Maeve Reston
The Wasque Reservation sandplain curves downward to the dunes disappearing into the indigo waves of Katama Bay off Chappaquiddick. The white-crested breakers recede into fog above the ocean.
Cape Pogue
Julia Wells
Oversand vehicle trails on Chappaquiddick have been partly reopened after a weekend of closures to protect nesting piping plovers, the Trustees of Reservations announced. All trails to Cape Pogue remain closed to vehicles.
Trustees of Reservations
Piping plover
Cape Pogue
Dike Bridge


The natural splendor of the beaches on Chappaquiddick attracts swimmers, hikers, anglers, sunbathers, birdwatchers and sunset — or sunrise — watchers.

Located on the furthest, most immaculate tip of Chappaquiddick, Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge is home to salt marsh, coastal cedars, endangered shorebirds and some of the best recreational fishing the Vineyard has to offer.


The Edgartown conservation commission grilled The Trustees of Reservations Wednesday as the statewide land nonprofit continued its bid to renew its oversand vehicle program on Chappaquiddick.

Roughly $155,000 in grant money will be dedicated to surveying a salt marsh around Poucha Pond and the bay side of Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge on Chappaquiddick.

The Trustees of Reservations unveiled a new plan to manage its Chappaquiddick beaches Thursday, more than a year after it pulled a previous plan in response to backlash from residents and visitors.

The announcement came after a long road of regulatory challenges for the statewide land conservancy.