Bassing Beach

66R7+WQ Scituate, MA, USA

Owned By: Cohasset Conservation Trust

Bassing Beach is a 3/4 mile-long barrier beach that 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.  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.

Long before the arrival of European settlers, the Gulf River was inhabited by members of the Massachusett tribe, who maintained a village on the eastern shore of the river, as well as in Scituate Harbor. To learn more about local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mattakeeset band of the Massachusett, and the Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag, both share information on their websites. 

Beginning around 1640, the Conihasset River (Gulf River) and Cohasset Harbor served as boundary line between the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies.

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.

  • Photograph across the water of a beach island with some scattered trees.
  • Photograph across the water of a small beach island with trees.
  • Photograph across the water of a small beach island with a white cottage on it and some trees.
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 Cohasset Mariners Park on Parker Avenue, both in Cohasset. A Cohasset Sticker is required.

Cost: Free


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

Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Gulf River

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