Oregon Beach

At the southern end of Main Street in Cotuit is Oregon Beach, although it is not marked as such. It too is a Barnstable Town Beach for residents only with a dirt parking lot and the same restrictions and enforcement procedures as outlined in the previous two locations should be expected. This is one of the most popular spots on Upper Cape Cod to intercept early spring bluefish. This is because the water far out into Nantucket Sound is quite shallow and with the strengthening sun of springtime it warms faster than other parts of the Sound, which draws in the blues. Popping plugs rule here when the blues are around. By walking along the beach for about a quarter mile you will find the entrance to Popponesset Bay, anther huge estuary and harbor. This is a prime spot for stripers, especially after dark when the boat traffic has diminished. As with other exclusive areas on Cape Cod, be sure to walk below the high water mark to ensure you are within your legal rights to fish. Also, in recent years there have been problems with car break-ins at the parking lot at Oregon Beach so be sure to lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables in plain view.

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Location: end of Main Street, Cotuit.

Access: Easy, lot is adjacent to beach

Parking: Large dirt lot but restricted, especially in the summer (see above).