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Towns in the Jones River Watershed:

  • Duxbury

  • ​Halifax

  • ​Kingston

  • Pembroke

  • ​Plymouth

  • ​Plympton

Major Tributaries:

  • Fountainhead Brook

  • Furnace Brook

  • ​Halls Brook

  • Jones River Brook

  • Pine Brook

  • Russell Brook

  • ​Smelt Brook

  • Stony Brook

What's happening in the Jones River Watershed?
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Organizations working in the Jones River Watershed​:

Jones River Watershed Association

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Environmental Concerns for the Jones River


The Jones River suffers from extreme low flows due to drought and excessive water withdrawals. Silver Lake serves as the water supply for the City of Brockton, and water diversions create inhospitable conditions for wildlife, resulting in numerous fish kills. Read more about Silver Lake >>




Additional Facts


History: The Pilgrims named the river after Christopher Jones who was the captain of the Mayflower in 1620. Jones River powered many early businesses in sawmills, anchor works, tool making, and woolen factories. Dam Removals: The Elm Street and Wapping Road dams have been removed, and aquatic habitat restored, thanks to the leadership of the Jones River Watershed Association! Learn more >> Did You Know? The Jones River is the largest river draining into Cape Cod Bay.





Jones River Activities
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Swimming
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Walk, Hike, Bike
Paddling
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Boating & Sailing
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Fishing
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Swimming

 

Swimming locations:

  • Grey’s Beach (Kingston) includes a grass area, playground, tennis court, basketball court, pavilions with picnic tables, stage, boardwalk area and benches.

    • The beach is accessible from 6am to 6pm. Weather permitting restrooms are open daily from 9am - 5pm during the swimming season.

    • Parking stickers are required - click here for more information. 

 

  • Grays Beach (Yarmouth) is a small sweep of sand and shallow waters with a long boardwalk over marshes.

    • Parking is first come, first served.

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Walk, Hike, Bike

 

Walking, hiking, and biking locations:

  • Bay Circuit Trail Southern Terminus (Duxbury) is a part of the Emerald Necklace. 

 

  • Bay Farm Conservation Area (Duxbury) is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail. It is most suitable for use from April until October. Dogs are welcome but must be kept leashed. 

    • Access at 100 Parks Street 

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Paddling

 

Paddling locations:

  • Jones River Boat Launch (Long Wharf/Gloucester) includes two boat ramps (a dirt ramp facing north and a concrete ramp facing east). 

    • Located off of Atlantic Street on a dirt road on the left several hundred yards north of the trailer park on Atlantic Street

 

  • Grays Beach (Yarmouth) is a boat launch for kayaks.

    • There is a good sized paved lot for parking that is free and open year round.

Rentals:

  • South Shore Boat Rentals (Duxbury) is a family-owned business. Click here for more information. 

    • Access at 170 Parks Street. 

 

  • Nauti Jane’s Boat Rentals (Dartmouth) is rents boats, kayaks, and paddle boards. Click here for more information. 

    • Access at 218 Elm Street

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Boating & Sailing

 

Please let us know if you have any information on boating the Jones River. 

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Fishing

 

Fishing locations:

  • Grays Beach (Yarmouth) has an abundance of sand eels and bass.

    • It is located at the north end of Center Street.

    • There is a good sized paved lot for parking that is free and open year round.

For a map of fishing hotspots along the river, click here.  

More general information on fishing the Jones River can be found here