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


In an effort to secure at least some oversand vehicle access ahead of the summer season, The Trustees of Reservations Friday announced it has withdrawn trails and beaches on Cape Pogue from its application with the Edgartown conservation commission.

Edgartown Conservation Commission members have raised concerns regarding the number of vehicles the Trustees’ allow on their trails and whether the organization would be able to secure sufficient staffing for the summer volume.


The Trustees of Reservations, which owns or manages some 12 miles of public beach from Norton Point to the Cape Pogue elbow, is under pressure on all sides this summer over a new draft management plan

Facing widespread public backlash, the Trustees of Reservations have rescinded a recently released draft beach management plan for the Chappaquiddick beaches they own and manage.

Altered routes for over-sand vehicles and restrictive new dog policies are among changes in the offing for Chappaquiddick beaches owned and managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

A legal effort by two Chappaquiddick landowners to block oversand vehicle (OSV) access to the tip of Cape Pogue for the 2022 season has been denied by a Massachusetts Land Court justice.