Lake Ashmere Information (Geography)
|Lake Ashmere |
|Location||Berkshire County, Massachusetts|
LAKE ASHMERE Latitude and Longitude:
|Catchment area||4.6 sq mi (12 km2)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Water volume||2,076 acre⋅ft (2,561,000 m3)|
|Surface elevation||1,581 ft (482 m) |
|Dam||Ashmere Lake Dam |
Lake Ashmere is used mostly for recreational purposes. It is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are two summer camps located on the lake: Camp Danbee, a private girls camp, on the south side and Camp Taconic, a private co-ed camp on the north side of the lake. A third summer camp, Camp Ashmere, a co-ed church operated camp, closed after the Summer 2018 season, and its land was put up for sale.
Ashmere Lake Dam is of earthen construction, a gravity dam. Its length is 1,525 feet (465 m). Its capacity is 3,872 acre feet (4,776,000 m3). Normal storage is 2,076 acre feet (2,561,000 m3). It drains an area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2).
The lake is divided by Route 143 which cuts it approximately in half. There is access between the two sides via an aqueduct that is approximately 6 feet in width with a depth of water of about 3 ft. The easiest way to access the lake is by taking Route 143 north from Route 8 in Hinsdale, from which you can take exits to access vacation and permanent homes on the lake. There is only one public access which is on the extreme south corner of the lake.