For Immediate Release - September 17, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Celebrates Renovation of Halifax Boat Access Area

Boat ramp and docks provide boaters and anglers with improved access to Monponsett Pond

BOSTON - September 17, 2010 - In keeping with the Patrick-Murray Administration's ongoing efforts to improve boating access for Massachusetts citizens and visitors, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin today announced the completion of the reconstruction project at the Monponsett Pond Boat Access Facility in Halifax.

The $200,000 project, led by DFG's Office of Fishing and Boating Access, involved the complete reconstruction of the boat ramp and parking lot, drainage improvements, and the addition of floating docks. The widened ramp and addition of a float system greatly improves the functionality and safety of the system for boaters at this popular site.

"This is largest inland boat access project this year, providing much improved access to Monponsett Pond, which has excellent fishing for large-mouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, chain pickerel, bluegill and other species," said Commissioner Griffin. "I would like to thank the town of Halifax for the great job that they do in managing this popular site, and the anglers and boaters here today who support the access program."

The site is located on a causeway between West and East Monponsett Ponds on Monponsett Street (Route 58) in Halifax. The facility provides direct access to the 282-acre West Monponsett Pond; small boats can also access the 246-acre East Pond underneath Route 58 through a low culvert. The facility provides parking space for 21 vehicles with trailers, nine standard auto spaces, and two handicapped accessible parking spaces. The ponds provide high quality fishing, as evidenced by the four bass tournaments hosted by fishing clubs there this summer and fall.

The DFG's Office of Fishing and Boating Access completed 17 fishing and boating access projects valued at just more than $1 million around the Commonwealth in fiscal year 2010. DFG oversees public boat access sites, shore fishing areas and sport fishing piers open to the public at more than 275 inland and coastal locations throughout Massachusetts. Funding for these projects comes from federal sources and from the environmental bond signed by Governor Patrick in 2008.

DFG is responsible for promoting the enjoyment and conservation of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land preservation and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and game species, and enforcement of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. 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 lakes and ponds.