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Mooring & Dockage Information
As is the case in most communities in New England today, moorings in Orleans are in very high demand. We have over a dozen mooring fields that will accommodate various length vessels depending on channel depth and mooring field size. All individual moorings are privately maintained but must be permitted annually by the Harbormaster.
Access to our mooring fields is from town landings, several of which have launching ramps and/or docks and piers. There are also three private marinas in Orleans that each offer mooring or dockage services: Arey's Pond Boat Yard, Goose Hummock Marine, and Nauset Marine East.
At present, a waiting list exists for each municipal mooring field and for dockage at Rock Harbor. The average estimated wait time for a mooring is 8 to 10 years and possibly longer depending on location.
In order to have your name placed on a mooring waiting list or on the waiting list(s) for dockage at Rock Harbor, you will need to fill out a waiting list application and mail this to the Harbormaster Department. You may request to have your name placed on as many waiting lists as you like. This application may be downloaded from the aforementioned website and contains all of the necessary instructions and fee information.
The following is a list of our mooring fields and the facilities available at each:
|Name||Parking||Launch Ramp||Additional Notes|
|Goose Hummock||30||Yes||Access to Town Cove and Nauset Harbor Estuary. Public dockage facility.|
|Cove Road||15||Yes||Access to Town Cove and Nauset Harbor Estuary. Public dockage facility.|
|Asa's||6||No||Access to Town Cove and Nauset Harbor Estuary.|
|Tonset||10||No||Footpath access to Town Cove and Nauset Harbor Estuary.|
|Snow Shore||12||No||Access to Nauset Harbor Estuary. No trailer parking.|
|Mill Pond||12||Yes||Access to Nauset Harbor Estuary.|
|Priscilla||12||No||Access to Nauset Harbor Estuary. Scenic views of Tern Island and Nauset Beach.|
|Meetinghouse Pond||20||Yes||Access to Meetinghouse River and Pond and Pleasant Bay Estuary. Public swimming area. Public dockage facility.|
|River Road||15||Yes||Access to Meetinghouse River and Pond and Pleasant Bay Estuary. Public dockage facility.|
|Lonnie's Pond||6||Yes||Access to Lonnie's Pond and Pleasant Bay Estuary.|
|Arey's Pond||2||No||Footpath access to Pleasant Bay Estuary.|
|Paw Wah Pond||4||No||Footpath access to Pah Wah Pond, Pleasant Bay Estuary, and adjacent Pah Wah Recreation Area.|
|Portanimicut||15||Yes||Access to Pleasant Bay Estuary. Public dockage facility.|
|Quanset Pond||8||Yes||Access to Pleasant Bay Estuary.|
|Route 28||25||No||Access to Pleasant Bay Estuary. Scenic views of Big Bay and Nauset Beach.|