Weymouth-Fore River Canoe Access, Fore River Riverwalk, Weymouth, MA 02188, USA
Owned By: Town of Weymouth
Launch ramp for canoes, kayaks and other car-top boats, on the Fore River. Access to the (1-mile) Monatiquot River Walk. No swimming.
PFDs (personal flotation devices) required for all paddlers between September 15 and May 15. Swimming is prohibited year-round.
This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe. More detailed information about the indigenous tribes that inhabited the Weymouth area can be found at King Oak Hill Park in Weymouth. The remains of Wituwamat and Pecksuot are now interred at Old North Cemetery in Weymouth. To learn more about our local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag shares information on its website.
Follow the Fore River Watershed Association more information about the Monatiquot and Fore Rivers.
From the parking area, turn toward the river. To the left is the start of the Monatiquot River Walk. It extends for 0.2 miles along Smelt Brook and the Fore River to the East Braintree/Weymouth Landing MBTA station. Continue uphill on the zig-zagging paved path to the sidewalk on Quincy Ave. Turn right at the bus shelter, and follow the sidewalk across the river, along Quincy Ave. to Gordon Road. Turn right on Gordon Road and look for the sign that marks the continuance of the Monatiquot River Walk. (The total distance of this “sidewalk” section of the path is about 0.37 miles.)
At Watson Park, the path winds between some athletic courts to the edge of the river. Turn left, and follow the path along the river for another 0.5 miles, to its terminus at Smith Beach. The Watson Park section of the River Walk is known as Lee’s Way. The next section, known as the Francis Toland Memorial Trail, connects to Smith Beach. Dogs and bicycles are not permitted on the Francis Toland Memorial Trail, nor at Smith Beach.
Habitats and Wildlife
The Weymouth Landing Access Ramp is a small grassy spot bordered by oak, birch, linden and sumac trees. It offers a steep concrete access ramp to the Fore River, suitable for canoes, kayaks and other car-top boats. Please do not feed the waterfowl!
Smelt Brook and the Monatiquot River flow together to form the Fore River very close to this spot. The Fore River serves as the boundary line between the towns of Weymouth and Braintree. It flows for about 3 miles, into Quincy, where it meets Town River, and then flows for another 2 miles into Hingham Bay. In ints final few miles, the Fore River is nearly a mile wide in some places.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: On-site parking for 10 cars. Reserved for car-top boat access.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Benches, trash receptacles, picnic tables, access ramp for car-top boats.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Fore River