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Buzzards Bay: Where to Dock & Dine in Wareham Harbor

Post by Becky at Dockwa - Published on 1/23/18 3:44 PM
We're starting to get into the swing of 2018 on the Dockwa Boater Blog! Along with a veritable slew of insider intel on your favorite harbors, marinas, events, and boating industry news, we have some fantastic guest posts coming your way from cruisers everywhere. Starting.... now!

I'm excited to introduce Dave Horne, the boat and brains behind MyBuzzardsBay and the author our first boater-contributed post of 2018. In chatting with Dave, his love of boating, his home port, and his joy in sharing both with his fellow New England cruisers comes through clear as a bell. 

Wareham, Massachusetts: Buzzards Bay’s Bargain Dock & Dine Destination

This content originally appeared on MyBuzzardsBay in June 2017.

Our two Back Coves – Tenacity (37) and Vigilant (41) have spoiled us when it comes to selecting a destination. Both can plow through 4-5 foot chop and Vigilant has a hard back door and a heater, making even a 50-degree day a cruise day.

It wasn’t that long ago when when cruised Buzzards Bay in our 26′ Whaler and back then, we had to constantly watch the weather and be very selective when it came to planning a Dock & Dine venue. If you look around any Buzzards Bay harbor, you’ll see plenty of 20′ boats yearning to go to sea, but where can they go and get home safely?

Located in the northwest corner of Buzzards Bay, Wareham, Massachusetts is a destination for boats from Mattapoisett, Marion, and all the small harbors from West Falmouth to Woods Hole.

The water is pretty deep near shore and this is actually one of my secret gunkholes where you can drop and anchor watch golfers on the beach.

After Kittansett Golf Club, there are a couple of beaches and The Great Hill Castle. This is the home of the exceptionally tasty Great Hill Blue Cheese. As you approach the castle, you can either take a right and head into Wareham harbor or continue straight and head down the Weweantic River.

The Wareham River Sportfishing Pier

Wareham Harbor is well protected and meandering. Check your charts and remember “Red Right Return” as you pass Red Nun #10. It is rather shallow to the right of the channel, so stay inside the markers.

Once you get into the harbor, it can be tricky to pick out the channel markers as they sit in and around the moorings.

At the end of harbor you’ll see a bridge and to the left of that, Wareham Town Pier, which is a total secret! I have spent quite a bit of time searching for any information about it and I can’t find it.

It seems to be known as the Wareham River Sportfishing Pier. A few years ago it had a sign on it that said Use At Your Own Risk, but that’s about it. I haven’t measured it, but I’d say it’s got 150-200 feet of docking space. It’s got rub rails, cleats, and it's free! My guess is that it has a courtesy limit of 1 hour, but that is probably never enforced – just don’t stay overnight. For overnight stays in Wareham, reserve a Wareham Harbor slip or mooring. 

The Narrow’s Crossing Restaurant

This end of Wareham is fairly Blue Collar. There is fishing and bait shop, Cumberland Farms, a bank, a pizza shop, and a liquor store. But if you take an immediate right on Main Street and then take another right, you’ll find the Narrows Crossing Restaurant.

Although it feels a lot like a local hangout, it’s got a solid 3.5 stars on Yelp and offers all the traditional seafood fare that boaters love. It’s also a 3-serving restaurant with excellent reviews on their breakfast and brunch service. Other than the Black Dog in Vineyard Haven, there aren’t a lot of Breakfast Dock & Dine venues in Massachusetts.

It has an entire wall of tables looking out at the Wareham river and the Sportfishing pier, so you can keep an eye on your boat, and a bar that is open until 1AM every night.

Considering that there are very few water view restaurants on Buzzards Bay and that most fall under the 4 out 5 yelp rating, this place is a very viable Dock & Dine venue.

The Weweantic River

I want to point out one more delightful boating venue: As you pass the Blue Hill Castle entering the harbor, you can go straight to head up the Weweantic.

After lunch at Narrows Crossing, this is an excellent place to chill and enjoy a “floating gunkhole”.

While the river is shallow in parts, it does have a very nice set of private red and green cans that will guide you up the the Route 6 Bridge.

After you make the first turn, it really feels like a river with some incredible views of homes and pastures. After a few turns, you end up in a small harbor that has a motel with a beach to the right.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like a place to go to shore, but if you want to drop an anchor and wade in, a Dairy Freeze and the Gateway Seafood Sports bar are just down the road.

All in all, a Dock & Dine day trip to Wareham has everything you need, a protected harbor, a very good seaside eatery with a view, a river cruise, and most importantly, most of it’s free.

If you’re on Buzzards Bay in a small boat with a limited budget, head up to Wareham and enjoy!




Thanks again to Dave Horne of MyBuzzardsBay for sharing his Dock & Dine experience in Wareham, Massachusetts! Interested in being a part of the Dockwa Blogger Network? Email becky@dockwa.com

Behind the Scenes at Dockwa

To add my two cents: When Wareham Harbor got in touch with Dockwa, they'd already done their research. In fact, I would not be the least bit surprised if we ran the data and learned that Wareham Harbor was up and running faster than any other Dockwa marina partner.

Since then, anytime Wareham Harbor has come up in conversation – whether because of their 2017 Marina of the Year award (click here for the full list) or their fun & informational social media feeds – it's been because someone is singing their praises. I've never met any one of them in person, and yet since they've come aboard Dockwa I've operated under the assumption that everyone at the Wareham DNR is brilliant. 

How businesses embrace technology leaves a huge impression on customers. I haven't cruised to Wareham yet but now want to, not only because it looks idyllic but because Wareham must be a special town indeed to have a team so dedicated to making visitors feel welcome. I hope you New England boaters and Loopers make a point to stop by. 

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