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Welcome to the Bass River! Here are some fun facts and some great resources to help you explore and enjoy this great river.

Towns in the Bass River Watershed:

  • South Dennis

  • West Dennis

  • South Yarmouth

Major Tributaries:

The Weir Creek, Labans Pond, Dinahs Pond, Mill Pond, Hamblins Brook, Muddy Creek

Relevant River Information

Environmental Concerns for the Bass


As of 2020, the biggest environmental concerns for the Bass River includes rising nitrogen levels, due to the installation of septic tanks in the surrounding towns. The rise of nitrogen levels causes an increased growth of algae, which depletes the nutrients in the water. (Eutrophication) To learn more about environmental challenges currently facing the Bass River, click here and here.




Additional Facts


Did You Know?:

  • According to Friends of Bass River, “Though never proven, some historians believe that Follins Pond might have been Vinland, the winter home of Viking explorer Leif Ericson.”





Here are some great organizations that help keep this river clean, healthy and fun to enjoy:

Click an icon below to learn more about Bass River activities
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Swimming
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Hiking, Walk & Run
Paddling
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Boating & Sailing
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Fishing

To learn more about Bass River’s events, click here.

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Swimming

Where to go Swimming

 

It is safe to swim, although there are some locations which swimming is prohibited by the town of Yarmouth. These locations include the Route 28 Bass River Bridge, the Highbank Bridge or the Penn Central Bridge. To learn more, click here.  

  • Where can you swim?  When can you swim?  What organization has information about this?

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Hiking, Walking, Running

Where to go on a walk, run, hike, or bike ride

 

Where are there nice walks along this river?  

  • Dennis: Indian Lands Conservation Area provides a peaceful place to walk or enjoy the scenery of the Bass River. 

  • South Yarmouth: Keegan and Wilbur Park

Biking

  • Cape Cod Rail Trail. This bike path travels from South Yarmouth all the way to Wellfleet, spanning over 25 miles. It briefly crosses over the Bass River.

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Paddling

Where to go paddling (listed in direction of upstream to downstream)

 

West Dennis:

  • Bass River Kayaks and Paddle Boards. For more info, click here.

South Yarmouth:

  • Bass River Yacht Club has powerboat rentals. More info here.

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Boating & Sailing

 
Where to go Boating

You can take both big and small boats, as the Bass also provides access to Nantucket Sound. 

  • Where are the put-ins and parking

    • West Dennis: Horsefoot Cove. Concrete ramp for boats. No fee, space for 9 trailers and 4 cars. Directions here

    • West Dennis: Nantucket Sea Farms. Concrete ramp, no fee. Available for fishing or boating. Parking has space for 8 trailers and 3 cars. 

    • West Dennis: Bass River Park

    • Yarmouth: Keegan Boat Ramp. Parking for 16 trailers and 10 cars. 

  • Information about Rentals 

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Fishing

Where to go Fishing
 

There are many opportunities to fish on the Bass River. To learn from the friends of Bass River about what to know before fishing on the Bass, click here.

Locations? 

  • West Dennis:

    • Nantucket Sea Farms. Concrete ramp, no fee. Available for fishing or boating. Parking has space for 8 trailers and 3 cars. 

  • Dennis:

    • Horsefoot Cove has fisherman access with free parking for 9 trailers and 4 cars.  

  • South Yarmouth:

  • Yarmouth:

    • Keegan Boat Ramp. Parking for 16 trailers and 10 cars. No Fee. 

  • Yarmouth: