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Weymouth Landing Access Ramp

Weymouth-Fore River Canoe Access, Fore River Riverwalk, Weymouth, MA 02188, USA

(781) 682-6124

https://weymouthma.myrec.com/info/facilities/details.aspx?FacilityID=8007

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.

Features

PFDs (personal flotation devices) required for all paddlers between September 15 and May 15. Swimming is prohibited year-round.

Trail Description

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.

Weymouth-Fore River Canoe Access, Fore River Riverwalk, Weymouth, MA 02188, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: No

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: On-site parking for 10 cars. Reserved for car-top boat access.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Facilities:

Benches, trash receptacles, picnic tables, access ramp for car-top boats.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Fore River

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