Owned By: Town of Marshfield
Marshfield Conservation owns Bourne Island, a 6 acres of upland surrounded by 75 acres of salt marsh. There is a large lagoon with access from the South River, which is a perfect place for paddlers to take a break. Water access only.
While paddling on the South River, it’s easy to miss the Bourne Island Lagoon, unless you know where to look. We recommend carrying a map. What appears to be a marsh creek opens up into a large round pond-like area, surrounded primarily by salt marsh.
This Marshfield Conservation property used to include a trail that led along a narrow strip of upland, through the marsh, to an overlook of the lagoon. Unfortunately, due to vandalism, the trail — which has become significantly overgrown with briers — is closed to the public until further notice.
Habitats and Wildlife
The Bourne Island Lagoon is the perfect place to pause while paddling a canoe or kayak. Let yourself rest, while floating in the still water, and admire the birds who make their home along the river and marsh. There is a stand of cedars to one side as you enter the lagoon. Look for the otter den at the water’s edge.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 81 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: No public parking available.
Trail Difficulty: No trails.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: South River