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Public Beaches & Conservation Areas
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Questions about a town beach?
Contact the Town's Recreation Director at (508) 888-4361
There are two saltwater and three freshwater beaches in Sandwich. Beach stickers can be purchased annually at the Tax Collector's Office, Town Hall Annex, 145 Main Street.
2015 Fees - Town of Sandwich Resident
First Vehicle: $35.00 each (all Sandwich beaches plus Sandy Neck)
Second Vehicle: $20.00 each (must be registered at same address as First Vehicle)
Third Vehicle: $35.00 each (must be registered at same address as First Vehicle)
2015 Fees - Non Resident
$105.00: All Town of Sandwich beaches - does not include Sandy Neck
$70.00: Ryder Conservation Area Only (can be purchased at the gate)
2015 Daily and Weekly Rates
Daily Rate: $15.00 (excluding Sandy Neck)
Weekly Pass: $50.00 (excluding Sandy Neck; can be purchased at the gates)
Town Neck Beach/Boardwalk: Town Neck Road to Wood Avenue.
East Sandwich Beach: Ploughed Neck Road to North Shore Boulevard.
Sandy Neck Beach (residents only): Route 6A to Sandy Neck Road. Four-wheel drive permits are available through the Gatehouse at Sandy Neck Beach, (508) 362-8300, or through the Barnstable Department of Natural Resources (508) 790-6272.
Snake Pond Beach: Route 130 to Snake Pond Rd.
Wakeby Lake/Ryder Conservation: Cotuit Rd to South Sandwich Rd.
Peters Pond Property
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Sandwich has six conservation areas cared for by the Natural Resources Department. These beautiful and tranquil public lands provide opportunities for nature study, walking and hiking.
Briar Patch: Behind Green Briar Nature Center, Route 6A, 166 acres. Highlights include beechwoods on the shore of the pond,
spectacular fall foliage from red maples, and blueberries in the swamp. Dense thickets of briars protect wildlife and provide them with an important food source.
Murkwood: Route 6A, 79 acres. Along the trails here you can find the rare Indian cucumber and observe an unparalleled panorama of salt marsh, bog and barrier beach, framed by cedar groves, tupelo trees and pines. The topography is essentially level, and several benches are located along the perimeter trail. Parking: Six parking spaces are designated for this area at the west end of the East Sandwich Fire Station.
Talbot's Point: Old County Road, 112 acres. This spectacular point of land extends 1/3 mile into Scorton Marsh. Several trails meander through stands of oak, white and red pine, along with tupelo, large pitch pines, beech and spruce trees. A short distance from the parking area, a fresh water spring bubbles into the marsh. Watch for osprey building their nests or a marsh hawk gliding over the marsh.
Maple Swamp: Service Road between Exits 3 and 4, 500 acres. Within this area lies some of the most dramatic topography on Cape Cod, ranging from 40 feet above sea level in the deepest hollow to a high point of 250 feet. Spectacular views north across Cape Cod Bay to Provincetown and south to Vineyard Sound can be had from several locations. Forest vegetation includes oaks, pines, holly, hickory and maple trees. Parking lot available.
Boyden Farm: Cotuit Road just south of Farmersville Road, 48 acres. Area includes 730-foot frontage on Peter's Pond, large wildlife management area, and walking trail. The land slopes steeply down to the water's edge. Look for wild turkeys, deer, red fox, owls and hawks.
Ryder: Cotuit Road. This parcel features extensive frontage on Wakeby Pond. Fishing access is open to the public year round. Abandoned cranberry bogs provide a living laboratory for the process of succession. Look for wildlife management areas, a small secluded pond and many walking trails.
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Sandwich Shellfish Licenses:
To shellfish in Sandwich waters you will need to purchase a Sandwich shellfish license from the Town Clerk’s office at the Town Hall Annex located at 145 Main Street (across from the Public Library). The Clerk’s Office will provide additional information regarding shellfish regulations, maps, a legal shellfish gauge, etc.
Reminder: If you obtained a shellfish license the year prior to your current application you must present your previous year’s Catch Report when applying for a current shellfish license, per the Town of Sandwich Shellfish Regulations. The Catch Report is located on the bottom of the license.
Bourne Shellfish Licenses:
Sandwich residents are eligible to shellfish in the coastal waters of the Town of Bourne; however, you must purchase a separate license at the Bourne Town Hall in the Natural Resources Office. With proof of Sandwich Residency you may purchase a Bourne Shellfishing License at the Bourne Resident’s fee.
Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing:
Salt water licenses are issued by the State of Massachusetts; visit their website for detailed information at
Massachusetts Freshwater Fishing and Hunting:
Freshwater Fishing and Hunting licenses are issued by the State of Massachusetts; visit their website for detailed information at http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/licensing/.