Duck Pond, Wellfleet

About this Location

Duck Pond is a freshwater pond located in Wellfleet. It is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and is accessible by a short trail from the parking lot. The pond is surrounded by pine and oak trees and offers a scenic view of the nearby hills. Duck Pond is a popular destination for swimming, fishing, kayaking, and birdwatching. It was used by the Native Americans and the early settlers as a source of fresh water.

Duck Pond, a small kettle pond, is the location of one of Wellfleet’s freshwater beaches. The calm water makes it a great spot for a swim; however, rising water levels have reduced the amount of sand. It’s a bit of a walk to the beach from the parking lot. There are no amenities at this beach except for a portable toilet.

About Cape Cod National Seashore

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Cape Cod is a large peninsula extending 60 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Massachusetts. Located on the outer portion of the Cape, Cape Cod National Seashore’s 44,600 acres encompass a rich mosaic of marine, estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. These systems and their associated habitats reflect the Cape’s glacial origin, dynamic natural processes, and at least 9,000 years of human activity. Geomorphic shoreline change, groundwater fluctuations, tidal dynamics including rising sea level, and atmospheric deposition are among the many physical processes that continue to shape the Seashore’s ecosystems. Marine and estuarine systems include beaches, sand spits, tidal flats, salt marshes, and soft-bottom benthos. Freshwater ecosystems include kettle ponds, vernal pools, sphagnum bogs, and swamps. Terrestrial systems include pitch pine and scrub oak forests, heathlands, dunes, and sandplain grasslands. Many of these habitats are globally uncommon and the species that occupy them are correspondingly rare.

Notable Trails

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike that passes Duck Pond.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Entrance fee

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

Content from Duck Pond (TheSwimGuide) webpage and Cape Cod National Seashore website

Last updated March 6, 2024