Launch a canoe to visit this 7-acre island preserve in the northern basin of Hinsdale’s Ashmere Lake.
Property Name: Ashmere Island
Activities: Canoeing, fishing
Special features: Ashmere Lake
Hiking difficulty: Expert — It’s awfully wet! Snowshoeing/skiing is a great way to see the island.
GPS: 42.4516, -73.0864 (center of property)
Ashmere Island is on the northern half of Ashmere Lake. This 7-acre, forested island is very near the eastern and western shores at a pinch-point of the lake. Visit in the spring when azaleas are in bloom; visit in the winter with your ice-fishing gear. No camping and no fires, please.
A public boat launch serving all of the lake is located at Ashmere Lake State Forest at the far south end of the lake (accessed from Hickingbotham Road in Hinsdale).