Padanaram MA, a jewel on Buzzard's Bay, if you can find it
You certainly won't want to miss this quaint and charming port of call
The quaint charm and elegance of Padanaram can be seen in the grand homes that look out over the harbor, as well as the quiet streets and the salty waterfront. But there’s one thing that sets Padanaram apart from many other destinations - you won’t find it listed on any chart. The charts say
Heading in to
The current in this part of
Heading towards Padanaram from the south, make for the radome, a large radar installation off Round Hill Point. Jutting out from Round Hill are Dumpling Rocks. Keep between GC "5" off Dumpling Rocks and RB "4" to remain clear of the sand spit directly east of the bell (at least 10 feet MLW but best to be safe). Next leave a good amount of room between your boat and the rocks, marked by a G "5A."
As you head for Ricketson’s point, keep RN "4LR" well to starboard (it marks the two-foot shallows of Lone Rock) and GC "3" well to port (Keel Rock). Follow the red markers into the harbor from the breakwater at Ricketson’s point.
There is no anchorage behind the breakwall. The harbor is filled with moorings and the only anchorage is west of the main channel, south of the mooring field. It is exposed to south and southeast winds.
Docking and Mooring Facilities
The harbor is quite busy during the prime summer cruising season, and transient dock space here is almost nonexistent. Your options for transient accommodations are limited to the following and we understand that they do not take reservations. Space is reported to be on a first come first served basis:
If you a member of a club with reciprocal priviledges, you can land at the NBYC dock in about seven to ten feet of water to fuel up (gas or diesel), get ice or water, and arrange for an overnight mooring or, possibly, a slip (dock space may be available on occasion but not likely in mid-summer). Stand by RN “12” as you make the approach in
Boaters may tie dinghys at the Town Dock (North of the Bridge on the East side) for a period of up to 2 hours. A short walk takes you into the village of South Dartmouth where you can buy groceries, sundries, or get supplies or replacement parts for your boat or engine at Concordia Co.
You can reach the office on VHF Ch. 09 or try their website at www.dartmouthharbormaster.com. The speed limit in the harbor is 5 MPH NO WAKE and is strictly enforced. The website is quite informative with aerial photos, rules, bridge schedules, and services listed. Instructions for free pump out services are included.
Things to See and Do
There are shops to explore in the direction of
By boat, you can also explore Little Island, northwest of the village and the eel grass marshes nearby. You can get a permit for shellfishing from Town Hall (508-999-0719) and dig for clams on the shores around Little Island.Before you go, check out:
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|Coastal Villages (great map linked from the bottom of the page)|
|The Henley House B&B|
|Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Slocums River Reserve|
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