Meadowbrook Pond , MA


Meadowbrook Pond

Town(s): Amesbury MA
County: Essex

Size: 100 acres
Average Depth: 5 feet
Maximum Depth: 12 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Gas Engines Prohibited
Swimming: Unknown

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Meadowbrook is a small pond in the north of Amesbury and is part of the PowowRiver’s course. This is an historic waterway controlled since the 1700’s to assure flowage right for water power for Amesbury’s textile industry. The water source is Lake Attitash and thePowow River. Water flows into Meadowbrook via the Stateline Dam from TuxburyPond and the Birches Dam from Lake Attitash. Water flows out of the Pond throughthe Archbrook culvert and rejoins the Powow River or via the Stateline Dam intoTuxbury Pond. This water enters the municipal water supply. The watershed overlay district protects the pond.
Meadowbrook suffers from a number of long-term problems, including a recent bloom of surface plants, such as lilies whose rootsystems have decreased the depth of the pond to less than 1’ in many locations. This end of the pond is also filling in, with newislands mainly composed of matted lily roots and silt appearingrandomly every year. The filling process is composed of severalfactors, including (a) the volume of plant matter deposited annually by trees and shrubs on the shoreline, (b) restricted water flow caused by surface plants resulting in additional silt deposition, and (c) the expanding root systems of various species of plants filling nearly all available underwaterspaces. During the winter drawdown period, this end of the pondresembles a moonscape as it is largely above water.

Water Quality: Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species:

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Bluegill, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: None, Private Lake
Ramp Comments: There is no public beach. Archbrook culvert is accessible from an access road off of Kimball Rd.
Parking Spaces: None

Directions: Meadowbrook is in the Northwest corner of town. It is west of Kimball Road and at the state line, adjoining S. Hampton, NH
Shoreline Development: 25-50%