We launch into Follins Pond, a 273 acre body of water at the north end of Bass River and do a paddle across part of Follins Pond to a culvert (pictured above)that brings us into Mill Pond. Follins Pond is one of the few paddles this summer where you will see lots of houses, including mine. Mill Pond is much prettier...almost no houses.
To get through the culvert, there has to be no flow against you..to allow you to move your boat with your hands on the ceiling and sides of the culvert. So, the timing for our going in BOTH directions through the culvert is critical. We should be at the culvert about 1 3/4 hours after the high tide at the mouth of Bass River in South Yarmouth (which is 7:18 today).
We will launch from the Follins Pond Rd IN DENNIS, OFF MAYFAIR Rd. (avoid Follins Bay Rd., off of Mayfair Rd. There is also a Follins Pond Rd. in Yarmouth, off Setucket Rd., where we have launched in the past for this paddle.)
It is an excellent public launch at the end of Follins Pond Rd..... ample parking, no sticker required and a very easy launch.
In a GPS or mapping program, be careful to enter FOLLINS POND RD, DENNIS.
DIRECTIONS TO THE DENNIS LOCATION: From Rt 6, coming from the west, take Ex 8. Go south on Station Ave a few hundred feet to the stop light. Go left onto Whites Path; drive 1.5mile. Take left at the stop sign onto N.Main which becomes N.Dennis Rd and go 1.8 mile to the first stop sign at a wide open intersection. Go right onto Setucket, pass 4 streets on the right and then take the fork to the right to get on Mayfair Rd. After the fork, Follins Pond Rd. is the 14th street on your right and is just under 1 mile from the fork.
Coming from the east on Rt 6, it would be shorter to get off at Exit 9, Rt. 134, and go north on 134 a short distance. Take left onto Mayfair Rd at the "Mayfair Boat Yard" sign on the white arrow on your left. Drive Mayfair Rd., passing Follins Bay Rd and Norseman's Beach and take the next left on Follins Pond Rd. (one street is Follins Bay, but you want Follins Pond)
LOOK AT THE MAP THAT YOU CAN CLICK ON.