67 Bridge St, Norwell, MA 02061, USA
Owned By: Town of Norwell
The Union Street Bridge spans the North River from Union Street in Marshfield to Bridge Street in Norwell. On the Norwell side, there is a Town Landing with a ramp for boats (residents only). This is also the starting line for the NSRWA’s annual Great River Race. On the Marshfield side, there is a launch for canoes and kayaks. On the water in this area, be aware of swift currents and low bridge clearance.
Tide Math: High tide at the Norwell Town Landing is about 60-90 minutes after the Boston high tide.
NORTH, SOUTH, & HERRING RIVER SHELLFISH BEDS REMAIN CLOSED! Due to a recently-enforced (2020) federal regulation regarding proximity to wastewater treatment plants, the North, South and Herring Rivers will not re-open this year. Historically, you could set off from here to go clamming. (See the North River Shellfishing Map for locations.) The clam flats in both the North and South Rivers are typically open from November 1 to May 31st. If there is a Red Tide, they may close sooner. They are not open this year.
For a few short years beginning in 1893, the North River Boat Club stood immediately adjacent to this site. This was a social club, with races, dances, dinners, and other entertainment held through much of the year. The clubhouse measured 20 x 30 feet, with an awning-covered 10-foot platform in the front, and a narrower platform along the sides. There was a float moored in the river, to which sailboats, rowboats and canoes could pull up. The club ceased to operate after the 1898 Portland Gale, when increased tidal flooding required its boat house to be moved to Winter Street.
The remains of a North River ferry boat are visible from the northern bank of the river, just upstream from here on the Norwell side, at dead low tide. (Water access only.)
The landings on both sides of the Union Street Bridge are ideal places to launch your canoe or kayak. Be aware that there is a tide delay — 1 to 1.5 hours after the Boston high tide.
Suggested paddling excursions from this location (timing is approximate and depends quite a bit on wind, tide, and your own strength and stamina):
• Put your boat in the water around the time of ocean low tide and paddle downstream to Cove Creek. Explore the creek and then return with the rising tide upstream to your starting place. (2+ hours)
• Put your boat in the water about 2 hours before ocean low tide and paddle downstream to Damon’s Point and the North River estuary. Then ride the rising tide back upstream to your starting place. (2.5+ hours)
• Put your boat in the water 1-2 hours before ocean high tide and head upstream to Couch Beach. Stretch your legs at Couch Beach and then return with the slack/receding tide. (3+ hours)
• Stage a second vehicle at Damon’s Point or Driftway Conservation Park. Return to Marshfield Launch and put your boat in the water 2-3 hours after ocean high tide, then take a one-way trip with the outgoing tide to your second vehicle. (1-2 hours)
• Stage a second vehicle at Pembroke Town Forest or Hanover Public Launch. Return to Marshfield Launch and put your boat in the water 2-4 hours before ocean high tide, then take a cone-way trip with the incoming tide to your second vehicle. (3-4+ hours)
Habitats and Wildlife
This property is located directly on the North River.
Historic Site: Yes
Boat Launch: Yes
Hours: 8 am - 8 pm. To access earlier in the morning call town of Norwell.
Parking: Limited on-site parking for Norwell residents. Green Norwell recycling sticker required.
Cost: Free with sticker.
Trail Difficulty: No trails.
Boat Ramp: Yes
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: North River