A Boat Ramp in the News

Manchaug Pond Public Boat Ramp Winter 2007

Today I found an interesting article in the Worcester Telegram which
tells of an effort to build a boat launch at South Meadow Pond in
Clinton. What I found interesting is that the state Office of Fishing
and Boating is supporting a small ramp which allows “only boats that
can be brought in on top of cars, such as canoes and kayaks.”
Fishermen, the neighboring property owner and the Town – Selectman,
Department Heads and a subcommittee – support a larger ramp which
would allow the parking of cars with trailers. Mr. Jack Sheppard,
Director of the state Department of Fish and Game, which encompasses the
fishing and boating access office, believes “the pond size, wetland
considerations and financial factors dictate that a car-top access is
most appropriate for this location.”

The Manchaug Pond boat ramp is also a ramp under the jurisdiction of the Department of Fish and Game, presently managed by the Town of Sutton. Previously it was managed by the DEM. Overuse, illegal parking of the Torrey Road and neighbors’ property, dumping on Blueberry Island are among the reasons the MPA asked for town management which include a gate, port-o-let and a gatekeeper on weekends during the season.

For more info:
This site offers maps of state ponds by town and then if you click the site you get a topographical view.
http://maps.massgis.state.ma.us/PAB/viewer.htm

For a list of all the Public Access Boat Ramps visit this site of the Dept.
of Fish and Game. Click the numbers to the far right for their list of
fish prevalent at each pond.
http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/pab/pab_facilities.htm

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