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Massachusetts (MA) Boat Ramps in Boston/Cambridge

Off Mystic Valley Parkway Medford, Somerville, Everett, MA Phone: 617-727-5380

Series of parks and green spaces along Mystic River; accessible by MBTA trains; walking, biking, picnicking, swimming

Boat ramps and a granite pier are available at Mary O’Malley Park, which is part of the Mystic River Reservation greenway. Mary O'Malley also has lawns and tennis courts. Open year-round.

Charles River (Elm Bank)

Off Elliot Street Dover, MA Phone:

Canoe access: Access to rivers most suitable for canoes and kayaks. Fish species: Largemouth bass, northern pike, white perch, pickerel, black crappie. Managed by state Department of Conservation.

Woerd Avenue Waltham, MA Phone:

Fisherman access: Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Largemouth bass, northern pike, white perch, pickerel, black crappie. Managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Charles River (Brighton)

Nonantum Road Brighton, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Largemouth bass, northern pike, white perch, pickerel, black crappie. Managed by the state Department of Conservation.

Wellington Yacht Club, 451 Fellsway Medford, MA Phone:

State Department of Conservation and Recreation public launch for small boats is maintained by the Wellington Yacht Club

43 Commonwealth Road Natick, MA Phone: 508-653-9641

Day-use park for water sports

This lake is composed of three large sections divided by east-west highways. The boat ramp is located on Middle Lake. Lake is shared by paddlers and power boats. Personal watercraft are prohibited on all sections of the lake. Water skiing is allowed only on South Lake. Boating may be done only during daytime. Swimming from boats is not allowed. Boaters are responsible to control their wake.
Daily parking fee: $8 for Massachusetts vehicle; $10 for out-of-state vehicle
See full description of Cochituate State Park

Charles River (Needham)

Fisher Street Needham, MA Phone:

Cartop access: Access to lakes, ponds and rivers for small boats, canoes and kayaks. Fish species: Largemouth bass, northern pike, white perch, pickerel, black crappie. Manage dby the state Department of Conservation.

Mystic Valley Parkway Medford, MA Phone:

Fisherman access: Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Largemouth bass, pickerel, black crappie. Managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Charles River (Watertown)

Charles River Road Watertown, MA Phone:

Launch for small boats