Onset Town Pier is a great stopping place for mariners heading into Buzzards Bay or transiting the nearby Cape Cod Canal. Tucked into the upper reaches of Buzzards Bay, Onset Bay’s protected waters shelter boats from rough seas and offer a prime place for fishing and paddling. The pier is also just steps from restaurants, shopping, and the sandy shores of Onset Beach, offering a full day’s worth of activities.
There are slip rentals available at the dock, or rent a mooring and use the Wareham Harbormaster’s launch service (available from June through September) for quick access to Onset Town Pier. The pier is also within a few minutes of a boat ramp and fuel station, both located to the east just beyond the Stone Bridge.
Those coming to Onset Town Pier from the land will find plenty to enjoy here, too. Anglers will be in good company casting from this popular fishing pier, where fluke, sea robin, and juvenile “schoolie” striped bass are common fare in spring and summer, and luck might land you a wandering bluefish or adult striper. Want to get out on the water? Book a fishing charter or Cape Cod Canal cruise from the pier to the region’s nearby waters. If you need help with anything, just ask the folks in the seasonal Harbormaster office, located right on the pier.
Habitats & Wildlife
Onset Bay’s peaceful waters are home to a diverse array of coastal wildlife. These shores are rich with shellfish, from quahogs and crabs to whelks and moon snails. Stripers move into Onset Bay in the spring and late summer as they migrate along the coast, making it a great place to go fishing. Even dolphins have been spotted taking shelter in this calm harbor!
Above the water, ospreys nest along the shoreline and are a common sight in the summer as they hunt for fish. You can’t miss the numerous cormorants slipping underwater in pursuit of fish and drying out their wings atop docks, rocks, and unattended boats.