Ashmere Lake


Ashmere Lake

Town(s): Hinsdale MA
County: Berkshire

Size: 287 acres
Average Depth: 8 feet
Maximum Depth: 20 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Boating Comments: See description.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Ashmere Lake is a 287-acre impoundment of Bennett Brook located on Route 143 on the Hinsdale and Peru town line. The lake is divided into two basins by Route143 and access is permitted between the two by a culvert that is navigable to smaller boats. The average depth of Ashmere Lake is 8 feet with a maximum of 24 feet near the dam in the southern basin. Aquatic vegetation is abundant and often dense in the northern basin and common but patchy in the southern basin. The bottom is composed primarily of mud with large areas of rock and rubble in the western and southern sections of the southern basin. The southern shore of the south basin lies within Ashmere Lake State Park and is entirely wooded; elsewhere the shores are moderately developed with houses. Ashmere Lake is typically drawn down during fall and winter so use caution when navigating during these times as depth varies seasonally. Recreational Access: The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages a concrete boat ramp (73°5'3.404"W 42°26'5.728"N) and adjacent parking area suitable for 6 trailers off of Hickingbotham Rd. Shoreline access is available in areas adjacent to the ramp and in Ashmere Lake State Park. Please contact the offices of Pittsfield State Forrest for additional information and/or restrictions pertaining to public access of Ashmere Lake. Fish Populations The following fish species were found during MassWildlife surveys: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Black Crappie, Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, White Sucker and Golden Shiner. Fishing Bass are the primary game fish in Ashmere Lake. Largemouth Bass are common throughout the lake whereas Smallmouth Bass are largely restricted to the deeper and rockier habitats of the Southern Basin. Yellow Perch and Bluegill are also abundant and can be found in either basin but do not typically reach larger sizes. Ashmere Lake has produced Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, sunfish, and bullhead that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fishing Comments: See description.

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: See description.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: See description.
Shoreline Development: 50-75%