Bassing Beach

66R7+WQ Scituate, MA, USA

Owned By: Cohasset Conservation Trust

This 3/4 mile-long barrier beach extends into the Gulf River from Scituate and defines the northwest side of Cohasset Harbor. It is only accessible by boat. It is open to the public for passive recreation — including swimming, fishing, paddling and general beach-going.

The cottage is available for short-term rental. Please respect the privacy of the cottage tenants.

Boat access from Cohasset Mariners Park. Visible across the water from Government Island.


According to the Cohasset Conservation Trust, Bassing Beach was established in 1968, when 400 Cohasset residents “contributed funds toward the purchase of 12.5 acres from Parker and Nancy Schofield ‘for consideration’. Each donor received from the Trustees a formal ‘Deed of undivided interest in the enjoyment to be derived from the preservation of the property.'” In 1972, the Schofields granted the Trust another 3 parcels of beach, salt marsh and one cottage.

It became known as Bassing Beach because of the longtime tradition of fishing for bass from this spot.


Habitats and Wildlife

Bassing Beach is located on the Gulf River at Cohasset Harbor. It features beach, salt marsh and some upland forest. It is bounded on the south by Bailey Creek and a tidal creek called Four Score Ditch.

The Gulf River originates in North Scituate. Joined by Musquashcut Brook and Bound Brook, it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Cohasset Harbor.

66R7+WQ Scituate, MA, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: Yes

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 3/4 mile

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Parking is available at Government Island and at the public ramp on Parker Avenue, both in Cohasset. A Cohasset Sticker is required.

Cost: Free


No facilities. Please take all trash with you when you go.

Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Gulf River

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