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Feasibility Study for Boating Facility at Arthur F. Dias Landing

The Arthur F. Dias Landing is one of the most popular access points for the public to Padanaram Harbor.  Managed by the Town of Dartmouth Harbormaster’s Department with support from the Waterways Management Commission, each year thousands of boats are launched at the boat ramp and hundreds visit the site for the view of the northern end of the Harbor.

In the recent past, there have been a number of improvements made to the site.  Security lighting and cameras have been installed, new dinghy and kayak racks are in place, and parking lines have been repainted. 

Now the Waterways Management Commission is considering a sizable increase in floating dockage—primarily to support dinghies and other small craft.  A recent Feasibility Study highlights the need for additional small craft dockage in the harbor and, with competitive pricing, can be self-supporting. 

The Commission will be presenting the increased dockage concept and the results of the Feasibility Study at a meeting/ public hearing of the Dartmouth Waterways Commission. The open public gathering will begin at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in the Select Board Meeting Room (Room 304) in the Dartmouth Town Hall.

The Draft Dias Landing Feasibility Study is available for download at the bottom of this page.  If the Waterways Management Commission decides to move forward on the project, funding will be sought through grants for design and construction costs.  A final design is expected to be prepared in 2022 and construction could be completed in time for the 2023 boating season.

2021 Pump Out Services

The Dartmouth Pump Out Boat has been repaired. Pump Out service will resume for the 2021 season immediately. We do have a backlog of requests made while our boat was out of service. We are working to complete all pending requests as weather allows.

The Preferred method for requesting pump out service is through email (harbormaster@dartmouthharbormaster.com). If you are requesting that our office provide you with confirmation of our service to your vessel, or other specific questions about your pump out, the only way we can provide that response is through a reply to your email request. We do not have the staff available to return phone messages.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to meet your needs with minimal staff availability.

You can request pump out service via:

2021 Waterways Permit Decals

All permit decals were mailed to the address on your invoices on May 14, 2021.  Postal service delivery times will vary based upon distance and Postal Service staffing. If you do not receive your decals by May 28,2021, please check with your postal carrier. If you have received a delinquency notice regarding boat excise taxes, your decals cannot be issued until the Collector’s Office directs us to issue those permits.

Please open your mailing carefully as the thin decals often hide once they are let out of the mailing envelopes. All mailings were checked multiple times to confirm that your decals were enclosed.
Thank you and happy boating!

2021 Mooring Renewal

The 2021 mooring permit renewal period has ended.  Late registration remains open until May 1, 2021 with the required additional late mooring registration fee of $170 per permit. 

Mooring permits cannot be renewed after May 1st of any year.  Please email if you have misplaced the renewal reminders that were mailed to the last known address on file  in February.

Waiting list renewal is also required by March 31st of each year to maintain active positions on the waiting list. 

Arthur F. Dias Landing Update

All dock floats associated with the Town Pier and launch ramps at the Dias Landing located at 75 Gulf Road have been installed for normal seasonal use.


Season launch/parking permits are available for $60 each at only the Town Collector’s Office at Dartmouth Town Hall.  Daily use permits are available at the orange box at the launch ramps for $7.00 per day.  A permit is required to launch and/or to park in that facility.

Arthur F. Dias Float Update

To protect the dock floats associated with the Town Pier and Launch Ramps at the Dias Landing located at 75 Gulf Road from winter weather and ice, all floats and gangways attached to that facility will be removed on November 19, 2020.  These floats will be stored in the facility parking area until the spring of 2021. 

The ramps and pier will remain open for use at the discretion and sole risk of individual mariners.

Pumpout Service Ends

All Pumpout services in Dartmouth will end at noon on November 17, 2020 and all equipment will be winterized due to the predicted freezing temperatures. This closure includes the on demand harbor Pumpout service as well as the shoreside pumpout equipment at the Maritime center. We look forward to seeing you again next season.

Pumpout Service during COVID-19

Our pumpout service is up and running again. This service was temporarily suspended while we addressed the safety of our staff and the boating public. We have learned that the Coronavirus may be transmitted through aerosolized sewage emitted from our vessel tank vent. COVID-19 can be transmitted through sewerage systems. SARS, a similar coronavirus, has been detected in untreated sewage for up to 2 to 14 days.

Please see the attached Update on Pumpout Protocols during Covid-19 HERE.

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Seeking Input on Dias Landing Study

Feasibility Study for a Marina/Docking Facility at the Arthur F. Dias Town Landing in Dartmouth, MA

The Dartmouth Waterways Management Commission is in the preliminary stages of a proposal to expand the usage of the Arthur F. Dias Landing site through the establishment of a small boat marina.  The scope of the marina has not yet been determined—it could range from an expansion of the existing pier for dinghy dockage to a new structure hosting up to approximately 25 shallow-draft vessels of up to 25’ length.
The Urban Harbors Institute from UMass Boston (who worked with the Town to develop the Padanaram Harbor Management Plan adopted by the Town in June of 2019) has been contracted to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed expanded usage.  This will involve an assessment of public and user group interest in such an expansion; financial, regulatory, environmental, and public access aspects; and overall management of the facility.

As part of the initial planning process, the Town is seeking the public’s input.  We invite you to provide your thoughts by taking this short (5-10 minute) survey.  Please share this survey with others who might also be interested in submitting their comments.

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

The public engagement process for community planning normally features public meetings, which—due to public health concerns—are not possible at this time.  We hope everyone will take this opportunity to provide their initial views now through this survey and then join us at meetings to be scheduled when conditions allow.

For further information about this survey or other aspects regarding the Feasibility Study, please contact: Allison Novelly at Allison.Novelly@umb.edu or visit https://www.umb.edu/uhi/diaslandingstudy.