Public access site to Weweantic River proposed

By Andrea Ray | Mar 07, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Ray Town Harbormaster Garry Buckminster, Assistant Director of the Office of Fishing and Boating Access Doug Cameron, Mass EEA Public Access Coordinator Ross Kessler, and President of the League of Plymouth Sportsmen Paul Johnson present the proposed public access point to the Weweantic River at 0 Marion Road.

The state is proposing a plan to create public access for anglers and kayakers to the Weweantic River.

Wareham Harbormaster Garry Buckminster was on hand to explain the situation to the Wareham Selectmen Tuesday night. Alongside him were three others; Paul Johnson, the President of the League of Plymouth Sportsmen; Ross Kessler, Public Access Coordinator at Mass Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Doug Cameron, the Assistant Director of the state’s Office of Fishing & Boating Access.

The proposed site of public access is at what is technically 0 Marion Road. The property, which is currently privately owned, is on the right side of the road directly before the Wareham/Marion bridge. According to Kessler, the owners are willing to sell the land at its appraised value, and the state is looking to Wareham for help on setting regulations.

In a past life, it housed a bait and tackle shop. However, according to Buckminster, the site is now an eyesore. “It’s full of trash,” he explained. “The state is willing to help us beautify it and make it better for everyone.” He assured the board that the area would be open to the public, but only for its specified uses - fishing and boating.

“What improvements are you planning to make?” Teitelbaum asked.

“We’re really trying to get the parking away from the street,” Kessler said, adding that there would be a maximum of six or seven parking spots in a gravel parking area. “And of course we’re planning to improve the footpath access to the water, and probably make the footpath gravel. Other than cleaning the property up, that’s really it.”

The proposed public access will not include boat trailers. "I don't really see how we could fit a trailer in there," Kessler said. The access path is instead "carry in, carry out" and suitable for fishing and water sports like kayaking.

Johnson said he had spoken with several groups, including one group active in the area, the Buzzards Bay Anglers, who were very enthusiastic about the proposal. “They’re more than willing to come in, set up a barbecue, and make a big event out of cleaning the area up. We want people to be proud when they come here.”

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Selectman Patrick Tropeano. “There’s such limited access these days. I think anything which opens up more access is good.”

A large crowd of enthusiastic sportsmen, who had attended the meeting from areas as far away as Taunton, agreed with him. So did the Selectmen, who approved the idea.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 08, 2017 00:08

Who remembers the bait shop?  It was Savory's and there was a pet crow in there.


Most sportsmen are very respectful and do not make a mess.  However that location currently draws a different flavor of people fishing, crabbing, and doing whatever.  They trash the place all season.  It's hard to tell where they come from.  Likely from out of town from nearby Rt 195.  I don't know.  Many times I've seen bait packages, fishing line, and all sorts of food&drink trash all over that area, stuck in the fence, along the road, and down by the water.  The new access location will need several trash receptacles that are emptied often.  Is that possible?  They took away trash barrels on the beaches.  I hope this place will have them or else it will be a mess.

Posted by: bob | Mar 08, 2017 06:37

WBS,I do remember it and Mr.Savery and his crazy crow.It was a great spot to launch small boats and to get your bait....The only problem I see is who going to enforce the trash and parking .....

Posted by: totellthetruth | Mar 08, 2017 08:51

Why in the World would they need another access to the WeWeantic? They have the State operated boat ramp/access less than 1/4mile Upstream

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 08, 2017 09:18

Totellthetruth, This proposed access will be easily accessed in town and easily patrolled by WPD.  That State ramp may only be 1/4 mile away by water but by road it is far away, remote, and unfriendly requiring a trip on the highway.  Plus, have you ever spent a little time at that ramp and seen what goes on?  If not here's a visual, it's secluded, right off the highway,  and only 15 mins from NB...just imagine.  

Posted by: bob | Mar 08, 2017 16:42

WBTS,and they can now come by bus......

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 08, 2017 18:32

Bob, I know!  Don't get me going?  Is that bus running already?

Posted by: TROLL BY THE SEA | Mar 08, 2017 21:49

So happy the townsfolk are getting more access to this beautiful river. I also have very fond childhood memories crabbing and kayaking on the wewantic. Not exactly hanging out in sheds with old men and crows like WBTS...but fond nonetheless. Also, really seem to know a lot about what goes on down at the boat ramp at night...hmmmmm

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