Edgartown Great Pond is a salt pond on the south shore of Martha's Vineyard island. It has about 15 miles of shoreline due to the several coves. It is shaped like a hand, with the fingers being coves pointing north away from the ocean. A trip done this summer from the town launch on Mashaket Neck around Kanomika Neck and up Janes Cove and Wintucket cove is about 5 1/2 miles. About 150 yards up Wintucket Cove I spotted an otter in the water watching me. A little further there was an osprey family, busily teaching the young. Osprey can be seen frequently on the salt ponds of Martha's Vineyard. At the end of Wintucket Cove are 2 wooden walls spanning the cove, very old and decomposed. There is a small opening in each to paddle though, but watch your draft, as it is shallow.
Janes Cove, the next to the left, is more developed along the shore. I did see several white swans and a white heron, along with ducks and cormorants. The houses are large and expensive, but generally built without trashing the shoreline. There is rarely any activity on the pond. I usually have the cove to myself. Sometimes there is another paddler in the distance, or someone in a skiff or Sunfish heading over to South beach.
The town landing is a sand area with parking for 20-30 cars. I have never seen it full, even in August. There are usually several quohoggers skiffs moored nearby, but the shallowness doesn't lend itself to bigger powerboats.
From the West Tisbury Rd, take Meeting House Way ( a 2 lane dirt road with washboard sections) 1.3 miles to a dirt road on the right. Follow this .8 miles to the town landing on Mashaket Neck
- Trip Duration: Day Trip
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water