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.
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.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: 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.
No facilities. Please take all trash with you when you go.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Gulf River