HINGHAM — Today, on Hingham Town Harbor Celebration Day, state and local officials held a dedication ceremony at the Hingham Harbor boat launch to celebrate the facility recently rebuilt by the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Fish and Boating Access Office. The Baker-Polito administration provided $2 million in investment funds for the project, which is one of the few public boat access facilities in the Boston Harbor area and one of the boat launches the most used water in all of Massachusetts.
“Since taking office, the Baker-Polito administration has prioritized increasing public access to the Commonwealth’s natural resources, such as rebuilding the boat launch at Hingham Harbour” , said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Ron Amidon. “This rebuilt facility will provide recreational opportunities for the public, such as fishing and boating, in an area where these activities are extremely popular and where public access is limited.”
“The harbor is one of Hingham’s greatest natural treasures and the new boat launch is a vital public access point to the harbour,” said Liz Klein, of Hingham Select’s board. “The Town of Hingham is grateful for the state’s support in enabling improved access and safety so all can enjoy the water.”
DFG’s Fishing and Boating Access Office managed the reconstruction of the 36-year-old facility, which offers 32 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers and 20 cartop spaces, in addition to 10 trailer within ¼ mile of the ramp. Improvements to the facility included a complete rebuild of the boat launch for public use, and the addition of a boarding dock, gangway and system floats to facilitate the loading and unloading of passengers and equipment from the boat.
“Completing the Hingham Boat Launch will provide our local boaters and small craft users with the ability to access the harbor and all that the coast has to offer,” said State Sen. Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “I am grateful for the Department of Fish and Game’s investment in this project and their support of this important local industry.”
“Supporting everything from recreation to public safety functions to commercial activities, the Hingham Harbor Boat Launch is a valuable waterfront access point on the South Shore,” said state Rep. Joan Meschino (D-Hull). “These upgrades are a welcome investment that will serve the facility and our communities well for years to come.”
The Department of Fish and Game’s Fishing and Boating Access Office provides boating and fishing access opportunities along Massachusetts’ 1,200-mile coastline and hundreds of lakes, of ponds, rivers and streams in the Commonwealth. The agency oversees approximately 300 boat and canoe launch sites, shore fishing areas and recreational fishing wharves. See this link for a list of all sites and more information about them.
The Department of Fish and Game is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the natural resources of the Commonwealth. DFG accomplishes this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of marine and inland species of fish and wildlife, and ecological restoration of freshwater, aquatic habitats. salt and land. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by improving access to Commonwealth rivers, lakes and coastal waters.