For Immediate Release - June 18, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Celebrates Renovation of Boat Access in Harwich

Saquatucket Harbor facility provides boaters access to Nantucket Sound

HARWICH - June 18, 2010 - With the official start of summer just three days away, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin today announced the completion of the reconstruction project at the Saquatucket Harbor Boat Access Facility.

The $236,000 project, led by DFG's Office of Fishing and Boating Access, involved the complete reconstruction of the retaining walls and boat ramp, originally constructed in 1968. Improvements include changes to slope of the ramp, making it easier for boaters to launch and retrieve their boats. The agency also repaved the parking lot and improved the drainage system at the site in 2006. It is estimated that there were at least 2,400 ramp trips at the facility between Memorial Day and Labor Day last year.

"This is one of the most popular ramps on Cape Cod and provides easy access to Nantucket Sound and its great fishing for striped bass, bluefish, fluke, cod and other species," said Commissioner Griffin. "I would like to thank the town of Harwich for the great job that they do in managing this popular site, as well as the Massachusetts Sportsmen's Council and the anglers and boaters here today who support the access program."

The site lies on town property off of Route 28 at the town of Harwich Saquatucket Marina and is managed by the Harwich Harbormaster's office. Annual passes for access to the ramp can be purchased from the harbormaster for $100 or boaters can pay a daily fee of $10. The facility provides parking space for 63 vehicles with trailers.

"This is an incredibly important ramp to an entire variety of users on the Mid and Lower Cape and the northeast corner of Nantucket Sound," said Tom Leach, Harwich Harbormaster. "On the old ramp, the available depth at low tide at ramp bottom was always an issue for deeper draft boats, forcing them to run off the ramp end even beyond the safety of the tow stones. The angle of the new ramp is two degrees steeper making floating of any vessel faster and without complications the old reverse pitched ramp had. It's all good."

"This is a great asset for boaters and fishermen of Cape Cod. I would like to thank the Department of Fish and Game and the Office of Fishing and Boating Access for their work in providing better access for boaters and fishermen here and around the Commonwealth," said Mike Moss, President of the Massachusetts Sportsmen's Council.

The DFG's Office of Fishing and Boating Access completed 18 fishing and boating access projects valued at just more than $1 million around the Commonwealth over the past year. DFG oversees public boat access sites, shore fishing areas and sport fishing piers open to the public at more than 275 locations throughout Massachusetts.