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I'm starting this thread so we can keep each other informed about places that are available for launches and those that are not. The discussion about whether we should paddle can take place elsewhere.

I had unavoidable business in Gloucester this morning and hoped to launch solo out of Tuck's Point. When I arrived there was not only a "closed" sign but the entrances to the parking areas were blocked with boulders.

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Please post here if you find common launch sites either open or closed.

I think this is going to become more common for a while. 

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I had hopes that the boat ramp at Odiorne would remain open. their website says they are but I called the Seacoast Office and they said the gate is closed for now. 

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I just talked to the harbormaster in Kittery and he said the Town Dock should remain available so long as we don't jam up the parking lot. 

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FYI: All Marblehead town boat launches and parks were closed yesterday with locked gates and bright pink Covid-19 notices, a/k/a the new normal. 

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I was astonished to find the the Walden Pond boat ramp has been opened.  Although the first warm day with a thousand SUP's and rec boat paddlers vying for parking places and getting too close together trying to carry and launch craft I wonder whether DCR will reconsider wisdom of this.

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Can anyone confirm if the Riverhead Beach, Marblehead boat launch and parking are available? I believe that is a state launch and I think state launch sites are open??

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It is a town launch site not state, and I believe it is still not currently open but I would check back after May 25 when a lot of boating facilities here in Marblehead will reopen under Phase 1 of the state plan. 

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All the launches on the Charles down where I live are open ... and packed.  I guess no one has anything else to do.  Parking fills up.  I had my wife drop me off and pick me up yesterday so i could do a stretch without having to try to park.

I read that the MA phase II tentative date is June 8.  That might ease up more stuff.  The 10-person group limit may be raised but they won't say now what whether the limit will definitely raise and if so to what.

 

-K

 

 

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Boating access on upper Cape Cod is in pre-Covid mode, i.e. the usual parking sticker/beach/ramp  regulations are in place.  Parking enforcement is unusually strict. I did notice a couple folks with out-of-state plates in animated discussions with police. 

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I don't know how many here like to paddle in Essex Bay, but the public boat ramp is closed to non-residents:

https://www.essexma.org/home/news/boat-ramp-town-landing-closed-non-residents-july-31-until-october-1-2020

Also, all parking access to Tuck Point in Beverly is marked with "Resident Parking only, tow zone" everywhere around that area of town.

I'd love to know where we CAN put in. :(

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7 hours ago, BLConaway said:


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I'd love to know where we CAN put in. :(

Hey Brenda,

Cohasset boat ramp, hingham  Harbor, and the driftway boat ramp in Scituate are all open.  Parking could be challenging as everyone is doing what they can to get out.

phil

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Gloucester (Pavilion Beach, Lanes Cove — the latter can access Essex Bay from Ipswich Bay), Rockport (Granite Pier, Pebble Beach), Marblehead (Riverhead Beach, Stramski Beach), Manchester Town Landing. These all have nonresident parking options although some places are charging.

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