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National Fishing and Boating Week is June 2–10. Celebrate with local events!
6/04/2018
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Family fishing on dock

Fishing and Boating Week, June 2–10, is a national celebration to highlight the importance of recreational boating and fishing. Celebrate at one of the many fishing and boating events scheduled for this week! 

  • June 2: Touch-a-Boat at Newburyport Waterfront, Newburyport – (54R Merrimac Street, Newburyport). 12–5 p.m. This event is part of Mass Kids Boating Week
  • June 2: Touch-a-Boat at Constitution Marina, Charlestown – (28 Constitution Marina, Constitution Road, Charlestown). 12–5 p.m. This event is part of Mass Kids Boating Week
  • June 2: Get Up and Get Outdoors Family Fishing Festival, Charlton – Join MassWildlife's Angler Education Program for a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at Buffumville Lake Park (229 Oxford Rd., Charlton), 10 a.m.–1 p.m. *Open to the public. Please contact Nicole Giles at Nicole.C.Giles@usace.army.mil for more information.
  • June 2: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Festival, Turners Falls – Join MassWildlife's Angler Education Program for a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at the Great Falls Discovery Center on the Connecticut River in Turners Falls (2 Avenue A), 10 a.m.–2 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. *Open to the public. Contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.
  • June 3: Carbuncle Pond Family Fishing Festival, Oxford – Join MassWildlife's Angler Education Program for a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Oxford Conservation Department at the beach area off of Main Street in Oxford from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information
  • June 3: Touch-a-Boat at Brunelle's Marina, Hadley – (1 Alvord Street, South Hadley). 10 a.m.–2 p.m. This event is part of Mass Kids Boating Week
  • June 3: Touch-a-Boat at Iron Horse Park, Hingham – (Hingham Harbor, 3 Otis Street, Hingham). 12–3 p.m. This event is part of Mass Kids Boating Week
  • June 5: Family Fishing Clinic, Wakefield Join MassWildlife's Angler Education Program for a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Lake Quannapowit (Playground area off of Lake Ave.) 3:30–5:30 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Reading Recreation Department.*Open to the public, pre-registration required; contact Reading Recreation at https://readingma.myrec.com/info/default.aspx to pre-register.
  • June 6: Family Fishing Clinic, Canton Join MassWildlife's Angler Education Program for a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Reservoir Pond  5–7 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Canton Recreation Department. *Open to the public, pre-registration required; contact Canton Recreation at https://www.cantonrec.com/info/activities/ to pre-register.
  • June 7: Family Fishing Clinic, Swansea – Join MassWildlife's Angler Education Program for a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Swansea Public Library at Lewin Brook Pond (corner of Main Street and Hortonville Road, Swansea) from 6–8 pm. *Open to the public, pre-registration required. Please contact Carol Gafford at carol.gafford@sailsinc.org or (508) 674-9609 for more information.
  • June 7: Lakeside Kids' Event, Webster – This event is a great opportunity for youth in the community to be exposed to the many ways to have fun in and around the water. Activities at this event include Touch-A-Boat, Kayaking Demos and Fishing Demos. There will also be information tables where event goers can speak with local organizations about their offerings and services. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be present to pass out information about boating safely. (Memorial Beach Drive, Webster). 5 p.m.–8 p.m. This event is part of Mass Kids Boating Week
  • June 9: Touch-a-Boat at Nantucket Boat Basin, Nantucket – Children of all ages are welcome to touch a boat, speak with local fishermen and captains, participate in crafts and explore the waterfront. Lite snacks and activities will be provided. This event is free and open to children of all ages in an effort to support exposure to the marine industry. (1 Swains Wharf, Nantucket). 9 a.m.–12 p.m. This event is part of Mass Kids Boating Week
  • June 9: Get Hooked Youth Fishing Tournament, Newburyport – Head out to the Artichoke for a few hours of fishing, sun and splash splashing fish. Register early to save your spot ($10 for early registration, $20 for day-of registration). 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are awarded in 3 categories of fish, plus a few fun awards. Giveaway prizes for the first 25 registered. (The Artichoke, Turkey Hill Road, Newburyport). 8–11 a.m. This event is part of Mass Kids Boating Week
  • June 9: Adult "Learn to Fly Fish", Marlborough – Join MassWildlife's Angler Education Program for a fly fishing clinic. This is clinic designed for adults (18+) interested in learning how to fly fish at the Marlborough Fish and Game Club (1 Muddy Lane, Marlborough 01752) 10 a.m.–2 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Marlborough Fish and Game Club. Open to the public, pre-registration required, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6309.
  • June 10: Horn Pond Family Fishing Festival, Woburn – Join MassWildlife's Angler Education Program for a family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Meet at the south end of the pond near the boat ramp area off of Pond Street 9 a.m.–1 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Woburn Elks. Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us
  • June 10: Kids' Annual Fishing Derby, Foxborough – This is a free event open to Foxborough residents aged 3–13 only. T-shirts provided to commemorate the event to each participant. Bass Pro Shop provides a hat for each fisherman, extra poles for those who might have one and ALL the food for a BBQ after. There is a winner in each age group. (Lane Property, Neponset Rerservoir, Foxborough). 9 a.m.–12 p.m. This event is part of Mass Kids Boating Week

Don't see an event that works for you during Fishing and Boating Week? Don't worry—MassWildlife offers many great fishing programs throughout the year! Check out the MassWildlife Angler Education schedule here. 

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.

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