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Forest Lake


Town(s): Methuen MA
County: Essex

Size: 55 acres
Average Depth: 10 feet
Maximum Depth: 26 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Gas Engines Prohibited, Other Restrictions
Boating Comments: Electric motors only.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Forest Lake is controlled by the town of Methuen and is a relatively infertile natural great pond. Transparency is fair at 7 feet, and aquatic vegetation is scarce except for scattered patches in the coves. The shoreline is fairly well developed with the exception of the north end that is bordered by a town forest and beach. The pond is realtively free of any non-native weed species, and the town hopes to keep it that way. The town of Methuen offers swimming lessons on the pond.

Water Quality: No Known Issues
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species:

Fishing Comments: Rainbow Trout are stocked annually. Good sized bass have been taken via ice fishing activities.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Carp, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: There is a paved beach ramp that can be located via the town forest. It is primarily for car top boats.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: Route 93 to Pelhan Street exit, left on Hampshire Road, left on Ridgewood Lane, right at fork to ramp.
Shoreline Development: 75-100%

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Definitions: Kettle Pond
Aquatic Vegetation
 
Links: DEP
Mass Wildlife
Environmental Police
DCR
MassGIS
Massachusetts Boating Laws
Massachusetts Fishing Regulations