Westport River Boat Ramp

Head out for a day of fishing and boating on Buzzards Bay from the state boat ramp on the Westport River. Located just off Route 88, this town-managed public launch offers a place where boats of all sizes can reach the Westport River, the Bay, and beyond.

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concrete boat ramp on the Westport River

The state boat ramp on the Westport River is a great spot to launch for your next fishing trip on Buzzards Bay.

Considered one of the top boat ramps on Buzzards Bay, the Westport River launch provides great access to places like Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands, as well as Rhode Island and offshore waters due south of Westport. The concrete, double-wide boat ramp is in great condition, and there is ample, affordable parking for both vehicles and trailers.

Habitats & Wildlife

The boat ramp is located on the East Branch of the Westport River, near where the river enters Westport Harbor and the Westport River inlet. This tidal estuary is known for its intense currents, strong southerly winds, and a few large rocks, so be careful when launching from the boat ramp and navigating the narrow channel out to Buzzards Bay.

The Westport Rivers are known as a fishing hotspot; in early spring, schoolie stripers arrive along the marshy shores, and larger stripers soon follow as they chase herring upstream. If you’re headed offshore, you can easily reach other Buzzards Bay fishing destinations such as Gooseberry Island, Mishaum Ledge, Sow & Pigs Reef, and Quicks Hole from the boat ramp.

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Details
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Cost: $5/day (payable on site); seasonal permit available at Town Hall for $45
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Dock (floating), Restrooms (seasonal)
Boat Ramp: Yes (concrete)
Lifeguards: No
ADA Accessible: Yes

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
17 Cherry and Webb Ln.
Westport, MA 02790
41.514512, -71.068111
Westport Harbormaster: (508) 636-1105
Westport Town Clerk: (508) 636-1000 (seasonal permit information)

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Westport River Boat Ramp
Westport, MA
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