Lake Attitash


Lake Attitash

Town(s): Amesbury MA, Merrimac MA
County: Essex

Size: 360 acres
Average Depth: 11 feet
Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions
Boating Comments: Jet Ski's prohibited.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Lake Attitash is a lake located on the border of Merrimac, Massachusetts and Amesbury, Massachusetts, and constitutes at least a portion of Amesbury's water supply. There are beaches both on the Amesbury and Merrimac shores. Merrimac's beach is known as Indian Head Park. The lake is popular with seasonal tourists, as well as residents. It is safe for swimming. Boats are allowed on the lake. The shoreline is extensively developed; roads and cottages, two or three rows deep in places, virtually ring the entire lake. There are literally hundreds of boats of all types and sizes. The only significant weed beds are located in the inlet and outlet coves. "Merrimac Sports" on 130 E Main Street carries fresh and salt water fishing tackle.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum), Fanwort (Cabomba Caroliniana)

Fishing Comments: It is primarily known as one of the best northern pike waters in the Northeast District. Pike in excess of 20 pounds have been reported from here. Various local tournaments often bring out crowds of ice fishermen on weekends.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: Public access for boating has been created by the Massachusetts Office of Fishing and Boating Access by constructing a parking lot and launching ramp. The parking lot can accommodate nearly two dozen vehicles.
Parking Spaces: 21-40

Directions: Rout 495 to exit 53, right off ramp, right onto Route 110, lake on left.
Shoreline Development: 75-100%