2205 Main St, Marshfield, MA 02050, USA
Owned By: Roht Marine
Combined marina locations on both sides of the bridge offer numerous amenities. These include gas, bait, tackle, supplies, boat rentals, a shoreside pump-out facility, and a restaurant. Enjoy fried clams on the deck while watching the boat traffic, or the sunset! There is a launch ramp suitable for canoes, kayaks, and motor boats.
Tide Math: High tide at Roht Marine is about 25 minutes after the Boston high tide. Set off from here to go clamming!
Shellfishing Update: Effective March 15th, 2023, the North River shellfish beds in Marshfield and Scituate are temporarily closed, due to a sewer discharge event in Rockland. They will remain closed for at least 21 days. Check this space for updates. 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. (In 2023, some areas opened on January 1st and others will open on March 1st.) See this recent update on North River Shellfishing for locations.
On the Marshfield side: the Rogers Family built ships at this location from 1794 to 1809. Peleg Rogers built the Argo (1795, 221 tons), a double decker with three masts. Also the schooner Reindeer (1798, 20 tons); the brigantine George Washington (1800, 131 tons); the schooner Ruby (1800, 28 tons); and the schooner Trail ((1804, 94 tons). The 1720 family home, presently a Bed & Breakfast, still stands.
Later the property was owned by the Damon family. Mary Damon operated a boat yard here in the early 1900s, known as Mary’s Boat Yard. Another Mary — Mary Duane Williams — ran Mary’s Boat Livery on this site from 1948 to 1986. Then Mary’s daughter Jane Duffy and her husband John took over the business. Roht Marine purchased the property in 2012.
NSRWA offers ecological and historic boat tours from this site.
On the Scituate side: this property was formerly known as North River Marine.
Habitats and Wildlife
Watch for the occasional harbor seal in the water. Bald eagles nest nearby, so you may see adult or young eagles. Also watch for the peregrine falcons, which sometimes chase terns.
The North River rises from marshes and springs in Weymouth, Rockland and Hanson. It is approximately 10 miles in length, with its source at the confluence of the Indian Head River (Hanover) and Herring Brook (Pembroke). From there it flows through the towns of Hanover, Pembroke, Marshfield, Norwell, and Scituate to the Atlantic Ocean between Third and Fourth Cliffs, draining approximately 59,000 acres along the way.
Historic Site: Yes
Boat Launch: Yes
Size: 3 acres
Hours: Monday - Sunday • 8 am - 9pm
Parking: Private marina with limited parking.
Cost: Fee required to launch a boat or to park.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Boat ramp, seasonal restaurant, restrooms.
Boat Ramp: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: North River