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

Towns in the Taunton River Watershed:

  • Berkley

  • Bridgewater

  • Dighton

  • Fall River

  • Freetown

  • Halifax

  • Middleborough

  • Raynham

  • Somerset

  • Swansea

  • Taunton

Major Tributaries:

The Segregansett, Three Mile, Mill, Town, Matfield, Winnetuxet, Nemasket, Assonet, Quequechan.

Relevant River Information

Environmental Concerns for the Taunton


As of 2020, the biggest environmental concern for the Taunton River is excess nitrogen loading from wastewater treatment plants, stormwater runoff, lawn/crop fertilization, and more. Learn more from the Taunton River Watershed Association, with their water quality monitoring program.




Additional Facts


History:

  • The ship-building industry grew dramatically along the Taunton River, and the Taunton continues to be the longest coastal river in all of New England without dams.
Did You Know?:
  • The Taunton river is home to 154 species of birds, but many other animals can be seen on the Taunton, including otters and harbor seals! In 2014, a young beluga whale was also spotted in the Taunton River.





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

Click an icon below to learn more about Taunton 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 Taunton River’s events, click here 

To learn how to get involved, click here

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Swimming

Where to go Swimming

 

It is safe to swim in the Taunton. Water quality is Class B. 

  • 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?  

  • Berkley:

    • Dighton Rock State Park is 85 acres of recreation space for walking, paddling, or fishing. More info here. There is an area for parking in a lot past the entrance. 

  • Bridgewater:

    • Wildlands Trust--Great River Preserve. Parking on Auburn Street More info here. Trail map here.

  • Bridgewater:

    • Camp Titicut trails which bring you to the Taunton River. There can be noise, as it is next to Rt 495. 

  • Somerset:

    • Broad Cove Coastal Access Trail. 

 

Other parks without trails

  • Taunton: Taunton Parks & Recreation. 

  • Taunton: Weir Riverfront Park 

 

What might you see? Birding info? 

  • The marshy segments of the river tend to be populated with marsh nesting birds, such as Red-winged Blackbirds, Herons, Osprey and Kingfisher. 

  • The agricultural areas of the Taunton are filled with Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, and the Northern Harrier. Additionally, populations of Bobolink, Savannah Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark can be spotted.

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Paddling

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

 
  • Berkley:

    • Berkley Park has a launch to the Taunton River, with space for 10 cars. No fee. 

    • Dighton Rock State Park is 85 acres of recreation space for walking, paddling, or fishing. More info here. There is an area for parking in a lot past the entrance. 

  • Fall River:

    • Bicentennial Park has 47 trailer parking spots for launching a boat onto the Taunton, and no fee. 

  • Raynham:

  • Somerset:  

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Boating & Sailing

 
Where to go Boating

Motorboats are not allowed on the river

  • Wallum Lake in Douglas State Forest allows both motorized and non-motorized boating. Access the lake via boat ramp. 

    • Address is 107 Wallum Lake Road, Douglas, MA 01516

Daily parking fees: $9 for MA residents; $30 for non-MA residents

Accessible restrooms and beaches

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Fishing

Where to go Fishing
 
  • Berkley: Dighton Rock State Park is 85 acres of recreation space for walking, paddling, or fishing. More info here. There is an area for parking in a lot past the entrance. 

  • Most common fish to catch

    • Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Scup, and American Eel