Fosters Pond, MA

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Fosters Pond


Town(s): Andover MA
County: Essex

Size: 120 acres
Average Depth: 7 feet
Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Gas Engines Prohibited, Other Restrictions, See Comments
Boating Comments: No gas powered engines allowed. The town has an additional restriction of 10 horsepower.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Foster’s Pond is a medium-sized great pond. The bottom is mostly gravel with the coves having typical layers of muck. The pond is largely created by the Foster’s Pond Dam, which is owned and maintained by the Foster's Pond Corporation, an active non-profit community association. The 150-year-old dam, with its spillway buttressed by granite walls and the upstream face protected by crushed stone, is a neighborhood icon. The dam functions as a "pocket park" where residents and visitors can enjoy easy Pond access and a splendid view. There is no parking at the dam itself, but on-street parking is allowed on Carter Lane a short distance away, and visitors utilize three or four informal spots along Rattlesnake Hill Road. Fishing is allowed (a license, of course, is required), and visitors may launch their canoe, kayak or bass boat at the east end of the dam. Water quality is actively monitored by Foster’s Pond Corporation. The Corporation has an active weed control and management program, funded primarily by neighborhood residents, that includes chemical treatment of fanwort and other nuisance vegetation. 

Water Quality: No Known Issues
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Fanwort (Cabomba Caroliniana)

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

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: Visitors may launch their canoe, kayak or bass boat at the east end of the dam
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 25-50%