1176 Ferry St, Marshfield, MA 02050, USA
Owned By: Town of Marshfield
This boat ramp provides access to the South River for both paddlers and motor boats. It is owned by the Town of Marshfield. Across the South River is Humarock, part of the town of Scituate.
Tide Math: High tide at the Marshfield Town Landing is about 30 minutes after the Boston high tide.
Launching ramp and town float on the South River near Humarock. Drift upstream with an incoming tide for a short paddle up to the back side of Rexhame Beach, or ride the incoming tide all the way up to the South River kayak and canoe launch off Rt 139 at the Francis Keville Footbridge. Motorboats put in here to go out to Massachusetts Bay. Upstream the river has less motorboat traffic and is more conducive to paddling.
You can set off from here to go clamming downstream on the South River (clamflats can be accessed two hours before and after low tides). Trail Guide link above shows the areas available for recreational shellfishing in the South River. The clam flats in both the North and South Rivers are open from November 1 to May 31st. If there is a Red Tide, they may close sooner.
Habitats and Wildlife
The South River, like the North River, is a beautiful tidal estuary where wildlife abounds! Paddling or boating on this estuary allows you to go shellfishing, fishing or just exploring. Downstream there are salt marshes and numerous creeks, host to egrets and blue heron. You might even see a bald eagle! Soft shell clams, better known as “steamers,” hardshell clams, as well as razor clams can be found in the tidal flats, and can be harvested with a permit between November 1ts and May 31st.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Size: 1 acre
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Public parking for cars. Trailer parking requires daily or annual launch sticker from Marshfield Harbormaster.
Cost: Free for cars. Trailers require sticker.
Trail Difficulty: No trails.
Boat launch and ramp.
Boat Ramp: Yes
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes