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Craven's Landing

Craven's Landing is a well-known public access fishing area in Sandwich.

Overview

This property on Scorton Creek in Sandwich is a small vessel launch and shore fishing location. Fishermen know the creek for being a great summer fishing spot. Those able to brave the colder months can catch holdover striped bass as well. Rumors are, this location has salter brown trout, a real unicorn in this part of the world! Other species caught here include shad and winter flounder.

The Scorton Creek shores provide proper beach habitat to the piping plover, a threatened species. Because of this, Craven's Landing requires closure to some or all activities between June and August. These plover related closures are variable.

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) acquired Craven’s Landing with financial support of the Orvis Company of Manchester, Vermont in 1999. DMF renamed the area in 2003 in memory of James Michael Craven, a former DMF biologist and Environmental Police Officer.

Directions

From 6A in East Sandwich turn onto Ploughed Neck Road. At the end of Ploughed Neck Road, take a right onto North Shore Boulevard. After 0.4 mile, turn right onto Holway Road. The facility is to the left at the terminus of Holway Road. Click here to for directions from your location.

Additional info

Signage along the boundary fence identifies legal parking spots. DMF prohibits all other parking on-site. Parking is first come, first served.

Much of this property is subject to flooding at high tide. Use caution when parking and be aware of incoming tides. Cape Cod Bay tidal ranges can be greater than eleven feet. Wet sand is a good indicator of how high the last high tide reached. Soft sand on the creek-side of the parking area needs four-wheel drive.

The lands immediately north of the creek edge and north of the fence are private property. Only active anglers in the intertidal zone can enter these areas. Trespassers are subject to ejection, a fine, or both. Please respect our neighbor’s property rights.

 

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