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Public Launch ramps

We are putting together a comprehensive list of all public launch ramps in eastern Massachusetts. If you know of any that we are missing or have any details on any we have listed please drop us an E-mail and let us know. We are trying to get maps for each of the ramps listed, this may take some time to complete, again if you have any details we could use let us know, thanks!

Barnstable County

Barnstable, MA 02630
Blish Point Ramp, Mill Way, Barnstable Harbor (Map)
Town Ramp, Newton Rd, Lovells Pond
Town Ramp, Willimantic Dr. Shubael Pond

Bourne, MA 02532
State Ramp, Herring Pond Rd., Great Herring Pond (Map)
Town Ramp, Harrwich Rd., Sheep Pond

Barlows Landing Ramp
Town of Bourne

Located at the end of Barlows Landing Road
Public must have resident town sticker

Dennis, MA 02638
Town Ramp, Cold Storage Rd., Sesuit Harbor

Eastham, MA 02642
Town Ramp, Dyer Prence Rd., Rock Harbor

Falmouth, MA 02540
State Ramp, Currier Rd., Ashumet Pond
Town Ramp, Manauhant Rd., Green Pond

Harwich, MA 02645
Town Ramp, Harbor Rd., Saquatucket Harbor

Mashpee, MA 02649
State Ramp, Hooppole Rd., Johns Pond
State Ramp, Route 130, Mashpee Pond

Orleans, MA 02653
State Ramp, Baker Pond Rd., Baker Pond

Sandwich, MA 02563
Town Ramp, Ewer Rd., Peters Pond

Truro, MA 02666
Town Ramp, Depot Rd., Pamet River

Yarmouth, MA 02675
Town Ramp, South Shore Dr., Bass River

Bristol County

Dartmouth, MA 02714
Town Ramp, Gulf Rd., Apponagasett Bay

Lakeville/Freetown  (Long Pond)  
Exit #5 off Rte 495 South - Fee charged by Mass DEP (more info) 

Fairhaven, MA 02719
Town Ramp, Ocean Ave., Nasketucket Bay
Town Ramp, Middle Street, New Bedford Harbor

Fall River, MA 02721
State Ramp, Laurel Street, Cook Pond
State Ramp, Jefferson Street, S. Watuppa Pond

New Bedford, MA 02744
City Ramp, Rodney French Blvd., West, Clarks Cove
City Ramp, Frederick Street, New Bedford Harbor (Map)

North Attleboro, MA  02760
State Ramp at Falls Pond.   Charges apply. 
 (More info)

Swansea, MA
Cole River Ramp, Ocean Grove Avenue in Swansea
maintenance responsibility town of Swansea (

Somerset, MA
Somerset Baot Ramp on the Taunton River maintained by town of Somerset

Westport, MA 02790
State Ramp, John Reed Rd., Westport River

Dukes County

Edgartown, MA 02539
Town Ramp, Atlantic Dr., Katama Bay

Tisbury, MA 02575
Town Ramp, Beach Rd., Lagoon Pond

Essex County

Danvers, MA 01923
The name of the ramp is "Popes landing" and it is located on Liberty street in Danvers, MA. 01923.

State boat ramp on Rock Pond
off route 97 next to Cuffy Doles Restaurant.
No fee.  Parking for several tow vehicles with trailers.

Gloucester, MA 01930
City Ramp, Duley Street, Lanes Cove
Corliss Landing, Apple Street, Annisquam River (Map)
Long Wharf Ramp, Atlantic Street, Jones River

Local Knowledge

1) Corliss ramp is very shallow and should be considered a "use only at 1/2 tide"  
        type ramp unless you have a 12 aluminum or something very small.

2) A new ramp at the high school is now open.  It is a dramatic improvement over the old ramp. 

3) There is a boat ramp located out past the Apple Street one referred to as Lanes Cove.

4) The Jones river ramp is tidal and has negligible parking.

Hamilton, MA 01936
State Ramp, Chebacco Road, Chebacco Lake

Ipswich, MA 01938
State Ramp, Boxford Road, Hood Pond
Town Ramp, East Street, Ipswich River

Lynn, MA 01902
State Ramp, Nahant Beach Parkway, Lynn Harbor

Newbury, MA 01950
State Ramp, Newbury Turnpike, Route 1, Parker River

Newburyport, MA 01950
Cashman Park off Water St.
Commercial ramp also.  Fees for both. 
Pump out station.

Salem, MA 01970
Town Ramp, Kernwood Avenue, Danvers River

Salisbury, MA 01950
State Ramp, Old Country Road, Black Rock Creek

Middlesex County

Tufts University Yacht Club
1600 Mystic Valley Parkway,
Medford, MA 02155

Cochituate State Park, Lake Cochituate, off Route #30. (Map)

Nantucket County

Nantucket, MA 02554
Town Ramp, Madaket Road, Hither Creek

Norfolk County

          Quincy, MA 02169
Town River Marina, Southern Artery (Rt 3A)
$10 for the day, closes at 6pm   617-745-9813   marina@townriver.com

Weymouth, MA 02191
Town Ramp, River Street, Back River

Plymouth County

Hingham, MA 
Town Ramp, Rt. 3A, Hingham Harbor

Hanover, MA 02339
State Ramp, Riverside Drive, Indian Head Harbor

Marshfield, MA 02050
Town Ramp, Central Street, Green Harbor

Plymouth, MA 02360
State Ramp, Clark Road, Long Pond
State Ramp, Blueberry Road, Sandy Point
Town Ramp, Water Street, Plymouth Harbor

Rochester, MA 02770
State Ramp, Neck Road, Snipautuit Pond

Scituate, MA 02066
Town Ramp, Jericho Road, Scituate Harbor

Wareham, MA 02571
State Ramp, Route 195 Rest Area, Weweantic River

Suffolk County


Lower Charles River off Nonantum Rd 
Run by the MDC

Brighton (Charles River)
Ramp is immediately next to Daly Fields & Recreational Center (A soccer/footbal field). Nice parking for trailers available at the ramp. It is part of the Charles River Reservation. Location: Nonantum Road, about 1/2 mile East of Charlesbank Road/Nonantum Road intersection


A great dual- ramp and lots free parking area, near the Schrafft's candy building. two-lane ramp backs down into a totally protected (no wind!) cove, on one of the "side alleys" that extends from the Mystic River, right near the Tobin Bridge. No dock to tie up at after launch or before reloading.
Directions from North: I-93 South to Sullivan Square exit; this puts you in a rotary that the Schraffts building sits on. Exit the Rotary on Main Street (the Schraffts building will be on your left as you exit the rotary). Take 1st left onto Medford street. There are some small blue signs on the phone poles that say "Boat Ramp". Continue on Medford; turn left on Terminal Street. The ramp will be on your right side. Opens at 7am, closes at 11pm. Entire area well-lighted for night pullouts. This ramp gives the best access to Boston Inner Harbor.

At the Boston Gas tank off the 93
Freeport street exit (#11) coming from the South on 93
Exit 12 from the North (Should only be used at 1/2 tide and above)

Local Knowledge
The status of the Boston gas ramp is closed 12 months of the year.  A Boston Police detail stops all non employees of Boston gas from entering Rainbow Park and the boat ramp since the attacks of September 11.  The officer will direct people to the beach approximately 1/2 mile North on Morrissey Boulevard.  This is very popular with Jet Skis and personal watercraft but the water is very shallow and a larger boat must be walked out to deeper water, a very cold process even in the warmest of weather.

Winthrop MA  (Map)

Just beyond the Winthrop Yacht Club, which is located at 649 Shirley Street, Winthrop MA 02152
No launch fee, lots of free parking. Great condition ramp. No dock to tie up at after launch or before reloading. Can be tricky to load when wind is strong because the ramp is not sheltered and a south wind tries to blow you onto the adjacent shoreline or the concrete sidewalls of the ramp. Winthop harbormaster has a free pumpout service.
Worcester County

           Lake Quinsigamond
           Northeast area of the lake (North of route 9, Worcester road)

Western Massachusetts

Webster Lake
Exit #2 off 395 south, make left at light, Webster Town Park in one mile on
left with boat ramp for six to eight at a time. Large parking area. Fee is charged
We think it's run by the Metropolitan District Commission.    Web site

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