Forge Pond, MA

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Forge Pond


Town(s): Westford MA, Littleton MA
County: Middlesex
Local Name: Lake Mattawanakee

Size: 210 acres
Average Depth: 15 feet
Maximum Depth: 33 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Forge Pond is positioned in a quiet area of town and has a NH feel to it. It is located about an eighth of a mile south of Route 25. The water is know to be dark and has a transparency of only about 4 feet. The bottom, like most area ponds, is predominantly sand & gravel. Aquatic vegetation is heavy throughout the pond, especially in the few coves and shallows. Most of the shoreline is heavily developed with cottages and converted cottages. Houses tend to be fairly close together. The pond is fed by Beaver Brook from the southeastern corner. Residents speak highly of their 212 acre pond and there are only about 3 or 4 sales there every year.

Water Quality: Unknown
Vegetation Growth: Unknown
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum), Fanwort (Cabomba Caroliniana)

Fishing Comments: The pond is fished quite often and many gamefish are removed almost as soon as they reach legal size. Bass over 12 inches and pickerel over 15 inches in length can be scarce...but the big ones are still out there and can be found in some deep water and holes. There are plenty of smallmouth bass for the taking also.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: The town conservation office control the dirt ramp off Beaver Brook Road. Parking is limited. Some smaller boats can be launched from their trailer.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: Route 495 to exit 31 to Route 119W, right on Beaver Brook Road, access on left.
Shoreline Development: 75-100%