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Massachusetts boat ramps offer many routes to the water

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Massachusetts has the freshwater and saltwater sports and enough boat ramps to get you afloat anywhere you like. Launch your motorized, sail, or paddle boat and head out for a day of great fishing , exercise, and some serious relaxing. You’ll find access to lakes, ponds, rivers, and coastal waterways via paved ramps for bigger boats and gravel ramps for smaller ones. Parking for boat trailers abounds and sport fishing piers provide fishing area for recreational anglers. Stay near the waterfront and enjoy the great service and amenities while you’re there.

164 Cedar Street Hopkinton, MA, 01748 Phone: 508-435-4303

Located on a reservoir; activities include water sports, hiking, picnicking, skiing and snowmobiling. Boat ramp

Concrete boat ramp for non-motor boats only is available at this state reservoir. Reservoir is stocked with fish.
See full description of Hopkinton State Park

Mystic River

Wellington Yacht Club, 451 Fellsway Medford, MA Phone:

Launch for small boats

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

Indian Lake

Grove Street Worcester, 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, black crappie. Managed by the City of Worcester.

Pamet River

Depot Road Truro, MA, 02666 Phone: 508-349-7004

Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers; coastal access for all types; 1 ramp; 1 lane; concrete ramp. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, cod, flounder. Managed by Town of Truro.

Cook Pond

Henry Street Fall River, 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, tiger muskee, white perch, pickerel. Managed by the City of Fall River.

Barlow’s Landing

On Buzzard’s Bay. Paved

Great Herring Pond

Herring Pond Road Bourne, MA, 02532 Phone: 508-759-3406

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers;1 ramp; 1 lane; gravel. Fish species: Smallmouth bass, white perch, pickerel. Managed by state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Manchaug Pond

Holt Road Sutton, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Largemouth bas, smallmouth bass, white perch, pickerel, black crappie. Managed by the Town of Sutton.

Sheep Pond

Fisherman’s Landing Road Brewster, MA, 02631 Phone: 508-896-3701

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers; 1 ramp; 1 lane; concrete. Fish species: Trout, smallmouth bass. Managed by Town of Brewster.

7 Industrial Park Road West Sturbridge, MA Phone: 508-347-9316

Swimming, fishing, & picnicking next to reservoir. Boat ramps. Wheelchair access

Boating is allowed on the East Brimfield Reservoir. Boat ramps are located on Route 20. See full description of Streeter Point Recreation Area.

107 Wallum Lake Road Douglas, MA Phone: 508-476-7872

Popular state forest on lake with many activities: water sports; horseback riding; hiking trails

Activities at this popular state forest include water sports -- swimming, boating, paddling, fishing -- on Wallum Lake. There is a concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. The ramp is strictly for boat access and cannot be used to enter the park after hours. The ramp is signed for boat trailers only and will be enforced. The state forest in Massachusetts also borders on Connecticut and Rhode Island.
See full description of Douglas State Forest.

Chicopee River

East Street Wilbraham, MA Phone:

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

Taunton River Basin

Brownell Street Fall River, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, tautog, fluke, squeteague. Managed by the City of Fall River.

Connecticut River near Northfield Center

Off Route 63 Northfield, MA Phone:

One mile north of Northfield Center on Route 63. Paved parking area and ramp. The boat ramp can accommodate canoes, fishing boats, recreational motorboats. Part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park. Fish species: Largemouth, smallmouth bass, northern pike white perch pickerel, black crappie, walleye. Managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

York Lake Road Sandisfield, MA Phone: 413 229-8212

Non-motorized boating only.

York Lake has a day use area with a 300-foot beach, picnic sites, and a boat ramp. Use this ramp for kayaks and canoes. There is also a ramp at the Cookson State Forest day-use area. Information: http://1.usa.gov/1kO0tlQ

Green Pond

Menauhant Road Falmouth, MA, 02540 Phone: 508-862-4000

Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers; coastal access for all types; 1 ramp; 2 lanes; concrete. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, tautog, fluke. Managed by Town of Barnstable.

Bridge Street

On Nantucket Sound. Paved

Charles River (Waltham)

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.

Town Landing

Sesuit Road East Dennis, MA Phone:

Paved

Lovells Pond

Santuit-Newtown Road Barnstable, MA, 02630 Phone: 508-862-4000

Access to lakes, ponds and rivers for small boats, canoes and kayaks; 1 ramp; 1 lane; cartop access. Fish species: Trout, smallmouth bass, pickerel. Managed by Town of Barnstable.

Mattapoisett Harbor (Short Wharf)

Water Street Mattapoisett, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, tautog, fluke. Managed by the Town of Mattapoisett.

1048 North Road Westfield, MA, 01085 Phone: 413-532-3985

Park offers all manner of water sports including motor boating, canoeing, and kayaking. See full description of Hampton Ponds State Park.

Horn Pond

Lake Avenue Woburn, 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: Trout, largemouth bass, pickerel, black crappie. Managed by the City of Woburn.

Barnstable Harbor (Blish Point)

Commerce Road Barnstable, MA, 02630 Phone: 508-862-4000

Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers; coastal access for all types; 1 ramp; 2 lanes; concrete ramp. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, fluke, flounder. Managed by Town of Barnstable.

Electric Avenue

On Buttermilk Bay. Paved. Some ramps are free and others charge a fee for launching and/or parking.

Lowell Heritage State Park

160 Pawtucket Blvd Lowell, MA Phone: 978-458-8750

Park describes the history of this industrial city; also boating, fishing, and walking along esplanade

This park includes a network of canals that powered the mills and a two-mile esplanade along the Merrimack River. The Rourke Brothers State Boat Ramp at Route 113 (Pawtucket Blvd.) is open seasonally to allow boating access to the Merrimack River. The parking area allows boat trailers and car-top parking. Use of ramp is free. The entrance to the boat ramp is across from Tyco Electronics, Inc. at 1011 Pawtucket Blvd. and is one-half mile west of the Rourke Bridge.

Long Pond - Sturbridge

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, tiger muskee, white perch, pickerel, black crappie.

Seapit River (Seapit Landing)

Town Landing Road Falmouth, MA, 02540 Phone: 508-548-8500

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers; coastal access for all types; 1 ramp; 1 lane; concrete pad. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, fluke. Managed by Town of Falmouth.

Charles River (Watertown)

Charles River Road Watertown, MA Phone:

Launch for small boats

Merrimack River (Cashman Park)

Merrimack Street at Cashman Park Newburyport, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, cod, flounder. Managed by the City of Newburyport.

Mystic Lake (Upper)

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.

Mashpee/Wakeby Pond

Off Forestdale Road Mashpee, MA, 02649 Phone: 508-539-1400

Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers; 1 ramp; 2 lanes; concrete ramp. Fish species: Trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch, pickerel. Managed by Town of Mashpee.

Acushnet River Basin (Pease Park)

Pease Street Fairhaven, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, tautog, fluke. Managed by the Town of Fairhaven.

69 Bluehill Road Monterey, MA, 01245 Phone: 413-528-0904

Good for non-motorized boating, walking & hiking, camping, snowmobiling; fishing; leashed pets allowed

Benedict Pond attracts boaters year-round, but most flock here in the warmer weather. The boat ramps at Beartown State Forest vary from a small concrete ramp, to a concrete pad ramp system, to a gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers.
See Beartown State Forest for full description of this park.

Route 88 South Westport, MA, 02790 Phone: 508-636-8816

Good for boating, fishing, swimming, and camping.

Launch non-motorized or motorized boats from designated areas. See Horseneck State Reservation for full description of this park.

Lynn Harbor

Lynnway Lynn, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, cod, flounder. Managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation.

Bass River

South Shore Drive Yarmouth, MA, 02675 Phone: 508-398-2231

Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers; coastal access for all types. Sport fishing pier provides fishing area for recreational anglers - barrier free; coastal access for all types; 1 ramp; 2 lanes; concrete. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, fluke, flounder. Managed by Town of Yarmouth.

Bourne Marina

Academy Drive Bourne, MA Phone:

On Buttermilk Bay. Paved. Some ramps are free and others charge a fee for launching and/or parking.

Eddy Pond

South Street Auburn, 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 Town of Auburn.

Sesuit Harbor

Cold Storage Road Dennis, MA, 02638 Phone: 508-394-8300

Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers; coastal access for all types; 1 ramp; 2 lanes; concrete. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, cod, flounder. Managed by Town of Dennis.

Johns Pond

Hoopole Road Mashpee, MA, 02649 Phone: 508-759-3406

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers; 1 ramp; 1 lane; concrete. Fish species: Trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch. Managed by state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Foot of Cove Road

On Pleasant Bay. Sand.

Sandy Pond

Gunning Point Plymouth, 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: Trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass. Managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Wequaquet Lake

Shootflying Hill Road Barnstable, MA, 02630 Phone: 508-862-4000

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers; 1 lane; concrete. Fish species: Largemouth bass, pickerel. Managed by Town of Barnstable.

Ashumet Pond

Falmouth-Sandwich Road Falmouth, MA, 02540 Phone: 508-759-3406

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers; 1 ramp; 1 lane; concrete. Fish species: Trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie. Managed by state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Old Harbor Road

On Lewis Bay. Paved / no parking. Some ramps are free and others charge a fee for launching and/or parking.

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.

Route 20 and East Brimfield Holland Road East Brimfield, MA Phone:

Boat ramps onto a lake and a pond at this very large outdoor recreation area managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. See full description of East Brimfield Lake / Holland Pond / Quinebaug River Recreation Area.

Alum Lake

Clark Road Sturbridge, 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: Trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pickerel. Managed by the Town of Sturbridge.

Schoolhouse Pond

Main Street Brewster, MA, 02631 Phone: 508-896-3701

Access to lakes, ponds and rivers for small boats, canoes and kayaks; no ramps; 1 lane; cartop access. Fish species: Largemouth bass, pickerel. Managed by Town of Brewster

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.

94 Lakeview Road Shutesbury, MA Phone: 413-367-0317

The eastern end of the lake at this public day-area park has boat ramps. See full description of Lake Wyola

Ashmere Lake

Off Smith Road Hinsdale, MA Phone: 617-727-1843

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

Little Cliff Pond

Flax Pond Road Brewster, MA, 02631 Phone: 508-759-3406

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers; 1 concrete lane. Fish species: Trout, smallmouth bass. Managed by state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Ryders Cove

Ryders Cove Road North Chatham, MA Phone:

On Pleasant Bay. Paved.

Long Pond - Plymouth

Clark Road Plymouth, MA Phone:

Shore fishing area: Minimally improved property that provides shore fishing access. Fisherman access: Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pickerel. Managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Connecticut River at Melina Street

Off Medina Street Chicopee, MA Phone:

One-half mile off Route 116 on Melina Street. Thirty-two parking spaces and a surfaced ramp. Shallow, moderate and deep draft recreational and fishing boats. Easy canoe and rowing shell access. Part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park.

Valentine Road Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-499-9344

Park on fresh water lake; fishing, boat ramp; life guards

A boat ramp and rentals of motor boats and canoes and kayaks are available at this fresh-water lake. See full description of Burbank Park and Onota Lake.

Davis Road Yarmouth, MA, 02675 Phone: 508-398-2231

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day; fresh water beach on inland pond

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Trout, largemouth bass, white perch, pickerel. Small playground, wooded area, basketeball court, seasonal Porta-John. Managed by Town of Yarmouth.

Baker Pond (MA)

Off Route 6 Orleans, MA, 02653 Phone: 508-759-3406

Access to lakes, ponds and rivers for small boats, canoes and kayaks; 1 ramp; 1 lane; cartop access. Fish species: Trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass. Managed by state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Scudder Lane

On Barnstable Harbor. Paved / limited parking. Some ramps are free and others charge a fee for launching and/or parking.

East Brimfield Reservoir

Sturbridge Road Sturbridge, 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: Trout, largemouth bass, northern pike, tiger muskee, pickerel, black crappie.

Scorton Creek Shore Fishing Area

North Shore Blvd. Sandwich, MA, 02563 Phone: 508-990-2860 Ext - 10

Shore fishing area with minimally improved property that provides shore fishing access; coastal access for all types; no ramps; no lanes. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, flounder. Managed by state Division of Marine Fisheries.

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.

Scituate Harbor

Barker Road Scituate, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, cod, flounder. Managed by the Town of Scituate.

Shubael Pond

Willimantic Drive Barnstable, MA, 02630 Phone: 508-862-4000

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers; 1 ramp; 1 lane; gravel. Fish species: Trout, smallmouth bass. Managed by Town of Barnstable.

410 Tolland Road East Otis, MA Phone: 413-269-6002

Good for many recreational activities including boating, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, and picnics.

For a small fee, launch your motorized boat off the public boat ramp at Otis Reservoir. See Tolland State Forest for full description of park.

Black Rock Creek

Off State Reservation Road Salisbury, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, cod, flounder. Managed by state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Chicopee River (Red Bridge Landing)

Red Bridge Road Wilbraham, 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 state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Rock Harbor

Rock Harbor Road Eastham, MA, 02642 Phone: 508-240-5900

Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers; coastal access for all types; 2 ramps; 2 lanes; concrete. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, fluke, cod, flounder. Managed by Town of Eastham.

Clarks Cove

W. Rodney French Blvd. New Bedford, 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: Striped bass, bluefish, tautog, fluke. Managed by the City of New Bedford.

Hamblin Pond

Prospect Street Barnstable, MA, 02630 Phone: 508-862-4000

Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers; 1 gravel lane. Fish species: Trout, smallmouth bass. Managed by Town of Barnstable.

Andrew Harding Lane

On Chatham Harbor. Sand.

392 Montague Road Wendell, MA Phone: 413-659-3797

Good for boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnics, and swimming.

Launch your non-motorized boat from the launch ramp located at the northern end of Wickett Pond. See Wendell State Park for full description of this park.

Plymouth Harbor

Water Street Plymouth, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, cod, flounder. Managed by the Town of Plymouth.

Slough Pond

Slough Road Brewster, MA, 02631 Phone: 508-896-3701

Access to lakes, ponds and rivers for small boats, canoes and kayaks; 1 lane; cartop access. Fish species: Largemouth bass, pickerel. Managed by Town of Brewster.

Ipswich River

East Street Ipswich, MA Phone:

General access: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, cod, flounder. Managed by the Town of Ipswich.

Quaboag Pond

Shore Road Brookfield, 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 Town of Brookfield.

Lynn Shore Drive Lynn, MA Phone: 781-485-2803

There is a boat launch onto Lynn Harbor at this large, two-pronged reservation on Nahant Bay. See full listing for Lynn Shores and Nahant Beach Reservation.

Saquatucket Harbor

Main Street Harwich, MA, 02645 Phone: 508-430-7514

Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers; coastal access for all types; 2 ramps; 2 lanes; concrete. Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, fluke, cod. Managed by Town of Harwich.

Annisquam River (Corliss Landing)

Off Apple Street Gloucester, 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: Striped bass, flounder. Managed by the City of Gloucester.

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.

Emmons Road, off Shore Road Bourne, MA Phone: 508-759-0621 Ext - 30

June-September. Big beach; parking stickers sold only to people with at least 30-day temporary residency; all others must walk or bike to the beach

On Buzzards Bay. Paved. Some ramps are free and others charge a fee for launching and/or parking.

Beach Road, Route 1A Salisbury, MA, 01952 Phone: 508-462-4481

Fantastic, sandy ocean beach with all waterfront sports; popular for trailer camping

This very beautiful ocean beach stretches almost 4 miles along the Atlantic. People flock to this lovely place for salt-water swimming, sunbathing, boating, fishing, and trailer camping. There are two boat ramps on the Merrimack River at the south end of the campground.
See full description of Salisbury Beach State Reservation.

Connecticut River (Oxbow)

North Street (Route 5) Easthampton, MA Phone:

Take Route I-91 to exit 18 south on Route 5 in Easthampton. Thirty-five parking spaces and a paved ramp. Customary use by high powered recreational craft and larger fishing boats. Fish species: Largemouth, smallmouth bass, northern pike white perch pickerel, black crappie, walleye. Part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park. Managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.