West Rodney French Boulevard Boat Ramp

The West Rodney French Boulevard boat ramp in New Bedford’s South End offers boaters, paddlers, and anglers access to scenic Clarks Cove. From this city-owned public boat ramp, you can explore the protected cove or head out on an adventure on the open waters of Buzzards Bay.


concrete boat ramp on West Rodney French Boulevard in New Bedford

The concrete boat ramp on West Rodney French Boulevard in New Bedford has convenient car and boat trailer parking nearby.

The boat ramp on West Rodney French Boulevard in New Bedford is easily accessible for powerboats and sailboats on trailers. It’s also a place where paddlers can put in a kayak to explore the rocky shoreline of Clarks Cove. With sandy West Beach right next door, this stretch of coastline is a great destination for water-loving families. The Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail also begins near here, which leads cyclists for several miles along Clark’s Point to Fort Taber Park and East Beach.

Habitats & Wildlife

Clarks Cove is a great spot to watch for birds out on the open waters. There are always gulls flying here, and terns and ospreys visit in the summer. Scup, bluefish, and even a few striped bass swim under the waves; nearby, you might see a few quahoggers digging for clams in the shallows.

Property Owned By
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Cost: $7/day (payable on site) or $55/year for ramp pass
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: Boat Ramp
Boat Ramp: Yes (concrete)
Lifeguards: No
ADA Accessible: Yes

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
519 West Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02744
41.600285, -70.912738

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

West Rodney French Boulevard Boat Ramp
New Bedford, MA
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Sat, May 25
4:00PM - 7:00PM
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West Beach in New Bedford is well-known for its clear, calm waters, where families can splash and play on Clarks Cove.

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With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views steeped in history.

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Just south of the hurricane barrier, this public boat ramp offers boaters and anglers access to outer New Bedford Harbor.

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