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Dudley Pond


Town(s): Wayland MA
County: Middlesex

Size: 84 acres
Average Depth: 12 feet
Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Horsepower or Speed Restrictions, See Comments
Boating Comments: Outboard motors are limited to 10 horsepower or less.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Dudley Pond covers 84 acres, having a maximum depth of over 30 feet. It is thought that the Pond resulted from a detached ice block during the last glaciation of New England during the Pleistocene Epoch, which upon melting, left behind a topographic depression. The pond is fed by rainfall and by an inlet on the southeastern shore. There are many theories that the pond is spring fed, but there is no evidence to support this hypothesis. There could be a slow flowing aquifer originating from the Rice Road/Woodridge area that feeds water to the pond, but it remains only in theory with some biological evidence pointing towards the possibility. Once connected by underground pipe to Lake Cochituate, Dudley Pond served as a standby drinking water supply for Boston from 1847 to the turn of the century. At that time an algae taste in the water eliminated the Pond from the system. Owned by the Commonwealth and designated a "Great Pond" (because it covers more than 10 acres), its management and administration were transferred to the Town of Wayland in 1916 under a long-term lease of ninety-nine years. In the early 1900's the area surrounding the Pond was extremely popular as a summer resort and fishing camp. Until the 1940's much of the land underwent intensive development and subdivision; during the 1920's some lots were even sold through lotteries at movie theatres in the Boston area! More recently there has been an effort by the Town to consolidate parcels and encourage homeowners to upgrade their septic systems. Dudley Pond is an important recreational and environmental asset, and its maintenance and improvement contribute to the quality of life of all townspeople. It is located in Cochituate which, interestingly, carries an Indian meaning of "clear rushing water." The Dudley Pond Association is an organized watershed group with bylaws specifically for the maintenance of the Pond. Since its first meeting in 1968 the DPA has had a program of pond improvement that has included: weed control, litter control, safety, abuse and "nuisance" control, improvement of water quality and community-building events.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum)

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Bluegill, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: None, Private Lake
Parking Spaces: None

Directions: MASS PIKE, EXIT 22 toward FRAMINGHAM/BOSTON, RT-30 E exit, EXIT 13, toward NATICK/WELLESLEY, Turn LEFT onto SPEEN ST., SLIGHT RIGHT onto OLD CONNECTICUT PATH W., Turn RIGHT onto W PLAIN ST., Turn LEFT onto MANSION RD., to Mansion Rd & Lake Shore Dr
Shoreline Development: 50-75%

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