Cotton Pond, MA

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Cotton Pond


Town(s): Plymouth MA
County: Plymouth

Size: 3 acres
Average Depth: feet
Maximum Depth: feet

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



Cotton Pond is a small spring-fed kettle pond located in a tranquil, remote setting off  historic Old Sandwich Road in South Plymouth, Massachusetts. The pond was formed when a block of ice left in the soil by a receding glacier melted away. Its spring-fed quality maintains the pond’s crystal clear water.  It is located within an area designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an important wildlife habitat. Shrub layers of huckleberry appear along the shoreline, together with highbush blueberries and fragrant pepperbush. Herons and waterfowl are present, particularly in the spring and fall. Many species of woodland songbirds may be seen or heard throughout the pond area. With the exception of a small portion of the shoreline abutting a Wildlands Trust preserve, this pond is privately owned with only one pondfront cottage on the property, which is virtually surrounded by conservation-protected lands of the Wildlands Trust and the Town of Plymouth.  (information on Cotton Pond wildlife extracted from Plymouth County Wildlands Trust literature)

Water Quality: Unknown
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Channel Catfish, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: None, Private Lake
Parking Spaces: None

Shoreline Development: Less than 10%