To help the public get to and enjoy the coast, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) makes online maps and descriptions of public access sites along the Commonwealth’s coast available to the public through:

  • Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS) - This web-based coastal mapping tool provides detailed geographic data, including all available state data layers on coastal public access. Users can interactively view various data layers, create and share maps, and download the data for use in a Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Coast Guide Online - This interactive, online mapping tool can be used to find (and find out about) coastal areas that are open to the public. It includes hundreds of sites along the Massachusetts coast—from sandy beaches to secluded coves, rocky shores, and boat ramps—owned by government agencies and major nonprofits. These sites have been mapped in Google Earth, an easy-to-use and powerful online mapping tool, where each public location is tagged with a name, owner, web link, and picture (if available). Users may use additional Google Earth offerings, such as user photos, trails, and places of interest, to create a customized map. As of spring 2013, all federal, state, and county coastal public access sites have been mapped; town and land conservation organizations are slated to be added as soon as possible.
  • Massachusetts Coast Guide to Boston Harbor and the North Shore - This 2004 publication includes 22 maps and nearly 400 public access sites from Salisbury to Hull, ranging from expansive parks with concession stands to small public landings and out-of-the-way spots.