The three waterways that comprise Tisbury, also known as Vineyard Haven, make up a most fragile aquatic system. In spite of ever-increasing use and misuse by man, the harbor remains an important spawning and feeding ground for several species of edible fish and bait, while the Lagoon and Lake Tashmoo provide an excellent locale for breeding and harvesting shellfish. This folder is intended to help you enjoy and protect this beautiful and unique environment.
The Harbormaster’s department does not take reservations. We operate a town dock for hourly dockage excepting overnight dockage when the private marinas are full. Moorings are offered on a first come first served basis. There is almost always a mooring available in Vineyard Haven Harbor either inside or outside the breakwater. Call the Harbormaster on VHF channel 9 to determine availability. Cruising groups of ten or more vessels may make advance reservations at the Harbormasters discretion.
Anchorage is permitted outside the breakwater clear of mooring fields, channels and the causeway to Lagoon Pond Bridge. Anchored vessels must be attended every 24 hours. Anchoring is also permitted in Lagoon Pond and Lake Tashmoo. Sleeping aboard is limited to 3 consecutive days.