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Massachusetts is blessed with more than 1,200 miles of seashore and hundreds of lakes, ponds, and streams. The Office of Fishing and Boating Access (OFBA) in the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is charged with providing access to these many waterways. Presently, the agency oversees boat and canoe launch sites at more than 200 coastal and inland locations in Massachusetts.
The principal source for this layer has been the Public Access to the Waters of Massachusetts, published by the OFBA. Additional sites have been digitized from USGS topographic quadrangles.
The layer is named OFBA_PT. With the January 2008 release it replaces the Public Access Board Sites (PAB_PT) layer.
The datalayer has a point attribute table with the following fields:
Item Name Description PENDING Page in book DATE_ENTER Date entered in Public Access to the Waters of Massachusetts PAGE Page in Public Access to the Waters of Massachusetts MAINTRESP Maintenance and management responsibility RAMPTYPE Launch ramp type NOLANES Number of lanes NORAMPS Number of ramps NOPRKSP Number of parking spaces CONDITION Condition of ramp FEE Fee required? (some records are null; data not yet complete) STKPRMT Sticker or permit required? (some records are null; data not yet complete) RESTRKT Restrictions? (some records are null; data not yet complete) COMMENT_ Comment field FACNAME Facility name TOWN_ID Town ID TOWN Town Name QUADS_ID USGS Quad ID QUAD_NAME USGS Quad name DOUBLEQUAD USGS Double quad name FACIL_TYPE
Type of facility:
An asterisk ( * ) after a code indicates coastal access for all facility types.
A GENERAL ACCESS: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers. B FISHERMAN ACCESS: Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers. C CARTOP ACCESS: Access to lakes, ponds and rivers for small boats, canoes and kayaks. D CANOE ACCESS: Access to rivers most suitable for canoes and kayaks. E SPORT FISHING PIER: Pier that provides fishing area for recreational anglers - barrier free. F SHORE FISHING AREA: Minimally improved property that provides shore fishing access. SITEMAPSIZ Size of site map PONDMAPNAM Filename of pond map FISH_CODES Fishing codes:
1 Trout 10 Striped bass 2 Largemouth Bass 11 Bluefish 3 Smallmouth Bass 12 Bonito 4 Northern Pike 13 False albacore 5 Tiger muskee 14 Tautog 6 White perch 15 Fluke 7 Pickerel 16 Cod 8 Black crappie 17 Flounder 9 Walleye 18 Squeteague - weak fish OFBA_ID Unique site ID assigned by the OFBA. SITEMAPNAM Name of site map COASTACCES Indicates Coastal Access. FACILTYPE1 Type of Facility: See FACIL_TYPE for details about the codes. FACILTYPE2 Type of Facility: See FACIL_TYPE for details about the codes. BARRIERFRE Barrier free - No barrier to access for handicapped people.
Maintained by DFG GIS program in cooperation with the Office of Fishing and Boating Access.
Last Updated 6/19/2017