Brownell Street Boat Ramp
This is a site for launching boats from trailers. Boat ramps can normally be used to launch canoes and kayaks but please do your best to keep the boat ramp clear for boat trailers.
Description & Overview:
This newly rebuilt boat ramp, with a new float/dock alongside, provides access to the Taunton River in downtown Fall River. The Taunton River here is a 1/4 mile wide, busy commercial waterway that is open to the southwest and thus to the prevailing summer winds, which can kick up good-size waves. On most days the southwest wind develops in this area in the morning and blows through the afternoon, producing significant waves, so be prepared for this when planning your trip. Since there are docks and other commercial facilities along the shore, staying close the shore will not necessarily keep you clear of commercial traffic either. The north side of the river has fewer commercial facilities than the south (Fall River) side. Heading downriver (southwest) from the boat ramp it is a mile to the massive Charles Braga Bridge that carries I-195 over the river. Below this bridge the Taunton River opens out into Mount Hope Bay. Heading upriver (northeast) from the boat ramp the commercial facilities along the shoreline end after about 1.5 miles and from there it is another 7 miles to Dighton Rock State Park, where you can take out just before the small pier with rip-rap around it and a small white building on it, on the east side of the river. Motorboats are fairly common throughout this section of the Taunton. Above Dighton Rock State Park the river starts to narrow down and motorboats are less common, but the wind and tide continue to be an important factors in planning trips on this part of the river all the way up to Taunton. The river rises and falls with the tide for many miles above Taunton.
When launching or landing hand-carried boats at the Brownell Street Boat Ramp do your best to keep the ramp area clear for trailered boats.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Taunton River, Mount Hope Bay.
Alternate Site Name: Taunton River Basin
Town: Fall River
Nearest Town Center: Fall River
Driving Landmarks: From I-195 east or west take exit 5 for MA 79 and follow the signs onto 79 north. Go about a mile north on 79 and take the exit for N Davol Street. Follow N Davol Street parallel to the highway for 1/2 mile and turn left onto Brightman Street to cross over the 79. Immediately after crossing over route 79 turn left onto N Davol Street (yes, the same name is used for the streets on both sides of 79). Go 0.3 miles southwest on N Davol Street and turn right onto Brownell Street. The boat ramp is just ahead at the end of Brownell Street.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: estuary, ocean/bay
Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.
Type of Access: Boat ramp
Shoreline: Concrete boat ramp and rip-rap shoreline.
Float/Dock: low float or dock
Parking: parking lot, 46 spaces
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This site report was last updated on May 26, 2015