- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Department of Fish and Game
- Office of Fishing and Boating Access
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Improvements to Boat Access Facility in Southwick
SOUTHWICK — As part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to increase public access for fishers and boaters across the Commonwealth, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Ron Amidon today joined state and local officials, recreational anglers, boaters and other project supporters today celebrated the reconstruction of the Congamond Lakes South Ramp in Southwick. The Baker-Polito Administration provided $319,000 in capital funds for reconstruction of the boat ramp and new boarding floats at the facility.
“The Baker-Polito Administration is dedicated to improving recreational opportunities across the Commonwealth for residents and visitors who enjoy fishing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Congamond Lakes are very popular with the boating and fishing community, and the improvements at this facility will help meet the great demand for access to approximately 475 acres of water in the three inter-connected lakes.”
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Office of Fishing and Boating Access contracted with BTT Marine Construction Company, LLC of Boston for the construction at the facility. The site has 18 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers, and complements another boat access facility one mile to the north off Grove Road that has parking for approximately 40 vehicles.
“Together with the Congamond Lakes North boat ramp and recreational fishing pier, the Congamond Lakes South Ramp provides public access to one of the most popular fresh water fishing and boating destinations in the Commonwealth,” said DFG Commissioner Ron Amidon. “We are grateful to the Town of Southwick for the partnership that makes this possible.”
Both facilities are managed by the Town of Southwick Lake Management Committee through a Land Management Agreement with the DFG’s Office of Fishing and Boating Access.
“The Town of Southwick would like to thank the Baker Administration, Secretary Beaton, Department of Fish and Game, Office of Fishing & Boating Access, Senator Humason, Representative Boldyga and their respective staffs for addressing the needs of Congamond Lakes, which are a tremendous asset to the Town of Southwick and the Commonwealth,” said Russell Fox, Vice-Chair of the Town of Southwick Select Board. “These lakes, the public boat ramps, fishing pier and associated appurtenances provide recreational opportunities for fishermen, boaters, tubers, skiers, swimmers and for those who just want to relax and enjoy the view.”
“The Congamond Ponds are a treasured resource for fishing and boating in Southwick and the greater Western Mass community,” said State Senator Don Humason. “I am proud to have worked with my colleagues in the Baker-Polito Administration to restore and improve access to the Lakes for years to come.”
“The Congamond Lakes are a great natural resource with many environmental and recreational benefits,” said Representative Nicholas Boldyga. “The new boat launch will increase accessibility and enjoyment for those spending time on the lake.”
The Congamond Lakes are well known for excellent fishing opportunities, particularly for largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, and trout stocked by DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. More than 80 bass fishing tournaments are permitted by the Office of Fishing and Boating Access at the North Ramp each year. Additional access at the South Ramp is particularly critical during tournaments and weekends and holidays during the summer.
The Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Fishing and Boating Access provides boating and fishing access opportunities along Massachusetts’ 1,200 mile seashore and access to hundreds of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams in the Commonwealth. The agency oversees approximately 300 boat and canoe launch sites, shore fishing areas and recreational fishing piers. See this link for a list of all sites and more information.
The Department of Fish and Game 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.