Lake Ashmere

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Lake Ashmere
Ashmere Lake
Hinsdale - Ashmere Lake.JPG
Ashmere Lake
LocationBerkshire County, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°26′12″N 73°04′58″W / 42.436753°N 73.082879°W / 42.436753; -73.082879Coordinates: 42°26′12″N 73°04′58″W / 42.436753°N 73.082879°W / 42.436753; -73.082879
Catchment area4.6 sq mi (12 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Water volume2,076 acre⋅ft (2,561,000 m3)
DamAshmere Lake Dam

Lake Ashmere, or Ashmere Lake,[1] is a small lake in rural Berkshire County of Massachusetts, located in Peru and Hinsdale, Massachusetts.


Lake Ashmere is used mostly for recreational purposes. It is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are three summer camps located on the lake: Camp Ashmere, a co-ed church operated camp and 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.

Ashmere Lake Dam[edit]

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).

Exact Location[edit]

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.