Monument Beach

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Large, paved parking area at town ramp and marina off Emmons Road. Resident or permit parking only during the summer, strictly enforced; free and open other times. Easy carry and launch from the beach next to the ramp. Heavy boat traffic during the summer. The large harbor can feature excellent fishing for stripers and bluefish through the season, especially in the fall. Paddling across the harbor to back side of the causeway to Mashnee Island can be very productive; the nearby Back River flows into the harbor to the north and is a preferred fishing area, both at the mouth of the river and inside. The large harbor is fairly protected but strong wind will make paddling challenging at times.