Lake Tashmoo is a
anchorage within walking distance of Vineyard Haven.
It is the best of all the
The sandbar at the entrance is shallow enough to keep
most boaters alert as they enter.
Once in the harbor there is plenty of water, and a peaceful
Geese, ducks, swans and osprey abound.
This is a very sheltered harbor, and only exposed from the north and south.
share the water with classic wooden boats of bristol quality and lobster boats
to work their traps daily. This is a cruising and working harbor, and
in many ways appears to be of a time past.
at the southernmost corner of the harbor
Tashmoo is 270-acres of coastal pond on the shores of Vineyard Sound.
Fresh water enters the pond via groundwater and springs at its head. In the late
1800s those springs became the source for commercially bottled water and for
Town’s first public water supply system.
A meandering inlet connected the lake
to Vineyard Sound and was an actively fished
herring run. After the Great Gale
of 1938, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged
the inlet and constructed
jetties that created the current estuary and stabilized the opening for