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Ashmere Island

Launch a canoe to visit this island preserve in the northern basin of Hinsdale’s Ashmere Lake.


  • Hinsdale, MA
  • No maintained trails
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Size: 7 acres
  • No camping and no fires

This land, and all of the present-day Berkshires, are the ancestral homeland of the Mohican people, who were forcibly displaced to Wisconsin by European colonization. These lands continue to be of great significance to the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation today. To learn more, visit

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      A public boat launch serving the lake is located at Ashmere Lake State Forest at the far south end of the lake. The boat launch can be accessed from Hickingbotham Road in Hinsdale.


      • ​​​​​​​Center of Property:  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Google Maps​​​​​​​ | 42.4516, -73.0864

      Paddle, ice skate, snowshoe or ski to this small island in the northern half of Ashmere Lake. If you bring a picnic, make sure to take every crumb home with you to avoid luring hungry wildlife to this isolated habitat.