Gifford Street Boat Ramp

Just north of the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, the Gifford Street Boat Ramp provides boaters and paddlers with easy access to the protected waters of inner New Bedford Harbor. Fish and explore your local waters from this city-owned boat ramp, or head off on an adventure to nearby destinations like Penikese Island or Cuttyhunk.


A concrete boat ramp leading into New Bedford Harbor beside the Hurricane Barrier

Hidden behind a busy industrial neighborhood, the Gifford Street Boat Ramp is a great place to launch into New Bedford Harbor and head out into Buzzards Bay.

Gifford Street Boat Ramp is somewhat of a local secret, hidden behind the industrial neighborhood that borders busy JFK Memorial Highway. A double ramp provides plenty of launching space for boats of all sizes. Alongside the ramp, a long floating dock serves as a convenient place to tie up, or to cast out a fishing line while you wait to launch! Launching is free, though there are daily and seasonal fees for parking. A dinghy rack provides storage space for small boats, for a seasonal fee. 

Moorings are also available off of Gifford Street, in the water surrounding Palmer’s Island. To arrange for a mooring rental, contact Pope’s Island Marina, Bayline Inc. Boatyard and Transport (located next to the Gifford Street ramp), or Whaling City Moorings, depending on your desired location.

Fishermen and boaters aren’t the only people who enjoy this spot. The Gifford Street Boat Ramp is directly next to the eastern end of the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail. From here, you can walk or cycle the scenic New Bedford HarborWalk to the end of the Hurricane Barrier and watch boats pass in and out of the harbor. For a longer trip, continue south and west on the bike path around the tip of the New Bedford peninsula to explore local beaches and historic sites like Fort Taber Park and Hazelwood Park

Habitats & Wildlife

The skies above New Bedford Harbor are alive with seabirds like gulls, terns, and osprey. Many species of fish live below the waters. But because of toxic PCB pollution in the harbor, fishing here is strictly catch-and-release.

Property Owned By
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Large paved parking area (parking for vehicles with trailers only)
Cost: $7 daily parking pass; $55 seasonal parking pass; $25 seasonal parking pass with proof of commercial fishing license; $40 dinghy rack space
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Dinghy Storage
Boat Ramp: Yes (concrete)
ADA Accessible: Yes

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
110 Gifford St.
New Bedford, MA 0240
41.620183, -70.914668
New Bedford Port Authority: (508) 961-3000

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Gifford Street Boat Ramp
New Bedford, MA
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