Wellfleet Names & Numbers
October 4, 2010
Chart: NOAA 13250
Note: Be aware that the channel and depths in Wellfleet Harbor and on Billingsgate Shoal have changed considerably over the years, and that even charts a few years old may be out of date. Make sure you have the latest paper charts or updates on your plotter. Otherwise, follow the channel markers closely and you should have little trouble accessing the harbor.
Buoy G “5” just east of Billingsgate Island marks the channel entrance. Be careful to keep R “6” to starboard, as Lieutenant Island Bar is just east of the mark. The channel widens between Jeremy Point and Lieutenant Island, but narrows again as you approach the inner harbor.
The harbormaster warns that minus low tides can make navigation difficult, if not impossible, throughout much of the inner harbor up to the harbormaster’s shack.
One other note of caution: When entering and leaving Wellfleet Harbor, keep at least 1,000 feet off the wreck of the freighter James Longstreet (south of buoy G “3”), which was once used for target practice by the military. The bottom surrounding the wreck supposedly contains unexploded ordinance. The area is well marked on charts.
- The Wellfleet Town Marina (508-349-0320) is the only show in town when it comes to transient dockage and launching. With recently updated (2008) facilities, electric and water hookups, pumpout service, and gas and diesel, the marina is a great place to bring your boat. The marina also maintains moorings, complete with a dinghy for transient boaters to borrow. Contact the marina for reservations, especially during the summer. There’s a $10 daily fee for use of the ramp (see ramp info below).
- There is a large anchorage with good holding ground west of G C “11”, north of Smalley Bar and east of Great Island, in 7 to 20 feet of water. Before anchoring, consider the 10-foot tide difference in the harbor. The area offers good protection from winds from the west and southwest. It also offers ready dinghy or kayak access to Jeremy Point and Great Island.
- Mike Flanagan (508-349-0320)
- Town of Wellfleet Harbormaster
- The state launch ramp in Wellfleet Harbor ($10 fee) features floats and plenty of parking for trailers. Most boats can be launched here except for the hour on either side of low tide.
- Wellfleet Marine Corp. (508-349-6417): Located at the Town Pier and Marine, WMC rents sailboats (up to 19’), skiffs and bowriders (to 16’). Full- and half-day rentals are available.
- Jack’s Boat Rental (508-349-9808): Located on Rte. 6 in Wellfleet, Jack’s rents kayaks, canoes and paddleboats.
- Little Capistrano Bike Shop (508-255-6515): Located on Rte. 6 in S. Wellfleet, at the start of the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
- Idle Times Bike Shop (508-349-9161): Located on Rte. 6 in Wellfleet; open summers only.
- Wellfleet Taxi (508-349-9969)
- Cape Cab (508-487-2222)
- Boathouse Fish Market (508-349-7377): Fresh local seafood store located at the Town Pier. Also sells chilled appetizers, boiled lobsters, clambakes and heat-and-serve meals.
- Wellfleet Market Place (508-349-3156): Located on Main St., not far from the harbor.
- Hatch’s Fish & Produce (508-349-2810): Also located on Main Street. Great spot for local seafood and produce. Open mid-May to mid-Sept.
- Box Lunch (508-349-2178): Prepared sandwiches and more to go.
- Great Island Trail: Visiting boaters can take a taxi or bike to the entrance of the Great Island Trail, a couple of miles down Chequesset Neck Road from Mayo Beach. You can also take a taxi to the entrance of the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary off Route 6.
- To beach or anchor your boat off Jeremy Point, look for buoy “8” and carefully make your way to shore. Keep an eye on your depth and your chart. Don’t try and pass between Great Island and Jeremy Point.
- For more information on Great Island and the other beaches comprising the Cape Cod National Seashore, visit the National Park Service.
- For more information on the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sancturary go to Mass Audubon.
- Wellfleet Oyster Fest, held each October, is a celebration of the local shellfishing industry and the bivalves that make it happen. Lots of food, drinks, live music and more at a time of year when the harbor is less crowded.
- Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (508-349-6835): Play performances and avante garde film showings held in a small theater near the harbor.
- Bank Square (703-628-2787): 4 unique gift, art and clothing stores in one location.
- Wellfleet Marine Pier Store (508-349-6417): Tackle, bait, souveniers, clothing, books.
- The Secret Garden (508-349-1444)
- Moby’s Cargo (508-349-3900)
- Eclectic Co., (508-349-1775)
- Frying Pan Gallery (508-349-0011): Located across from the town pier, the gallery carries creative artwork and gift items from local artists and craftsmen.
- Blue Heron Gallery (508-349-6724)
- Brophy’s Fine Art (508-349-6479)
- Burdick Gallery (508-349-0660)
- Celeste Fine Arts Gallery (508-349-3238)
- Cove Gallery (508-349-2350)
- Harmon Gallery (508-349-0530)
- Kendall Art Gallery (508-349-2482)
- Left Bank Gallery (508-349-9451)
- Mac’s Seafood, Wellfleet Town Pier (508-349-0404): Offers traditional fried seafood, vegetarian entrées and burritos right on the harbor. Great fried clams!
- Mac’s Shack, 91 Commercial St. (508-349-6333): Serves sushi alongside fresh raw oysters.
- The Wicked Oyster, 50 Main St. (508-349-3455): A great place to chat up the locals and watch a game while dining on some of the freshest seafood Cape Cod can offer.
- Bookstore and Restaurant, 50 Kendrick Ave. (508-349-3154): Good food a short walk from the waterfront. Closed from Dec. to Feb.
- The Juice, 6 Commercial St. (508-349-0535): Great for a muffin or smoothie around trips to the beach, shopping or hiking.
- Lighthouse Restaurant (508-349-3681)
- Sweet Seasons (508-349-6535)
- Wellfleet Town Pizza (508-349-6400)
- Winslow Tavern (508-349-6450; www.winslowstavern.com)
- Oyster Cove B&B (508-349-2994)
- Holden Inn (508-349-3450)
- Cove Woods B&B (508-349-3435)
- Aunt Sukie’s B&B (508-349-0525)