Menemsha, Nashaquitsa, and Stonewall Ponds

Chilmark, Massachusetts

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At the narrow western end of Martha’s Vineyard, you can paddle across the island from the Atlantic ocean to Vineyard Sound. The course begins at Stonewall Pond and runs under South road to nashaquitsa Pond, which flows into Menemsha Pond on the north side of the island. Swimming is permitted at stony Stonewall Beach on the south, Lobsterville Beach on the northeast side of Menemsha Pond, and Menemsha Beach on Vineyard Sound. Each of these bodies of water has its own character. Stonewall Pond is small, sheltered, and often filled with shorebirds. nashaquitsa Pond appears as a small, protected harbor with several long coves. Menemsha Pond is quite the opposite—open, often windy, the perfect location for weekly regattas.

Menemsha, Nashaquitsa, and Stonewall Ponds Professional Review and Guide

"At the narrow western end of Martha’s Vineyard, you can paddle across the island from the Atlantic ocean to Vineyard Sound. The course begins at Stonewall Pond and runs under South road to nashaquitsa Pond, which flows into Menemsha Pond on the north side of the island. Swimming is permitted at stony Stonewall Beach on the south, Lobsterville Beach on the northeast side of Menemsha Pond, and Menemsha Beach on Vineyard Sound.

Each of these bodies of water has its own character. Stonewall Pond is small, sheltered, and often filled with shorebirds. nashaquitsa Pond appears as a small, protected harbor with several long coves. Menemsha Pond is quite the opposite—open, often windy, the perfect location for weekly regattas."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Chilmark
Distance: 2
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Menemsha, Nashaquitsa, and Stonewall Ponds

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May 2018