Islands in Boston Harbor, and easy ferry ride from downtown. Swimming, hiking, picnicking. A fun day trip
Only a few decades ago, these waters were unusable; but modern ecological technology has renewed the Harbor's reputation for fishing during the day and at night. The Brewster Islands are especially popular with boaters. Striped bass, bluefish, flounder, skate, haddock, and cod are among your many potential catches! For ferry schedule and ticket information, click the ticket icon below this listing. Season & Hours: Mid-May to mid-October; see ferry schedule
Day-use park for water sports; some sports are allowed or prohibited
Fishing, along with boating and other water sports like padding and windsurfing, is done on the large park not far from metropolitan Boston. Hours (Summer): 8am - 8pm, bathrooms locked at 7pm. Parking Fees (May-October): $8 for MA Residents; $30 for Out-of-State Resident
Rocky Woods features over six miles of former woods roads and footpaths rambling through rolling hills of white pine and red oak. Explorers of the four ponds on the reservation may find bullfrogs and painted turtles, and visitors can enjoy catch-and-release fishing from these shores. Recent landscape renovations have created a scenic meadow, grassy common areas, sandy shorelines, and plantings of ornamental shrubs. Restrooms, picnic tables and a pavilion are onsite, and future plans include creating a visitor center and improved children's play area. - Trail Map (PDF) - Campsite Map (PDF)
Weymouth Back River Reservation
Small reservation features historic areas and great fishing spots. Stodder's Neck provides harborside walking trails and a hilltop view of the Back River.
2010 Day Blvd.South Boston, MA, 02127Phone: 617-727-5290
Bayside string of parks and beaches easily accessible to Boston; walking, swimming, fishing
Castle Island is one of Boston's most popular fishing spots. Fish off the pier and around Pleasure Bay. Search the side of "the bowl," as named by fishermen, across from the shallow beach for a quiet spot to cast away. - Park Mark (PDF)
Turtle Pond ParkwayHyde Park, MA, 02136Phone: 617-333-7404
Sunfish and Perch await anglers in Turtle Pond at this 475-acre park and wildlife refuge, featuring fishing areas, biking and hiking trails, public swimming, and picnic areas. Programs are scheduled throughout the year.
162 West Union StreetAshland, MA, 01721Phone: 508-881-4092
Fishing is done on the large reservoir at this park. A boat ramp is available. Motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted. Parking: Available mid-May to Labor Day, $8 daily for MA vehicles and $30 daily for out-of-state vehicles. - Trail Map (PDF).