Chapoquoit Marsh

About Chapoquoit Marsh

Chapoquoit Marsh, bordering West Falmouth Harbor, is a great place for kayakers and small boaters to explore. Families with small children may enjoy wading or swimming in the calm waters opposite the town beach. This is also a popular area for windsurfing and kite flying.

Up until the 1890s, Chapoquoit Island, then known as Hog Island, was used as a livestock pasture and the marsh grasses were cut for hay. Following advances in transportation, the area was developed for summer residences and remains this way today. Public lands exist with the private: 14 acres of conservation land are owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society and Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.

Sticker parking is available at the public beach, but the walk in from West Falmouth is an easy one. Parking is free in the off-season. Boaters may launch at the town landing on Old Dock Road. The marsh is off Chapoquoit Road, which is opposite the fire station on West Falmouth Highway (Rt. 28A).