MassParks recreational activity search
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Check out the MassParks recreational activity search engine which can help you find state parks that offers your favorite activities and amenities.
Our parks offer a wonderful variety of special events, nature activities and educational programs for people of all ages and abilities all year long! Please use our new calendar search tool to find programs and events in MassParks across the state.
In January 2015, the Commonwealth of MA modified certain MassParks day use parking fees, including the following:
- An increase in day use parking fees at parks and beaches that charge a parking fee. In addition, the day use parking fee for vehicles with out-of-state license plates is now slightly higher than for those with Massachusetts license plates.
- An increase in fees for the annual MassParks Pass to $60 for MA residents and to $85 for non-MA residents. The charge for adding a second vehicle to an Annual Pass is now $25.
- Effective March 15, 2015, a new, one-time fee of $10 for a lifetime Senior MassParks Pass for Massachusetts residents 62 years or older. DCR will continue to honor Senior MassParks Passes previously issued by the agency.
The new revenue raised by the increased fees will be used by DCR to address critical staffing and infrastructure needs across the state park system. DCR has been sensitive to the economy, and we have not increased our day use fees statewide since 2004.
In the coming weeks, DCR will post individual park day use parking fees by location on this website. Visitors may also see park signage for updated fee information.
Most DCR facilities charge a day use parking fee, and a small number also charge a surcharge that funds a trust to benefit the specific facility. To see a list of parks that charge a day use parking fee and the fee amount, see Day Use Parking Fees webpage.
Daily parking fees are waived for vehicles displaying an Annual MassParks Pass, holders of a lifetime Senior MassParks Pass, and vehicles bearing a handicapped license plate or placard or disabled veteran license plate, from any state.
Are you a regular visitor to DCR parks or beaches? DCR’s Annual MassParks Pass offers you a significant savings over daily parking charges. It covers day use parking fees for one vehicle for one calendar year, January through December, at most facilities where parking fees are charged. The fee is $60 for residents and $85 for non-residents, per year.
The Senior MassParks Pass, valid for the lifetime of the pass holder, is available to Massachusetts residents 62 year of age or older. Day use parking fees for vehicles occupied by the pass holder, whether as driver or passenger, are waived. The nominal, one-time fee for this pass is $10.00, effective March 15, 2015. DCR will honor Senior MassParks Passes issued previous to that date.
Borrow a Parks Pass from a participating library or recreation department and discover your Massachusetts State Parks! The Parks Pass entitles the bearer to free parking at over 50 facilities in the MassParks system that charge a day use parking fee.
- Mass Parks Permits and Rentals
Information on DCR Permits, Special Event Permits, Watershed & Reservoir Permits, & Boat Rental Information
- Reserve a Campsite
- Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, and Boating Access Maps
Massachusetts boasts a variety of areas for the outdoor enthusiast, and this section will guide you to the many places you can explore in the Bay State on land or freshwater with binoculars, fishing rod or firearm. Enjoy the outdoors with other users!
- Find a State Park
Beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs - All of these places make up the Massachusetts State Parks. You can find a place to go in all regions of the Commonwealth from Pittsfield to Boston and Gloucester to Provincetown. Each one offers activities and amenities.
- Boat and Recreational Vehicle Registration
The Boat, Off-Highway Vehicle, and Snowmobile Registration Bureau is responsible for registering motorboats, snowmobiles, and recreation vehicles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Buy, Renew, or Print Hunting and Fishing Licenses
MassFishHunt is the official online licensing and game harvest reporting system of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game. Use the system to purchase and print Massachusetts saltwater and freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses, permits, and stamps, report a harvest, and manage your account. Licenses and permits may also be purchased in person at select locations. Recreational saltwater fishing permits may be purchased by phone at 1-866-703-1925.