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Duxbury Town Pier

35 Mattakeeset Ct, Duxbury, MA, USA

Duxbury Harbormaster: (781) 934-2866

https://www.town.duxbury.ma.us/harbormastershellfish-constable

Owned By: Town of Duxbury

Also known as the Mattakeeset Court Town Landing, this spot is home to the Duxbury Harbormaster. Located on Duxbury Bay, between the Duxbury Yacht Club and the Duxbury Bay Maritime School. Features a public launch ramp.

Set off from here for shellfishing in Duxbury Bay. Visit the Duxbury Harbormaster’s website for information about recreational shellfishing permits.

Features

This land is within the region of the Patuxet Wampanoag tribe. To learn more about local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mashpee Wampanoag and the Herring Pond Wampanoag share information on their websites.

The Duxbury Town Pier is located on Mattakeeset Court. It is an access point for Clark’s Island, in Duxbury Bay. Prior to European contact, the Mattakeesets, a subset of the Massachusett tribe, were well-established in the areas around the North River and Pembroke’s ponds. According to Sheila Lynch-Benntinen’s presentation “Clark’s Island Archaeology & Some Native History,” during King Philip’s War, European settlers — fearing an insurrection — used Clark’s Island as an internment camp, capturing and imprisoning Native American boys and men. There are no records of these men  after the war. It’s likely they did not survive their captivity, or were sold into enslavement.

Habitats and Wildlife

Located on Duxbury Bay.

  • A photograph of a bench overlooking a pier on the ocean, with a building in the distance.
  • A photograph of a large boat ramp on a bay.
  • A photograph of a large boat ramp and a pier on a bay with a building in the distance.
  • A photograph of a small grey shed.
  • A photograph of a large paved parking area.
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  • A photograph of bench beside a paved pathway, overlooking a bay.
35 Mattakeeset Ct, Duxbury, MA, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: No

Hours: Hours vary.

Parking: Limited on-site parking.

Facilities:

Seasonal public restrooms, public boat launch ramp, benches, trash receptacles. The launch ramp is best used at higher tides.

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: Yes

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Duxbury Bay (Atlantic Ocean)