Middle Pond, MA

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Middle Pond


Town(s): Barnstable MA
County: Barnstable

Size: 108 acres
Average Depth: 20 feet
Maximum Depth: 33 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Horsepower or Speed Restrictions, Other Restrictions, See Comments
Boating Comments: There is a 10 horsepower limit on boat motors enforced by the town.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Middle Pond is a natural kettlehole pond at 108 acres and an average depth of 20 feet, and a maximum depth of 33 feet. The bottom of the pond is primarily sand with scattered areas of gravel and rubble. Transparency is very good, extending to 18 feet, and aquatic vegetation is sparse. The pond and its 2.2 miles of shoreline is moderately developed with seasonal and permanent residences. The pond is fed by groundwater and cranberry bog drainage and serves as the headwater of the Marstons Mills River. Middle Pond is located just west of Route 149 and just north of Hamblin Pond. There is an unimproved town of Barnstable ramp located at the south end of Middle Pond suitable for canoes, cartop boats and possibly lightweight trailered boats. To get to the access take Mistic Drive from Route 149 around the south end of Hamblin Pond. The access is on the south end of Middle Pond, at the end of Flume Avenue. The channel which connects the two ponds (Mystic Pond and Middle Pond) is only about a foot deep. As a result, those planning to fish Mystic Lake should plan on using a canoe or very shallow draft craft. This shallow access keeps recreational pressure on Mystic Lake quite light, even during the summer. The Indian Ponds Association mission is to preserve and protect the natural environment and ecological systems of the Indian Ponds and surrounding parcels of lands and watershed [and to] participate in studies and work with other agencies, individuals, and groups to educate the public, serve the community, and promote and preserve the Indian Ponds and surrounding areas.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fishing Comments: Due to the poor access and relatively light fishing pressure (particularly on Mystic Lake) these two ponds should offer some excellent fishing opportunities. At the time of the last survey both smallmouth and largemouth bass populations were healthy and there were considerable numbers of fish in the 12 to 18 inch range. The best resource in the ponds at the time of the last sample was a bonanza of yellow and white perch. Large numbers over 10 inches long were recorded. Other nearby ponds include Hamblin Pond just to the south and Shubael Pond to the east.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Golden Shiner, White Sucker

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: There is an unimproved town of Barnstable ramp located at the south end of Middle Pond suitable for canoes, cartop boats and possibly lightweight trailered boats.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: Middle Pond is located just west of Route 149 and just north of Hamblin Pond.
Shoreline Development: 25-50%