Chatham Fish Pier & National Seashore Visit



Charming village on the Cape’s south shore at the “elbow” of Cape Cod. Artist colony with lots of galleries and quaint shops. Chatham is blessed with beautiful scenery and includes the Monomy National Wildlife Reserve.

Visit the Chatham Fish Pier at the visitor’s balcony between noon and 1pm daily when fishing boats come in with their daily catch. Watch seals follow the fishing fleet into the Chatham Fish Pier from the overlook.

Visit the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (museum). The station was part of his visionary wireless network that was planned to link America with Europe and Japan.


Chatham Fish Pier

The Chatham Fish Pier at the corner of Shore Road and Barcliff Avenue on Aunt Lydia’s Cove at 54 Barcliff Road Extension, is a constant source of interest to summer visitors. The members of the fishing fleet make their run each suitable day to the fishing grounds from 3 to 100 miles off Chatham.

Their catch consists of haddock, cod, flounder, lobster, pollock, dogfish and halibut. The one-day fresh fish is placed in ice and transported in refrigerated trucks to the New York, Boston, New Bedford and local markets, reaching there less than 24 hours from the time it is taken from the ocean. The boats start returning to the pier shortly after noon, depending upon the tide.

You may watch from the visitors balcony. Observe local traffic and parking regulations while at the Fish Pier. Parking in upper lot for visitors, lower lot by permit only.

Seals in Chatham

A good place to see seals is the observation deck on the Chatham Fish Pier. You need a private boat to see the seals that are on the Monomy National Wildlife Reserve right now, because they are located on the Atlantic side of South Monomoy Island, which is only accessible by boat. From May to October, Monomoy Island Ferry offers boat rides to the refuge.

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
831 Orleans Road, North Chatham

The museum is located in the historic Operations Building built in 1914 by Guglielmo Marconi. The station was part of his visionary wireless network that was planned to link America with Europe and Japan. 

Cape Cod National Seashore
(see separate link on this website for Cape Cod National Seashore)