Launching from Green Harbor in Marshfield MA

Getting access to the water, having a safe place to park the car (that doesn’t cost a arm and leg) and decent conditions at low tide and high tide, I know the visitors to this blog are looking for this information. If you can find fun and interesting places to paddle to within range of your starting point, great! A lot of the areas I’ve been going on this blog have been in the nature of “getting away from it all”, looking for the quiet places with my camera where I can find the migrating birds, swimming muskrat and beaver, unobstructed views of spring flowers or fall foliage.  On this trip I was traveling a busy commercial, sport waterway with many nearby boats, moored, under way, coming and going; Power boats, sailboats, rowboats   kayaks, fishing trawlers and windsurfers. The piers and docks, the breakwater and the cottages. Private beaches, and public ones

Old WWII coastal artillery spotting towers and seaside restaurants.Green Harbor Marshfield

The information I got from the Harbor-masters office is that parking for car-top boaters in the parking lot is good in the single vehicle spaces, do not use the double length spaces which are reserved for vehicles with trailers. Weekends are very busy in the summer and there may not be any single spaces available. At the end of the pier there is a gravel beach where kayaks can be launched at any time of the tide.

I’d like to say that I find the people running Green Harbor the friendliest towards small boaters I encountered so far, as evidenced by this.

A life-jacket loaner rack, honor system. What nice people!

From the gravel beach at the end of the pier; to the right is a tidal salt water estuary and to the left is the channel out to the bay. If you head out the channel and into Cape Cod Bay, at the end of the breakwater you have the choice of going north to Marshfield or south towards Duxbury Beach. I headed north today.

Curious thing. A few minutes north, a RV park on the waters edge. Considering the severity of the winter storms here I would guess that the park is seasonal.

Cormorants, a black bird that fishes by diving into the water and which can spend several minutes swimming underwater catching its prey, perch on the rocks catching the sun.

Coming out from the shore is a natural rock formation, quite popular as a fishing spot since I was a teenager. As these young divers show, tall enough to dive from.More photos of kids diving.

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About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. Tea Party supporter. Do like to kayak, cook, take photos, bike, watch old movies and read.
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2 Responses to Launching from Green Harbor in Marshfield MA

  1. Bill Gannon says:

    Thanks for the info. I have been wanting to kayak in this area for a while, and will finally do so this summer.

  2. Recently the Green Harbor area has been plagued with excess seaweed, piling up on the shore and rotting. They have been looking for volunteers to help with the removal, sorry to say that last two weeks I’ve been unable to free up the time.
    I don’t know what the harbor and beaches look like now, if you go drop a word.

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