Originally, Dixmude developed mainly near the Stadsvaart or Handzamevaart. This river provided the city and the moats with water. The busy port quarter, with plenty of skipper bars and inns like Den Papegaei with the adjacent warehouses, were mostly situated near the Kleine and Grote Dijk. Traces of this are the quay walls with mooring rings and the loading steps. The fishermans wife Jette is a bronze reminder and a tribute to the Dixmude fish trade.