Details for Onset Town Pier

Onset Town Pier

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 14 reviews

Address 186 Onset Ave.
Wareham, MA 02571


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


The town pier is run by the town of Wareham.

VHF channel

09 /16


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: 3
Total: 3
Transient price: $2.00 (2015-06-12)

Other price info: 3 town moorings next to Wickets Island. $20 per night.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: No power.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Just to the west of the pier, on the land side of the floating dock.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Launch service is available during the summer for $3 per person one way. Call on VHF 68.

Pump out

Yes - Pump out boat will visits boats anchored out.









Yes - 15 minute walk.



Yes - 10 minute walk. Stone Bridge is reported to have good food and atmosphere.


Yes - 10 minute walk.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability


Yes - There's a trolley bus stop, $1 per person, several blocks west on Onset Ave. Stops at the Walmart and Stop n Shop. Loop #1 picks up at the little Veteran's monument park at the top of the hill (turn left from the marina and walk all the way to the top of the hill, across the street from the party store.) Loop #2 is the shortest return loop from Walmart.

Other services


Reviews for Onset Town Pier
5-star people; town dock, not a marina., 2017-06-30
Captain: , South Bristol, Maine (190)

Definitely grab a mooring, the people who run this town dock are very friendly and accomodating - from the reviews it seems like the launch service is incredible. We grabbed the dock because we heard it was going to blow and needed to prep for a passage to Maine. Not really any water, electric, or showers. The bathrooms are public and highly used, and there's only room for one 30+ foot boat on the end of the finger dock.

These aren't really complaints, but the dockage rate should probably reflect the amenities. $2 / foot is the best rate around, but without any amenities it seems high. You also have to reserve on dockwa ahead of time which can be hard if you're out on the water with spotty cell service or no data plan. Maybe a dollar less or so (and first-come-first-serve) would make this easily the best place in Onset / Wareham.

The town is beautiful, and walking to it is not far at all. The town dock is definitely in a great location if you want to step off your boat and grab some dinner. I'd stop here again, but would probably grab a mooring instead. Like I said, excellent management! They were very friendly.

Nice stop before canal, 2016-08-31
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (110)

We stopped for 2 nights while waiting for our weather window. Not much in town for groceries, but did pick up some liquor. Nice moorings, pretty location behind wickets island.

Onset Harbor, 2016-08-31
Captain: , Cape Cod (10)

Beautiful Harbor!!! Excellent shuttle service. Shuttle operators wouldn't accept well deserved tips. (they are part of P.D. ) Great stay. Thanks!!!

Totally Wonderful in Awesome Onset, 2016-08-28
Captain: , Onset, MA (10)

I am a new boat owner and needed a temporary, (transient) mooring. Garry, the Harbormaster, steered me to Dockwa and I was all set for a seven day mooring. The crew in the Harbormaster shack were responsive to getting my family out and back to my boat on numerous times. Pam, Emily and Joe were the people we met and they were friendly and knowledgeable. My best advice is follow all the rules, relax and enjoy Onset Harbor. It is totally wonderful in Awesome Onset!

Beautiful little harbor, 2016-08-28
Captain: , Fall River Mass (20)

Beautiful little harbor, staff was very helpful. Pay for the slip or mooring through Dockwa or bring cash as they cannot process credit cards at the harbormaster's office. Great restaurants within walking distance. Marc Anthony's pizza is great but again bring cash, no credit cards.

Quiet Harbor, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Shelter Island, NY (114)

Reasonable mooring fee which included launch service run by Harbormaster and Bay Constables.

Great Spot, 2016-07-27
Captain: , New Bedford, MA (10)

Spent a night on a mooring and had a great time. Onset is a perfect stopover if your transiting the canal or as a destination.

There is a dinghy dock at the town wharf, with multiple restaurants and shops within a short walking distance. Also at the wharf is a large beach with kayak rental center. The harbormasters in Wareham/Onset were great and helpul.

There is also a restaurant with its own dinghy dock just under the bridge, called Stonebridge.

Lovely little harbor, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Wareham, MA (10)

the moorings are well located, the launch was prompt and the drivers were courteous. And...the lobster rolls from Cape Cod Lobster roll (just a short walk away) are top rate...Stash's has great fried seafood and pizza.

Great place for a quick bite to eat, 2015-06-16
Captain: , Buzzards Bay, MA (316)

Stopped here to grab a bite to eat at Marc Anthony's and visit with some local friends. The Harbormaster and a couple of the folks from the harbor patrol hopped out on the dock to grab lines and help us tie up, which was much appreciated as the wind was blowing pretty steady accross the dock. A thick fog rolled in while we were visiting, thick enough that you couldn't see Wickets Island from the dock so we asked about overnighting on the dock which was not a problem. Only comment about an overnight is there is no shore power. Easy enough to work around for a night, but might be a concern for longer stays. Nice dock, friendly staff and a nice little beach steps away.

Very handy for town, 2013-08-25
Captain: , St Petersburg, FL (1253)

Use the floating dinghy docks on the beach side and you can stay a lot longer than the posted 1 hr according to the harbormaster. There was pump out and water here but we didn't bring the boat in or use a mooring so call the harbor master if you need it.
Very friendly folks and easy access to town and only 2 miles to the Wal-Mart and shopping center in Wareham.

Very nice place!, 2012-09-29
Captain: , Wiscasset ME (1435)

We anchored out and took the dinghy in. Dinghy dock is on the north side in front of the public beach. Dockmaster's office was locked so we did not meet. Town is very nice. Small grocery at the top of the hill. Walmart is about 1.5 miles away. Mark Anthony's Pizza is excellent. True Value hardware just before the grocery. Lots of little shops. Pump out on the end of the pier. We will be back.

Piering in, 2012-07-12
Captain: , Weymouth, MA (52)

On of my worst and best experiences was allowing an inexperienced mate to tie up a borrowed 18 vessel. Long story short, it was adrift and a local took time out to fetch it for me. I never told a soul.

A nice town to visit, 2012-06-16
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (701)

Onset is in great contrast to Mattapoisett and Marion. It is very alive and vibrant with lots of people enjoying the beach, bars and pizza parlor. It is a resort whose time is in the past, but it is still very alive.The tranquility of Mattapoisett, and Marion is not here, but how much tranquility does one need? We enjoyed it thoroughly.

Great town, friendly harbormaster, 2009-09-29
Captain: , Cruising (3310)

We were looking for a spot to anchor, but the available space was a little tight. We called the harbormaster on the radio and he was very helpful with some suggestions, including taking a town mooring. I think the price was $25/night in 2008, but I can't remember for certain. The mooring was big enough for a 50' boat to swing, and the dinghy dock was easy to get to. The town is very sweet - a perfect little spot to visit and wait for a favorable tide to transit the Cape Cod Canal.

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