Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA)

FBA provides boat and canoe access sites, shore fishing areas, and sport fishing piers at more than 290 locations on coastal waters, great ponds and rivers throughout Massachusetts.

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Address

1 Rabbit Hill Rd., Westborough, MA 01581

Online

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Who we serve

The Office of Fishing and Boating Access serves the public by providing and maintaining access to over 290 coastal and inland boat and canoe launch and fishing areas across the state.

News and Updates

In accordance with the Baker-Polito Administration's May 17, 2021 announcement, all remaining EEA sector-specific COVID-19 guidance documents were rescinded on May 29, 2021. For additional information about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, please visit the COVID-19 Updates and Information Page.

Updates on FBA facilities

  • 2021 Special Use Permits are now available. Apply online or by mail.

  • Congamond Lake—North and South Ramps, Southwick
    On Monday, October 18, 2021, the south boat ramp will be closed until midday and north ramp will be closed all day for crack sealing of the parking lots. 

  • Lake Quinsigamond—N Quinsigamond Avenue, Shewsbury
    The boat access facility will be closed for rowing races on October 9, 10, 17, 30, 31.

  • Hither Creek—F Street, Nantucket
    The boat ramp will be closed due to an ongoing reconstruction project of the solid fill pier immediately adjacent to the boat ramp from mid-September 2021 through January 30, 2022.

  • Merrimack River—Riverside Drive, Methuen
    Management Measure: The boat ramp facility is closed November 1–March 31. It will reopen April 1–October 31, 5 a.m.–9 p.m daily

  • Connecticut River (Oxbow)—North Street, Easthampton
    The boat ramp is open! Temporary closures may still occur if water levels rise.
    Management Measure: The boat ramp facility will be closed seasonally mid-November to mid-May . Please note that short-term, temporary closures may occur due to increased river flows. 

  • Singletary Lake—West Main Street, Millbury
    The floats have been removed for the season.
    Management Measure: The boat ramp facility will be open for cartop access only during periods of lake level drawdown, November 1–May 1.

  • Connecticut River (Barton Cove)—Cove View Road, Gill
    The boat ramp is open for the season!
    Management Measure: The boat ramp will be closed mid-November and reopen mid-May when safety barrels are installed.
  • Flint Pond—Flint Pond Road, Tynsborough
    Starting in mid-March 2021 through April 2022 the Flint Pond boating access facility will be closed to public use due to the reconstruction of the boat ramp and dam repairs.  Please monitor this website for the re-opening date
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  • Merrimack River—Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell
    The boat ramp is open for the season! 
    Management Measure: The public access facility will be closed for public usage November 2020–May 2021. Exact closure dates are determined by the installation and removal of the safety barrier at the Pawtucket Dam. 

  • Cochituate Lake—Commonwealth Road, Wayland
    Floats will not be installed at the ramp in 2021. The boat ramp will be closed for reconstruction beginning September 7, 2021. Any updates will be posted when available.

  • Scorton Creek—Inner Beach Lane, Sandwich
    Management Measure: The public access facility will be closed December 1–April 15.

  • Walden Pond—Concord Road, Concord
    Management Measure:
    The boat ramp facility will be closed December 1–April 1, weather permitting.

  • Connecticut River—Syrek Street, Chicopee
    The boat ramp facility is open for the season, due to current low water levels. Temporary closures may still occur if water levels rise. 
    Management Measure: The boat ramp facility will be closed seasonally mid-November to mid-May. Please note that short-term, temporary closures may occur due to increased river flows.

  • Cook Pond—Henry, Fall River
    Measurement Measure: From December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, the boat ramp facility is closed all day Monday–Friday, and Saturday–Sunday from dusk to dawn. The facility is open Saturday–Sunday from dawn to dusk. The facility is open every day April 1–November 30 from dawn until dusk.

  • South Watuppa Pond—Jefferson Street Extension, Fall River
    Management Measure: From December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, the boat ramp facility is closed all day Monday–Friday, and Saturday–Sunday from dusk to dawn. The facility is open Saturday–Sunday from dawn to dusk. The facility is open every day April 1–November 30 from dawn until dusk.

  • Merrimack River (Riley Park)—Rowe Street, Lawrence
    The boat ramp facility is temporarily closed. Please check back for re-opening date.

 

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