Red Brook Harbor Boat Ramp

Launch your boat from Bourne’s Red Brook Harbor Boat Ramp into the bustling waters of one of the best-protected harbors on Buzzards Bay. Whether you’re heading out for a day trip or keeping your boat at one of the harbor’s two marinas, this town-owned boat launch is a great place to start a Cape Cod adventure.

Features

The concrete boat launch at Red Brook Harbor Boat Ramp in Bourne

Launch your boat from this public boat ramp into the bustling, protected waters of Red Brook Harbor.

Red Brook Harbor Boat Ramp is tucked against the north side of Parker’s Boat Yard, down a long, shady paved path. Anyone can launch a boat from this public ramp, which offers easy access to the many coves and beaches of Bourne as well as upper Buzzards Bay. If you’re walking a vessel or trailer down the ramp, just be careful of slippery algae growing below the tide line. Fuel stations, pumpout service, and both short and long-term dockage are available on both sides of the boat ramp, at either Parker’s Boat Yard or Kingman Yacht Center.

For a great day trip, launch your boat or kayak from Red Brook Harbor Boat Ramp and head out to Bassets Island, the Y-shaped island that shelters Red Brook Harbor to the west, which offers superb swimming, shellfishing, and beachcombing along over a mile of sandy beach. Boaters transiting the harbor should stay carefully inside the buoys, as several rocks and shoals border the channel.

Habitats & Wildlife

Anglers know Red Brook Harbor as a launching point for access to great fishing. Striped bass swim by this harbor in the spring as they head towards the Cape Cod Canal. Bottom fish congregate on several shallow bottom features in and around the harbor, such as Seal Rocks off Scraggy Neck.

Red Brook Harbor is riddled with coves and stretches of salt marsh that make for great exploration from a small boat or kayak. Stop over in one of these sandy coves, or on Bassets Island, to see numerous horseshoe crabs congregating onshore in the summer to mate.

Property Owned By
Details
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Small gravel parking area next to boat ramp (space for 1-2 cars)
Cost: Town beach parking sticker required in summer ($25/year for residents, $15/year for senior residents, $50/year for non-residents, $40 for one-week temporary permit, $60 for two-week temporary permit)
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch
Boat Ramp: Yes (concrete)
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
68 Red Brook Harbor Rd.
Bourne, MA 02559
41.674832, -70.614049
Bourne Marinas Office: (508) 759-2512

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Red Brook Harbor Boat Ramp
Bourne, MA
View larger map

Related Stories

Five good reasons to weigh anchor and experience the joy of sailing

Buzzards Bay happens to be one of the best places for sailing in North America, and that's just one reason to try it.

Full Story ›
Seventeen places to see (hear and smell) the signs of spring

The best way to celebrate the spring season is to get outside and savor the re-awakening that is taking place. You’ll find the signs of spring in the woodlands, wetlands, salt marshes, and waters of Buzzards Bay. Here’s a quick list of places you are most likely to spy hopeful signs of the warmer weather that is on its way as well as some pointers on what to look for.

Full Story ›
Fair winds for sailing program through partnership with Mass Maritime

The Coalition and Massachusetts Maritime Academy have established a partnership to facilitate instructional sailing programs at the Onset Bay Center (OBC) this summer.

Full Story ›

Upcoming Events Near Here

Duck Walk at Fort Taber
Sun, January 23
8:00AM
Fort Taber,
New Bedford
Night Hike and Stargazing
Mon, January 24
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Lyman's Reserve,
Plymouth

Nearby Places To Go

Massasoit Avenue Boat Ramp

Set off on a Pocasset Harbor paddling adventure from the Massasoit Avenue Boat Ramp in Bourne.

Hen Cove Landing

Launch from Hen Cove Landing in Pocasset to reach Red Brook Harbor, one of Cape Cod’s favorite boating destinations.

Red Brook Pond Conservation Area

For a peaceful walk through classic Cape Cod scenery, head to Red Brook Pond Conservation Area in Bourne.

What You Can Do

On the Water

There’s no better way to enjoy Buzzards Bay than by getting out on the water. You can do your part to keep our water clean by practicing a few simple, responsible boating tips. Try these 5 easy ways to have a Bay-friendly adventure on the water.

Read More ›
64
out of 100

Bay Health: Inner Red Brook Harbor

Find your water quality score in Bay Health ›