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   31. EDGARTOWN GREAT POND BEACH

 

Size
7.4 acres

Description
Until the land bank’s purchase of a 3.7-acre lot here (plus partial interests in an adjoining 3.7-acre lot, currently not available to the public), the entire two miles of the Edgartown great pond barrier beach were privately owned. Visible from the property is the breadth of the great pond to the north plus Chilmark’s Wequobsque Cliffs to the west. Access is by canoe and kayak only, which visitors themselves must supply. Private beaches are adjacent and boundary signs indicate the limits of public use.

Uses
nature study, picnicking, dog-walking from September 1 - March 31, hunting (with permission), fishing, swimming (on ocean beach), scenic vista.

Access
Property can be accessed only via canoe or kayak from the town’s landing on Turkeyland Neck. To reach the landing, follow the Road to the Plains to its terminus at the Meetinghouse Road. Turn right and travel 0.2 miles; turn left here and follow the dirt road to the great-pond. The ocean beach is 1.1 miles across the pond; be sure to land only on the marked land bank beach.

Historical Highlights

 

  • the land and surrounding water were most likely used in the past as today: for hunting, fishing, and shellfishing. 

 

 

 

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