Outer Barnstable Harbor

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Bone Hill Road (Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary), off Route 6A in Barnstable. Although there is parking for two or three vehicles at the end of Barn Hill Road where you will launch, it is posted as no parking and enforced, especially in the summer. Off load, then park about ¼ mile away in the free public lot for the Wildlife Sanctuary to avoid tickets or towing. For a shorter carry to the water, try to arrive close to high tide; otherwise a long carry over the sand flats is necessary to reach the water. To the northeast is the outflow of Mill Creek, a prime fishing area for stripers throughout the season. Some boat traffic but most boaters head farther out to the bars at the end of the harbor. Continue past Mill Creek at the top of the tide to fish the marsh edge and flats toward Yarmouth; there are almost always stripers and bluefish here. North winds and the constant strong current can make paddling uncomfortable and difficult but the prevailing southerly breezes of summer make paddling somewhat easier.