Details for Menemsha Harbor

Menemsha Harbor

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 20 reviews

Address 401 Middle Road, PO Box 119
Chilmark, MA 02535


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager


Dennis Jason


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MC and Visa. No Amex or Discover.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: June to November 1st.


Head for Menemsha Bight, with good water all around. Green #1 marks the entrance.





Tide & current additional info

Menemsha pond floods and ebbs through a narrow channel. Best to enter at slack current. Watch the turn into the basin as the current will spin you.


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: 7

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - YES

Additional info: Most slips require med moor with pilings for bow tie-off. Larger boats may find space on fixed wood face dock.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 55
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Face dock can accommodate vessels up to 100 + feet.


Transient: 20
Total: 100
Transient price: $3.00/ft (2017-08-26)

Other price info: No reservations, first come first serve. Call dockmaster at 0700 hours for that day.
Hourly: $10.00 for each four (4) hours.

It is reported that they do take reservation for vessels over 50 feet LOA.


Transient: 5
Total: 10
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: There are two moorings in the basin. Be prepared to raft up as each will hold up to three boats.

$30.00 per day for inside moorings.
$20.00 per day for outside moorings.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: $15.00 per day for 30 amp.
$30.00 per day for 50 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Dinghy Dock next to jetty.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Call the Harbormaster. Early July 2011 it was out of commission.


Yes - Block and cube ice is available.




Yes - Open 24/7. Bring a boatload of quarters for the pay showers.






Yes - It's a convenience store but it's a short walk from the basin.



Yes - Nice seafood store/restaurant 300 feet away. Several others are a very short walk. Many more in town.


No - There's no nightlife in Menemsha once the soft serve ice cream place closes.

Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

No - Not available.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing charters.

Internet access

Yes - Open city WiFi. You must login and watch a 30 second ad before connecting.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Public bus stop near marina.

Other services


Reviews for Menemsha Harbor
A busy fishing port, 2017-09-20
Captain: , massachusetts (30)

Had a good experience rafted with other sailboats on one of the inside moorings in this tiny harbor. Good local seafood at Larson%u2019s. Menemsha has the usual noise and activity of a working fishing port at all hours of the day and night. One real problem is the lack of a pumpout boat. You may ask for permission to go to the fuel dock during the middle of the day for a pumpout, but that may not be easy when you%u2019re rafted or in one of the slips. When we received permission to go to the dock, the Harbormaster staff made it clear that it was a bother for them. Menemsha should have a pumpout boat.

Funky harbor, pricey with few amenities but typical of this area, 2017-08-30
Captain: , Port Aransas, TX (1453)

We stayed 1 night 8/26/17, paying $3/ft + $30 for 50a power on their fixed face dock. Highly recommend coming in at slack tide if possible as docking in the swift current is a challenge. Actually had decent wifi, open city service, but had to accept terms and watch a commercial about every 20 minutes - really annoying! Also had 4 bars AT&T. It's quite a hike from the face dock to the office, so we didn't use any facilities but did get a tour of the harbor on the walk. Small grocery nearby, a few restaurants and a few nice shops. Seafood markets seemed overpriced, but it is MV! Splurged on some wonderful fresh swordfish. Bike ferry will take you across the channel if you want to bike to the lighthouse. City bus service is a good way to see the rest of the island.

Dock slips for stern in, power boats only, 2017-06-26
Captain: , Oriental, NC (97)

We left when we saw that there were no finger piers We were told by the dockmaster that they had 40' floating finger piers. There were NO finger piers, only stern in between pilings to a nice long floating dock. Well the floating dock might be fine for stern in power boats, but there was not a way to get off a sail boat w/o a 4' jump. Docking by get through the pilings, considering the current, was not going to happen for us. We attempted docking but even with bow thrusters, we left.
ps, Power was out of order.
We see that there are 2, moorings for sailboats with rafting permited/required. No launch service.

Still a Great Harbor, 2016-09-17
Captain: , Wickford, RI (560)

Wanted to rate it lower due to difficulty (swirling current) getting into slips, the fact that both local restaurants were closed in mid-September bespite the hoarbormaster assuring us they were open, and the lack of off-season rates: but the place is just too pretty. The local seafood shacks are excellent and the general store has most of the boat basics. Town showrs/bathrooms are basic but work.

Best harbour on the island, 2016-07-06
Captain: , Olcott, NY (2536)

Great little harbour with only two mooring balls, exclusive to sailing vessels, so rafting up is mandatory.
I would have given this review a 5 , but the pumpout is out of commission and the town seems in no hurry to fix it.
The nearest alternatives, that we are aware of are either 14nm or 40 nm distant.
One would think that a town government, generating revenue on vessel tourism, would take pains to insure the pumpout facility would be kept in working order. Wonder how many vessels will just leave the harbour and dump overboard?
For us it will be a long slog to Block Island for a pumpout. :-(

Low key the way it should be, 2014-07-28
Captain: , Boston (619)

There's hardly anything there, which is the charm of Menemsha. Two great fish store/restaurants, some shops, cafe, conveneience store and not much more. You'll share the small basin with commercial fishing boats and if you get a mooring inside you'll likely be rafted up. The Harbormaster takes same day reservations, starting at 7AM; call early and keep trying until you get him/her.

Follow the creek in your dinghy from the basin to the pond. You'll find a nice beach at Long Point. If you're rowing, go in with the flood and out with the ebb!

If you don't want to dinghy across, take the bike ferry. Once you're across, it's a long but managable walk to/from the lighthouse at Gay Head.

Cell phone service in Menemsha and in the Town of Chilmark in general is awful!

Lastly, stop in the chandlery (just up the road on the right) and spend some time chatting with Everett Poole. Note that he tends to open at his convenience.

It's all about the sunsets, 2013-08-31
Captain: , Cotuit, MA (94)

The wharf (at the pilings shown on the map) did burn down a couple years ago, but is now entirely rebuilt. It's home to the Coast Guard, local boats and commercial fishers.

The public Dutcher dock has been newly rebuilt it extends south along the breakwater inside the basin. With 16 stern in slips against a new concrete wood covered wide floating dock, it's the best dockage on the Vineyard and by far the cheapest. On the bulkhead, which extends in front of the brown building (Texaco gas & convenience) to the left of this red marker, u still have to raft up to 3 boats. U must telephone (508-645-2846) at 7:00 the day u want the slip. Calls taken in order received so keep hitting redial. $2.50 per foot plus $5/day electric. Once there you can stay 2 weeks maximum. Hail on 16 for help from Dennis and his staff (all professionals) for help backing in. There are moorings in front of the beach ($20) and they rock and roll big time in weather. There is a mooring for sailboats inside the harbor but all must raft together ($30). It's great for friends.

2 fish markets, both cook or u can put your grill on the bulkhead and just leave it there. My buddy caught a 36" Striper off the floating dock on 08/30/13. Many fishing boats come in for a few days. The beach and parking lot all fill up with tourists who come to see the sunset over water since Menemsha faces west over water. See other reviews about the town and bus service. Town is "dry" but Oak Bluffs liquor store will deliver!

A touch of old MV, 2013-08-14
Captain: , Mashpee River (507)

We found 6 feet of water at right about low tide entering the harbor. While you cannot anchor over night in the pond, there are a couple of rental mooring and some docking. Menemsha continues to have the charm of an old fishing village

Absolutely charming, 2013-07-09
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1007)

Been to Menemsha by car several times, and now with our boat a few times. It's a small harbor, not much there but it's perfect. We have anchored in the bight under ideal wind conditions as others said. We've docked inside the harbor and Dennis the harbor master is as helpful as he can be with the limited space he has. Love going to Larsen's for fresh seafood.
Love it!

Family oriented at its best, 2013-06-21
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (279)

This is a truly great place to stop and scope-out "the vinyard". The Town of Chilmark, MA, is one of the good places to start. Freindly people, good service and really (really) good seafood very close by; it doesn't get much better on a summer day. Any summer day.

Great town, limited facilities, 2013-06-19
Captain: , Westport Point, MA (391)

If there's no room to raft up at one of the 3 moorings inside, plan to bounce all night on the outside. Wonderful town to eat and beach and just kick back; you know you're on vacation when you're here, and if the weather's good, there isn't a better place to spend a day.

Beautiful!, 2012-07-05
Captain: , Hingham, MA (1079)

We stayed on one of the two town moorings in the harbor. The entire area is absolutley beautiful!
The dinghy dock is located behind the barrier wall and the harbormaster's office is located over with the fish markets. All of the food was excellent. The town is dry but you can bring alcohol to the restaurant for a small fee.
The harbormaster will direct other boats to tie up with you if both moorings are full. We had another sailboat similiar to our size tied up with us. The mooring was very secure and we met some great new friends.

A truly special place!, 2012-06-29
Captain: , Rumsey Island (330)

If you want to enjoy a special place on our planet, this is it! Laid-back pace, super fresh seafood, sensational sunsets, crystal clear water. Need I say anything else?

Between The Bite, the local fish markets and the Beach Plum, it doesn't get any better than this.

Captain: , marion (112)

Empty docks, empty moorings, and a very accomodating Harbor Master on this early June morning. It took a bit of cajoiling but the Harbor Master let this power vessel tie up to one of the two inside moorings normally reserved for sail only. Then to outdo himself he turned away payment of the usual $30 mooring fee. Hadn't been here in 30 years. Nothing changed except channel to pond heavily shoaled.

Worth a visit - well-preserved fishing village, 2012-06-03
Captain: , Lottsburg VA (127)

Visited before "season" started (5/30/12) so was uncrowded and calm. Used one of two moorings in basin - very peaceful night. Fish markets are very helpful and will cook anything fresh to order.

Menemsha Harbor, 2012-05-15
Captain: , Bristol, RI (63)

Very nice little harbor with local fishing boats. This is an important refuge since there are few other places along this side of the island. A couple of mooring balls in the inner harbor but not much room for anything else. Some very friendly and courteous locals warned us not to proceed beyond the red nun in the channel despite the chart indicating sufficient depth. We pulled up a mooring to the north of the harbor and sat out 20-30 kt winds well past midnight - a bit of a roll but everything held well. Some moorings have a metal pole with eye at top so be prepared for to tie off. This was mid-May so don't know if the mooring field was in proper form for the season yet.

End of the season, 2010-09-19
Captain: , charleston (831)

Great location. Only downside was that we were not allowed to moor inside the harbor so were outside on a mooring where we were exposed to the waves and wakes. Sunset view was spectacular. Since it was the end of the season, Homeport restaurant was already closed. Great clams at the seafood market at the dock. In July a huge fire destroyed some of the fishing docks in the harbor. We saw impressive charred remains of the docks and numerous photos of the fire.

Popeye's Village, 2010-07-29
Captain: , Jersey City, NJ (139)

The small village is worth the time to walk in and around. My wife called it "Popeye's Village" and it really does feel like that if you walk all theway around the cove. Take advantage of the bike ferry if you want to do a "loop" on your bikes - dinghy to thw west side, ride your loop around the island, then use the bike ferry to go and retrieve your dinghy. Just check the bike ferry's operating hours.

You will be rafted - but it's worth it., 2010-04-23
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

Normally I shy away from places where they routinely raft transients, but this location makes it worthwhile.

The cooked-to-order lobster takeouts right at the docks can't be beat, even I (and I'm known for my appetite) had leftovers for lunch the next day.

The locals come to this spot to watch the sunset, make sure your camera is ready. The island bus ($7 day pass) makes it easy to get anywhere on the Vinyard, although it can be a long ride, the island is bigger than it looks. The Western tip of the island, out to Gay Head, is a must-see. If you're not going to Oak Bluffs by boat, take the bus there from Menemsha, that's another must-see, just for the old-time beach resort atmosphere and architecture.

Wireless Internet is available at the dock from the Texaco station, in Aug 2009 it was operated on a donation basis, hopefully they got enough donations to continue the practice. We found no cell phone coverage in the harbor area without walking out to the end of the breakwater. Other parts of the island had good coverage.

It's Not About the Facility, 2009-08-23
Captain: , New Rochelle, NY (1000)

The marina is nothing special, except for the location. No reservations, you have to call at 0700 for that day. If you're lucky enough to get a slip here, plan to stay a while. Make sure to launch your dinghy to explore great beaches and 'The Pond'. One very good BYO seafood restaurant, 'Homeport' and two very good seafood markets that will cook the freshest lobsters, soups and clams to go.
The island bus stops there every hour on the hour and for $7 you can ride all day and visit all the other parts of the island.

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