Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Details of Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Overview of Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Waquoit Bay has 2,700 acres of open waters, barrier beaches, marshlands, and uplands. The reserve is representative of typical shallow bay environment. Enjoy discovering the bay, by land or water. Camping is also available at Washburn Island.

Hours for Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Visitor Center

Monday - Thursday:
10:00 am-4:00 pm

Friday:
10:00 am-10:00 pm

Parking at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Free parking is available on-site.

Activities at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Person hiking through the woods.

Hiking and walking

Take a hike on the miles of trails running through marshes, beaches, rivers, and woodlands
Kids working on group activity on the beach.

Educational programs

Waquoit Bay offers all kinds of programs from school field trips to teacher workshops. Contact park for more information.

All Activities at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing and kayaking

Facilities at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Accessibility at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • Restrooms

Restrictions at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • No dogs on beaches from April 1st to September 30th.
  • No alcohol
  • No littering

Read the rules for hunting in state parks

More info for Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Camping is available on Washburn Island. Washburn Island is only accessible by private boat. There are no electric hookups or running water on the island. Campers must bring their own supplies and water.

Camping is $8/night for Massachusetts residents and $10/night for non-residents. 

Read more about camping at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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