Congamond Lakes, MA


Congamond Lakes

Town(s): Southwick MA
County: Hampden

Size: 465 acres
Average Depth: 18 feet
Maximum Depth: 50 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions
Boating Comments: 10mph limit before 10:00 AM on weekends.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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The Congamond Lakes are made up of 3 basins: North Pond (46 acres), Middle Pond (277 acres) and South Pond (142 acres). North Pond, the deepest basin has depths of 40 feet and therefore is the clearest lake. Active lake management has mostly eliminated the presence of non-native weeds. The lakes are located one mile east of Route 202 in Southwick. Middle Pond has only trace amounts of trout water. Water clarity varies with the different basins. The bottom type throughout all basins is generally mud with scattered areas of gravel. Aquatic weeds are patchy and generally scant. All three basins are heavily developed and consequently shoreline-fishing access is very limited. A large beach called “Babbs Beach” is on the north end of Middle Pond. The purpose of “Citizens Restoring Congamond” (CRC) is to preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the environmental, aesthetic, recreational and economic values and to promote watershed management of the Congamond Lakes and to provide education with respect thereto. CRC also sponsors an ice fishing derby in February and a boat parade on the 4th of July.  Lake Association dues are not mandatory. The water level is controlled by a dam and is lowered in the fall.

Water Quality: Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum), Fanwort (Cabomba Caroliniana)

Fishing Comments: Excellent fishery, primarily catch and release. Stocked with Trout each spring. Tournaments held here each year.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Carp, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Golden Shiner, White Sucker, American Eel

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: 2 paved concrete ramps, managed by the town of Southwick, open year round, wll lit, restroom facilities, $5.00 per launch.
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Directions: Middle Pond Boat Ramp: Mass Pike to exit 3 (Route 202/10) south, left on Depot Street, right on Sheep Pasture Road, bare left on Point Grove Road, ramp 1/2 mile on left.
Shoreline Development: 50-75%