For Immediate Release - August 06, 2013

Patrick Administration Announces Completion of Fishing and Boating Access Projects

BOSTON – July 22, 2013 – With summer’s busy boating season in full swing, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced the completion of 18 Massachusetts fishing and boating access projects.

“Fishing and boating is enjoyed by more than one million Massachusetts residents and visitors each year,” said Secretary Sullivan. “These completed projects will provide additional recreational opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.”

This year’s boating access projects, managed by the Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA), include repair and new construction of boat ramps, cartop boat access areas, new boarding floats, barrier-free fishing piers, renovations to parking areas and road repairs.

“Maintaining our more than 275 fishing and boating access areas is important for people who fish, boat and spend their money on outdoor recreation in Massachusetts,” said Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin. “Fishing and boating access construction is a great investment in the Commonwealth’s recreational infrastructure.”

Funds for the acquisition, construction and maintenance of  FBA facilities comes from several sources; state general funds, bond appropriations, revenue from the sale of the Division of Marine Fisheries’ recreational salt water fishing permits, and federal reimbursements by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the federal Sport Fish Restoration Act..

The $1.64 million invested in the projects has generated more than $2.75 million in economic activity for the Commonwealth, including engineering services, construction, and building materials.

Fiscal Year 2013 Projects:

Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Islands

  • Oak Bluffs-Oak Bluffs Harbor: FBA is managing the construction of a sport fishing pier scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013. The $1 million project is being paid for with funds from FBA and DFG’s Division of Marine Fisheries, including money from the sale of recreational salt water fishing permits. The pier will be located on Sea View Avenue Extension north of the Steamship Authority's pier. Upon completion, the L-shaped, pile-supported, handicapped accessible fishing pier will be the largest sport fishing pier in the state.
  • Swansea-Coles River: Work involved the installation of new floats, piles and float extension at a cost of $67,025. The facility, which is managed by the Town of Swansea, provides parking for 40 vehicles with trailers, access to Mount Hope Bay and fishing for striped bass, bluefish, bonito, tautog, fluke and squeteague.
  • Nantucket-Hither Creek: FBA managed the replacement of the boat ramp at this access facility, valued at $55,000. The access provides parking for four vehicles with trailers and good fishing for striped bass, bluefish, bonito, false albacore, tautog and fluke. The facility is managed by the Town of Nantucket.
  • Barnstable-Blish Point: Work involved replacement of the pile system and boarding floats at a cost of $32,950. The access area provides access to Barnstable Harbor and Cape Cod Bay, with good fishing for striped bass, bluefish and flounder. The location has 34 trailer parking spaces, and is managed by the Town of Barnstable.
  • Yarmouth-Bass River (Smith Street): The FBA did minor repairs to the docks and floats at the facility valued at $3,000. This access area has parking for 68 vehicles with trailers and provides access to the Bass River and Nantucket Sound with fishing for striped bass, bluefish, fluke, flounder and scup. It is managed by the Town of Yarmouth.
  • Orleans-Bakers Pond: FBA re-graded and made other repairs to the parking area valued at $1,000. This cartop access area has parking for six vehicles and the 32-acre pond has good fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, as well as trout stocked by the DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Mashpee-Mashpee Wakeby Pond: FBA conducted repairs in the parking area at a cost of $2,500. This facility is managed by the Town of Mashpee and provides boating access to the 729-acre pond system located in Mashpee and Sandwich. The pond supports fishing for trout stocked by DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, as well as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch and chain pickerel.

Northeastern Massachusetts/Greater Boston

  • Salisbury-Black Rock Creek: FBA managed a project that replaced the float system and damaged piles, at a cost of approximately $220,000. This facility is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, has parking for 60 vehicles with trailers and offers access to the Merrimack River and coastal waters that support fishing for striped bass, bluefish, cod and flounder.
  • Haverhill-Merrimack River: FBA replaced the upper portion of the existing boat ramp with the cost of the project valued at $16,000. The facility is managed by the City of Haverhill and provides parking for 10 vehicles with trailers and access to the river and fishing for striped bass, largemouth bass and shad.
  • Danvers-Pope’s Landing (Porter River): FBA installed a fence at this site at a cost of $1,500. The facility, managed by the Town of Danvers, has parking for 64 vehicles with trailers and provides access to north shore waters and fishing for striped bass, bluefish and cod.
  • Dedham-Charles River: FBA oversaw the construction of a new cartop access facility costing $99,000 that provides parking for eight vehicles and access for canoes, kayaks and other cartop boats. It will be managed by the Town of Dedham. This section of the Charles River has good fishing for largemouth bass and chain pickerel.

Central Massachusetts

  • Lancaster-Fort Pond: FBA managed the reconstruction of the existing boat ramp, parking area and entrance roadway valued at $75,000. This facility is managed by DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, providing parking for six vehicles with trailers and four vehicles with cartop boats. Fort Pond is a 74-acre enlarged great pond stocked with trout annually by DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife that also provides good fishing for largemouth bass and chain pickerel.
  • Grafton-Blackstone River: FBA provided engineering services valued at $3,100 for the construction of this new cartop access that will be managed by the Town of Grafton. The facility has parking for six vehicles and the Blackstone River provides good fishing for largemouth bass, chain pickerel and perch.

Western Massachusetts

  • Otis-Shaw Pond: FBA managed repairs to the parking area valued at $40,000. The facility has parking for 10 vehicles with trailers and the 80-acre pond has fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel and black crappie. Day to day management of the site is by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
  • West Stockbridge-Cranberry Pond: FBA repaired the gravel parking area at this facility with the project valued at $15,000. The access area, managed by the DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, has parking for six vehicles with cartop boats. The 20-acre pond offers fishing for largemouth bass, chain pickerel and black crappie.
  • New Marlboro-Thousand Acre Pond: FBA managed the reconstruction of the boat ramp and repairs to the parking lot, valued at $8,000. This facility is managed by the DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. It provides parking for eight vehicles with trailers and the 155-acre pond has good fishing for largemouth bass and chain pickerel.
  • Southwick-Congamond Lakes: FBA made $3,000 in building repairs at both the north and south ramps, which combined accommodate 48 vehicles with trailers and ten vehicles for cartop boats. The 450-acre Congamond Lakes are very popular with recreational boaters and anglers who pursue trout stocked by DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, largemouth bass, chain pickerel and black crappie. The facilities are managed by the Town of Southwick.
  • Monterey-Lake Garfield: FBA managed $2,500 in improvements to the boat ramp at this facility, which provides parking for 12 vehicles with cartop boats. The 265-acre lake has good fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel and black crappie. The access area is managed by the Town of Monterey.

DFG is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

FBA is charged with providing boating and fishing access to over 1,200 miles of seashore as well as hundreds of ponds, rivers and streams in the Commonwealth. The agency oversees more than 275 boat and canoe launch sites, along with shore fishing areas and fishing piers. The facilities give residents and visitors extensive opportunities to enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and motorized boating.

Click here for a table of information about the individual access locations, maps, and fisheries information.