A Boater’s Guide to the Bass River

Cape Cod is legendary for its popular cruising destinations and offshore fishing. But incredible fishing and boating experiences can also be found inland on Cape Cod. Perhaps nowhere is that more the case than along the Bass River.

Thanks to its beautiful natural scenery and some of the best fishing found anywhere on Cape Cod, the Bass River is a favorite destination among Cape boaters.

The river separates the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis as it winds 11 miles from Mill Pond to Nantucket Sound. Anglers love the Bass River because it’s home to many different species of sportfish, including sea bass, bluefish, stripers and fluke. There is a beach at the mouth of the river on the Dennis side that is very popular for boaters to anchor off of and relax.

When navigating the Bass River, boaters should be aware that the entire river is tidal, and it often experiences powerful currents flowing each way. It also has many sandbars and shallow areas, so it is important for boaters to pay particular attention to channel markers. When cruising along the river, keep in mind that most of the river is a no-wake zone.

The largest of the river’s several public boat ramps can be found at the mouth of the river on the western shoreline. Boaters looking for transient dockage can visit us here at Bass River Marina (www.bassrivermarina.com; 508-394-8341). Besides providing dockage, visitors can also find delicious food here at the marina, as it is also home to 2 waterfront dining restaurants. The Summer Shanty restaurant (www.summershanty.com; 508-394-0400) and Sundancer’s restaurant (www.sundancers.com 508-394-1600) Tie-up is free for diners thru the marina.

For more information on boating along the Bass River, Contact the Dennis Harbormasters Department (508-385-5555)