Exploring Cape Cod’s Bass River

The waters off the coast of Cape Cod are renowned for their great cruising and fishing. But excellent Cape Cod boating and fishing can also be found inland.

A prime example of this is the Bass River. Home to breathtaking scenery and some of the most productive fishing found anywhere on the Cape, the river is a popular destination among the region’s boaters.

Flowing 11 miles from Mill Pond into Nantucket Sound, the Bass River separates the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis. Given its proximity to Nantucket Sound, the river attracts boats of all sizes. And for good reason. The area provides cruising boaters with some of the region’s most beautiful natural scenery. For anglers, the river is home to a diverse collection of sportfish, including striped bass, bluefish, sea bass and fluke.

Boaters navigating the Bass River should keep in mind that the entire river is tidal, so it can experience powerful currents flowing both in and out. The river is also shallow in some areas and home to many sandbars, so boaters should pay careful attention to channel markers. Also, most of the river is a no-wake zone.

The river has several public boat ramps, the largest of which is at the mouth of the river along the western shoreline. Visiting boaters can find transient dockage at Bass River Marina (www.bassrivermarina.com; 508-394-8341). The marina is also home to the Summer Shanty restaurant (www.summershanty.com; 508-394-0400), and tie-up is free for diners. Boaters can also dock at Packet Landing on the Yarmouth side of the river. For information, contact the Yarmouth Department of Natural Resources (508-760-4800).