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.