transient dockage, contact the Bass River Marina (in Dennis, just north of the Rte. 28 bridge), or Ship Shops and the town marina at Packet Landing, on the Yarmouth side. Bass River Marina is also where you’ll find the Summer Shanty, a great, laidback dock-and-dine option with an outdoor porch and patio. Tie-up is free at the marina for restaurant patrons.
The Bass River is an outstanding paddling destination, as long as you time the tides right and watch the wind forecast. You can rent kayaks or launch your own at the lovely park next to the Rt. 28 bridge, on the Dennis side. Bass River Kayaks can set you up with a rental and all you need for a short paddle or a full day on the river. If you want to bring your own kayak, you can launch it here and park for free. You can head north to explore the quiet upper reaches of the river or paddle south toward the mouth, where you’ll find some beautiful, well-protected beaches to hang out on inside the river.
Here are a few photos of the river, taken over the last few days. Hopefully they’ll inspire you to visit this great Cape Cod boating destination!