George E. Wood Memorial Fishermen’s Access Ramp

Launch a canoe, kayak, or small boat into Snipatuit Pond from the George E. Wood Memorial Fishermen’s Access Ramp in Rochester. From this small state-maintained gravel boat ramp, anglers and paddlers can explore the quiet headwaters of the Mattapoisett River.

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Features

Snipatuit Pond in Rochester is a great place to go freshwater fishing

Launch a canoe into Snipatuit Pond from the George E. Wood Memorial Fishermen’s Access Ramp to fish for species like largemouth bass, pickerel, and yellow perch.

The George E. Wood Memorial Fishermen’s Access Ramp is a gravel shoreline ramp designed for smaller boats. There’s parking for a few vehicles and boat trailers right next to the ramp, making it a quick and convenient place to get out on the water. It’s a great launching point for a morning of freshwater fishing or a quiet paddling trip of about 3 miles around Snipatuit Pond.

Habitats & Wildlife

Snipatuit Pond is a 710-acre natural warm-water pond. Its tea-stained waters may look deep and murky, but the pond has an average depth of just five feet. These waters are home to freshwater fish species like largemouth bass, northern pike, chain pickerel, and yellow perch.

The Mattapoisett River begins as a small stream at the southernmost point of Snipatuit Pond. From here, the river flows south through cranberry bogs, forests, and freshwater swamps to Mattapoisett Harbor and Buzzards Bay. The Mattapoisett River Valley’s natural habitats protect clean drinking water for thousands of local residents.

Property Owned By

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is responsible for the conservation – including restoration, protection, and management – of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

Details
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Dogs: Yes
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch
Boat Ramp: Yes (shoreline)
Lifeguards: No
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
487 Neck Rd.
Rochester, MA 02770
41.785443, -70.858085
Office of Fishing and Boating Access: (508) 389-7810
Email: Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

George E. Wood Memorial Fishermen’s Access Ramp
Rochester, MA
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