Herring Cove Beach

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While it is possible in launch in downtown Provincetown near McMillan Wharf, parking is difficult to find and hourly metered parking is vigorously enforced with limits of only an hour in many cases. Paddling in the large harbor is scenic but there is heavy boat traffic and areas where good fishing will be found such as along Long Point are a long paddle.  Outer areas can be subject to strong tides and winds.

Province Lands Road, off Route 6. Large paved lot but fills by mid-day in the summer, fee charged. Easy carry to beach but no launching is allowed in guarded areas while lifeguards are present.  Usually calm water but strong onshore wind can make paddling difficult and large waves may be present. This is a premier area for striped bass fishing – large fish are often caught in shallow water close to shore. Paddle toward Race Point Light (but beware of high surf and strong current there) and fish the flats off the end of the shallow outflow of Hatches Harbor. Herring Cove Beach is justifiably famous as one of the best striper fishing spots on the Outer Cape and large bluefish may also be present, especially in the fall.