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About one million people go saltwater fishing in Massachusetts tidal waters each year. With increased privatization of our shoreline, providing public access to our waters is essential. We do this by:
The Office of Fishing and Boating Access keeps a directory of public access sites including:
Most sites supported by DMF are available. Information is available in both a searchable list view and map view. You can also view maps of artificial reef locations.
All anglers should know their public access rights along the shoreline.
The Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund boosted efforts to improve public access. The fund is divided into two subcategories, Cooperative Projects and Small Grants.
Cooperative projects include construction and maintenance to public access locations. The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Program reimburses all cooperative projects.
Small grants allow towns to apply for funds to support their public access projects. All funded projects must allow for access to all saltwater anglers fishing in Massachusetts.
Have questions? Contact Ross Kessler, DMF Public Access Coordinator, at (508) 990-2860 x143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the following links to learn more about DMF owned public access site.