By Sue Rourke, Duxbury Beach Reservation Trustee (7 years)
Duxbury Beach is a natural wonder, a beautiful recreation spot and an important geographical feature of the South Shore. Maintaining the physical structure of the Beach, adhering to environmental law and providing safe access for recreation are complicated, interwoven jobs. We’re fortunate to have the cooperation of the Duxbury Beach Reservation, the Town of Duxbury and residents of Plymouth residing at Gurnet Saquish to make it all work. In a series of 3 blog posts, we’re hoping to demystify how all these parts work together. This is Part 1 of 3.
What’s Where on Duxbury Beach
What do we mean when we say Duxbury Beach?
Duxbury Beach is a 7.5-mile long barrier beach that extends from Marshfield (Green Harbor) in the north to Gurnet Point and Saquish in the south. The Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, owns approximately 4.5 miles of Duxbury Beach in the middle. This section provides access to the beach for the general public and for permit holders.
Duxbury Beach begins near the Marshfield/Green Harbor line in front of a seawall protecting homes and private property. The Duxbury Beach Reservation Property begins south of the sea wall.
The Duxbury Beach Reservation provides access to the beach via two sections of their property; Duxbury Beach Park and The Town of Duxbury Lease portion.
The north end of the Duxbury Beach Reservation Property is called the Duxbury Beach Park. This section is open to all – no permit required! The daily parking fee provides access not only to the beach, but restrooms and showers in the Pavilion, casual snacks, lunches and frozen treats through the day, and Blakeman’s, a full service, beach side dining spot. The easiest access point to the Park is through Marshfield.
The Town of Duxbury leases southward of Duxbury Beach Park from the Duxbury Beach Reservation. Most easily accessed via the Powder Point Bridge, parking is restricted to holders of permits purchased from the Town of Duxbury. The parking lots immediately off the bridge are limited to Duxbury resident permit holders. Over-sand access is available to all with the purchase of an over-sand permit, but by off road capable vehicles only. This portion is accessed heading south of the Powder Point Bridge via a dirt road on the backside of Duxbury Beach.
The southernmost tip of the peninsula is in the Town of Plymouth. It is a small community known as Gurnet and Saquish. The beaches there are owned by homeowners and are not accessible to the public.
The map that follows highlights the different sections of Duxbury Beach. Next post, we’ll identify Who’s Who in the care and management of the Reservation Property.