Miacomet Pond, Nantucket

March 22, 2023

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Miacomet Pond is a tranquil and intriguing destination on the island of Nantucket, ideal for youngsters and water sports enthusiasts alike. In addition, the Atlantic Ocean is just behind it, making it an excellent choice for those who would rather swim in the sea than in any of the ponds around.

Miacomet Pond is a freshwater system that is about 1.5 miles long and is separated from the ocean by a beach and a dune system.

Due to high groundwater levels flooding surrounding basements, the town had previously opened this pond only to drain surplus water out of it. The town no longer opens Miacomet Pond to the ocean since it has become a freshwater body over time, and the biannual saltwater influxes would harm the pond rather than help its damaged condition.

Miacomet Pond, like the other outwash ponds along Nantucket’s southern shore, is home to a wide variety of fish, turtles (including snapping and painted turtles), waterfowl (including inland ducks, sea ducks, swans, and wading birds), and other wildlife.

Hike the 3 miles of Miacomet Pond Trail on Nantucket Island. It takes a typical traveler around one hour to finish the journey, despite its low perceived difficulty. This path is perfect for strolls and hikes, and you won’t run into too many other people while you’re out exploring.