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Boat Ramps - Western Massachusetts & The Berkshires

Connecticut River Greenway State Park - Northampton, MA - Photo Credit Carrie Beauvais
Connecticut River Greenway State Park

136 Damon Road Northampton, MA, 01060 Phone: 413-586-8706

Use the Pauchaug, Barton Cove, Sunderland, Hatfield, and Chicopee Boat Access points to launch your canoe (find details below). Elwell Recreation Area is designated for canoes and rowing only. Paddle at your own pace up/down the scenic and historic Connecticut River.
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. This property is part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park.
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. This property is 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.
Sandisfield State Forest (York Lake) - Sandisfield, MA - Photo Credit MA State Parks
Sandisfield State Forest (York Lake)

York Lake Road Sandisfield, MA, 01255 Phone: 413-229-8212

York Lake has a day use area with boat ramp for kayaks and canoes and smaller sail boats. No motorized boats permitted.
Wickett Pond Boat Launch - Wendell State Park - Wendell, MA
Wendell State Forest

392 Montague Road Wendell, MA, 01379 Phone: 413-659-3797

Launch your non-motorized boat from the launch ramp located at the northern end of Wickett Pond.
Paddling at October Mountain State Forest - Lee, MA - Photo Credit MA State Parks
October Mountain State Forest

317 Woodland Road Lee, MA, 01238 Phone: 413-243-1778

At this very large and rustic state park, car top boat ramps are available at Housatonic River (public access at New Lenox Road), Buckley Dunton Reservoir, and October Mountain Reservoir day-use area.
Lake Wyola State Park

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.
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. This property is part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park. Managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Onota Lake Boat Launch

Lakeway Drive Pittsfield, MA, 01201 Phone:

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.
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.
Hampton Ponds State Park - Westfield, MA - Photo Credit MA State Parks
Hampton Ponds State Park

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

Park offers all manner of water sports including motor boating, canoeing, and kayaking.
Fishing Kids - Tolland State Forest - East Otis, MA - Photo Credit MA State Parks
Tolland State Forest

410 Tolland Road East Otis, MA, 01029 Phone: 413-269-6002

For a small fee, launch your motorized boat off the public boat ramp at Otis Reservoir.
Benedict Pond - Beartown State Forest - Monterey, MA - Photo Credit Mark Sheldon
Beartown State Forest

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

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.