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.

Contact Us

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Address

1 Rabbit Hill Rd., Westborough, MA 01581

Phone

8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., M-F

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

The COVID-19 State of Emergency has affected all our lives, including getting outside to do the things we enjoy most. The more we all do now to combat this global pandemic, the quicker we will be able to fully return to freely exploring the natural areas of Massachusetts.

Please read the updated guidelines to boating within Massachusetts waters (updated August 18, 2020). These guidelines help promote the safety and health of recreational and commercial boaters. Within the document are specific guidelines for inland boat ramps and canoe launches; coastal boat ramps; recreational boating; commercial boating; and for hire boating.

Remember: do not gather in groups of more then 10 people.

We ask that you take these measures seriously. Violations of social distancing protocols are punishable: (a) the first offense shall result in a warning; (b) the second offense may result in a civil citation and a fine up to $300; and (c) further offenses which are repeated and willful may be subject to criminal penalties including a fine up to $500 or term of imprisonment or both.

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we continue to address this public health emergency.

 

Updates on FBA facilities

  • **2021 Special Use Permits will be available beginning October 1, 2020 at 8 a.m.**

  • Rock Harbor—Dyer Prince Road, Eastham
    The boat ramp facility is open for the 2020 season!

  • Connecticut River—Medina Street, Chicopee
    The boat access facility will be closed for reconstruction beginning July 29, 2020. Reconstruction is anticipated to be completed by May 2021. Updates will be posted as available.

  • Merrimack River (Joppa Flats)—Water Street, Newburyport
    The boat ramp facility is open for the 2020 season!

  • Scorton Creek—Holway Road, Sandwich
    The boat ramp facility is open for the 2020 season!

  • Merrimack River—Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell
    The boat ramp facility is open for the 2020 season!

  • Connecticut River (Barton Cove)—Cove View Road, Gill
    The boat ramp facility is open for the 2020 season!

  • Connecticut River—Syrek Street, Chicopee
    The boat access facility is open! Please note that short-term, temporary closures may occur due to increased river flows.

  • Connecticut River (Oxbow)—North Street, Easthampton
    The boat ramp facility is open! Please note that short-term, temporary closures may occur due to increased river flows.

  • Cook Pond—Henry, Fall River
    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
    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.

  • 2020 Special Use Permits are now available. Apply online or by mail.

  • Cochituate Lake—Commonwealth Road, Wayland
    The boat ramp will be closed for reconstruction beginning September 2020. Any updates will be posted when available.

 

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