Lake Tashmoo, Martha's Vineyard

 


Wooden Catboat Bella of Lake Tashmoo

Lake Tashmoo is a quiet anchorage within walking distance of Vineyard Haven. 
It is the best of all the cruising harbors. 
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 anchorage. 
Geese, ducks, swans and osprey abound. 
This is a very sheltered harbor, and only exposed from the north and south.
 

Kayaks share the water with classic wooden boats of bristol quality and lobster boats headed out 
to work their traps daily. This is a cruising and working harbor, and in many ways appears to be of a time past.

 

Boathouse at the southernmost corner of the harbor

 

Lake 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 
the 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 navigation. 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Sailing into the harbor under full moon

 

 

Fred the Goose

 

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