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MassGIS Data: Office of Fishing and Boating Access Sites

January 2021

The Fishing and Boating Access Sites datalayer represents locations for public access to the waters of Massachusetts.

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Overview

Massachusetts is blessed with more than 1,200 miles of seashore and hundreds of lakes, ponds, and streams. The Office of Fishing and Boating Access (OFBA) in the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is charged with providing access to these many waterways. Presently, the agency oversees boat and canoe launch sites at more than 200 coastal and inland locations in Massachusetts.

The principal source for this layer has been the Public Access to the Waters of Massachusetts, published by the OFBA. Additional sites have been digitized from USGS topographic quadrangles.

The layer is named OFBA_PT. With the January 2008 release it replaces the Public Access Board Sites (PAB_PT) layer.

Attributes

The datalayer has a point attribute table with the following fields:

PENDING Page in book
 
DATE_ENTER Date entered in Public Access to the Waters of Massachusetts
 
PAGE Page in Public Access to the Waters of Massachusetts
 
MAINTRESP Maintenance and management responsibility
 
RAMPTYPE Launch ramp type
 
NOLANES Number of lanes
 
NORAMPS Number of ramps
 
NOPRKSP Number of parking spaces
 
CONDITION Condition of ramp
 
FEE Fee required? (some records are null; data not yet complete)
 
STKPRMT Sticker or permit required? (some records are null; data not yet complete)
 
RESTRKT Restrictions? (some records are null; data not yet complete)
 
COMMENT Comment field
 
FACNAME Facility name
 
TOWN_ID Town ID
 
TOWN Town Name
 
QUADS_ID USGS Quad ID
 
QUAD_NAME USGS Quad name
 
DOUBLEQUAD USGS Double quad name
 
FACIL_TYPE
Type of facility:
A
GENERAL ACCESS: Concrete boat ramp and parking for boat trailers.
B
FISHERMAN ACCESS: Small concrete ramp, concrete pad ramp system or gravel ramp designed for smaller boats and parking for boat trailers.
C
CARTOP ACCESS: Access to lakes, ponds and rivers for small boats, canoes and kayaks.
D
CANOE ACCESS: Access to rivers most suitable for canoes and kayaks.
E
SPORT FISHING PIER: Pier that provides fishing area for recreational anglers - barrier free.
F
SHORE FISHING AREA: Minimally improved property that provides shore fishing access.
An asterisk ( * ) after a code indicates coastal access for all facility types.
 
SITEMAPSIZ Size of site map
 
PONDMAPNAM Filename of pond map
 
FISH_CODES
        Fishing codes:
1
Trout
2
Largemouth Bass
3
Smallmouth Bass
4
Northern Pike
5
Tiger muskee
6
White perch
7
Pickerel
8
Black crappie
9
Walleye
10
Striped bass
11
Bluefish
12
Bonito
13
False albacore
14
Tautog
15
Fluke
16
Cod
17
Flounder
18
Squeteague - weak fish
OFBA_ID Unique site ID assigned by the OFBA.
 
SITEMAPNAM Name of site map
 
COASTACCES Indicates Coastal Access.
 
FACILTYPE1 Type of Facility: See FACIL_TYPE for details about the codes.
 
FACILTYPE2 Type of Facility: See FACIL_TYPE for details about the codes.
 
BARRIERFRE Barrier free - No barrier to access for handicapped people.

Maintenance

Maintained by DFG GIS program in cooperation with the Office of Fishing and Boating Access. Updates are sent to MassGIS as needed. Last updated in January 2021.

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