Cape Cod Canal (Buzzards Bay and Sandwich, Mass.), New England District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 Cape Cod Canal, Buzzards Bay and Sandwich, Mass.


Corps places preventative measures in place for COVID-19 at Cape Cod Canal Project in Buzzards Bay


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District has been responsible for the operations and maintenance of the Cape Cod Canal. With annual visitation exceeding three million, the Cape Cod Canal is one of the Corps busiest projects and serves as the gateway to historic Cape Cod.

Our primary mission is to provide safe navigation to the 14,000 commercial and recreational vessels that transit the 17.5 mile waterway each year. However the 1,000 acres of land that surrounds the canal provides diverse recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, biking, picnicking and ship watching.

Explore our website below to discover even more opportunities available when you visit the Cape Cod Canal! 

 aerial view of the Cape Cod Canal

Recreation Facilities/Activities

Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center

photograph of the Cape Cod Canal Visitor's Center, Buzzards Bay, MA








Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center offers excellent insight into the rich history, fascinating features, and vigilant operation of the Cape Cod Canal. Inside you will discover a museum that is fun, fascinating, family friendly and free. Interactive exhibits offer something for visitors of all ages.

  • Board a retired 40-foot US Army Corps of Engineers patrol boat;

  • Scan live radar and camera images to locate vessels in the waterway. Captain a virtual boat through the canal;

  • Investigate what’s inside many of the ships transiting the canal;

  • Discover wildlife that live in or around the canal;

  • View films about canal history, wildflowers and wildlife;

  • Participate in various free interpretive programs;

  • Click here for a list of upcoming programs and events

  • Or just relax and soak in the waterfront views from the rocking chairs on our front deck

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers and volunteers staff the Center, and provide information about the canal and its recreational opportunities. A small bookstore is also offered.

2020 Hours Closed until further notice
Located at: 60 Ed Moffitt Drive, Sandwich, MA. 508-833-9678


Recreation Areas

Multiple Canal access points along both sides of the Canal have been developed into Recreation Areas equipped with restrooms, picnic areas and parking lots. View our Recreation Map to locate the various recreation areas along the Canal and what is offered at each.

Midway Recreation Area is a beautiful wooded area, ideal for families, offering individual and group picnic options with charcoal grills, volleyball and more. Midway has a large picnic pavilion with grills, tables, and a fireplace that can be reserved for group functions at no cost via a Special Facility Permit request; for more information email or call Park Ranger Ann LeBlanc 978-318-8531.

Biking and Walking

13.5 miles of paved service roads line the Cape Cod Canal. Open to the public, they are great for walking, biking and in-line skating.

Service roads which parallel both sides of the Canal are available for bicycling, jogging and walking. Each service road is approximately seven-miles long. Benches are placed along the service roads for the enjoyment of our visitors. While enjoying the Canal’s service roads remember, if you pack it in, please pack it out. All developed recreation areas that offer service road access are equipped with trash receptacles

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