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Lake Sabbatia

41° 56.796' N    71° 6.848' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching boats from trailers. Boat ramps can normally be used to launch canoes and kayaks but please do your best to keep the boat ramp clear for boat trailers.

Description & Overview:

Lake Sabbatia is a 237 acre lake created by a dam at the south end, where the Mill River now begins. There is no viable portage around this dam but there's plenty of boating to be done on Lake Sabbatia. The shoreline is largely suburban so this is not a wilderness lake, but it's a relatively pretty lake. Powerboats, including jet skis, do use this lake, so don't expect peace and quiet here, especially on a fine summer weekend.

Lake Sabbatia is also large enough that the wind can kick up a pretty good chop if it's windy. It's also a relative shallow lake, with an average depth of 9 feet and the deepest spot is 30 feet deep.

The Snake River flows into the lake about 400 yards east of the boat ramp and you can paddle some distance up the Snake, possibly as far as Winnecunnet Pond depending on conditions and your willingness to push through brushy areas. The first part of the Snake is really more of an arm of Lake Sabbatia but after you go under Scadding Street the river narrows down and winds through wetlands, passing under I-495.

Note that 10 of the parking spaces at the boat ramp are designated for vehicles with trailers only. The other 7 spaces are for "boating access only" so you should be OK if you're parking there to canoe or kayak.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Taunton River watershed: Lake Sabbatia.


Town: Taunton

Nearest Town Center: Taunton

Driving Landmarks: From I-495 take Exit 9 and head south on Bay Street towards Taunton. In about 1.2 miles look for the boat ramp on the left.

From downtown Taunton take Broadway (Route 138) north and then bear left onto Bay Street. The boat ramp is on the right about 2.8 miles from where Bay Street splits off from Broadway.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: lake/reservior

Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.

Type of Access: Boat ramp

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: Concrete boat ramp

Float/Dock: no

Hours of Operation: sunrise to sunset


Parking: yes: 17 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: None

Town Center: Downtown Taunton is 3 miles away


Lake Sabbatia on a Quiet Spring Afternoon

Lake Sabbatia on a Quiet Spring Afternoon

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 10, 2017

Entrance off Bay Street

Entrance off Bay Street

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 10, 2017

The entrance off Bay Street. The white car should not be parked where it is.

The Boat Ramp

The Boat Ramp

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 10, 2017

Looking Back up the Boat Ramp

Looking Back up the Boat Ramp

Photography by: Bruce Hooke

Date of Photograph: May 10, 2017


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This site report was last updated on May 10, 2017

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