Brookhaven Lake, MA

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Brookhaven Lake


Town(s): West Brookfield MA
County: Worcester

Size: 34 acres
Average Depth: 6 feet
Maximum Depth: 10 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Gas Engines Prohibited, Other Restrictions
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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The pond is characterized by light brown watercolor. Shoreline development is extensive with summer cottages and year-round homes.
Diversity in Paddling: This paddle can be combined with the Quaboag River and/or the Brookfield River, Lake Lashaway, Quacumquasit Pond, and Wickaboag Pond.  We particularly enjoy paddling here because of all the flexibility available to the paddler.  If you want some place where you can explore a region on multiple days then this is a real opportunity. There is a certain placidness that effects us whenever we paddle these waters. For the fisher the warm water species prevail allowing you to get lost in the cast and forget about time.
 
Brookhaven Lake Association

Boat Stickers - All boats on Brookhaven Lake are required to have a Brookhaven Lake Association Sticker.  Members are afforded 2 Stickers per year; additional Stickers are $1.25 each.  Members may request Stickers; at the Annual Membership Meeting, or by providing a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope along with yearly Membership Dues.

Membership Cards - Membership Cards a required for access to Brookhaven Lake Association Public Areas, (i.e. the Clubhouse, Beach, Lake, Roads, etc.)  Members may request Stickers; at the Annual Membership Meeting, or by providing a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope along with yearly Membership Dues.

Membership Dues - Dues are $75 yearly; paid to "Brookhaven Lake Association," and may be mailed to P.O. Box 555 West Brookfild, MA. 01585.

BLA ByLaws - The bylaws are a set of rules which govern how our association organizes it's business and recreational functions.  The BLA bylaws conclude with reference to a handbook entitle Roberts Rules of Order; written by Brigadier General Henry Martyn Robert, in 1876, to assist in the creation of legislative bodies.

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

Fishing Comments: There are good populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass at Wickaboag Pond. It would appear to be an interesting spring, early summer or fall spot for bass and pickerel fishing. Fishermen access is no problem at that time, and there is the least conflict between fishing and other recreational uses such as boating.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, White Perch, Channel Catfish, Sunfish, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: A town owned beach and State paved boat ramp is located in the southeast corner of the pond. Parking for only 7 vehicles for boat launching. The rest are for the beach. There is also some limited shoreline access off Wickaboag Valley Road on the northeast corner of the pond.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90) After the tollbooths, head southwest on I-84. At mile 0.8, take exit 3B to merge onto Route 20 West toward Route 131/Sturbridge/Palmer. Travel through Sturbridge and at mile 3.2, turn right onto Route 148 North/Brookfield Road. At mile 5.5, slight left onto Warren Road. At mile 7.0, at stop sign, turn right onto Brookfield Road/Southbridge Road. Almost imediately, bear left continuing on Southbridge Road.
Shoreline Development: 50-75%