Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Rockport, MA

Rockport Harbor at the southwest end of Sandy Bay is reported to be open to strong northeasterly to easterly winds, but can be entered at any time. The harbor is protected by two breakwaters, one of which extends eastward from Bearskin Neck on the northwest side of the harbor.

The other breakwater extending in a northerly direction from The Headlands is a short one.

The harbor consists of an outer basin and two inner basins which are separated by the town wharf. In 2004, the outer basin had a least depth of 8 feet, the northern inner basin had depths of 4.5 to 8.0 feet and the southern inner basin had depths of 6.1 to 8.0 feet.

Straitsmouth Island, low and grassy, is marked on its eastern end by Straitsmouth Light (42°39’44″N., 70°35’17″W.), 46 feet above the water and shown from a white cylindrical tower, near the northeast end of the island. A sound signal is at the light. The radio tower and buildings of a former Coast Guard station are conspicuous on Gap Head, the peninsula westward of Straitsmouth Island. A standpipe on the summit of a hill south of the harbor is also prominent. Passage should not be attempted between Straitsmouth Island and Gap Head at low water without local knowledge.

Rockport Breakwater Light 6 (42°39’38″N., 70°36’42″W.), 32 feet above the water, is shown from a skeleton tower with a red triangular daymark on the end of the north breakwater. The entrance channel between the breakwaters is about 26 yards wide with depths from 8 to 10 feet. It is not advisable, however, to enter with drafts greater than 7 feet without local knowledge.


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