Mystic Pond, MA


Mystic Pond

Town(s): Barnstable MA
County: Barnstable
Local Name: Mystic Lake

Size: 149 acres
Average Depth: 20 feet
Maximum Depth: 42 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, 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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Mystic Lake is a natural kettlehole pond connected to Middle Pond by a shallow channel. Mystic Lake, 149 acres, has an average depth of 20 feet and a maximum depth of 42 feet. The bottom of these ponds are primarily sand with scattered areas of gravel and rubble. Transparency is very good, extending to 18 feet, and aquatic vegetation is sparse. The pond has 2.5 miles of shopreline and is moderately developed with seasonal and permanent residences. These ponds together with Hamblin Pond (just to the south) are collectively known as the Indian Ponds or Cotuit Ponds. The ponds are fed by groundwater and cranberry bog drainage and serve as the headwaters of the Marstons Mills River. Public access to Mystic Lake is limited to a small roadside area off Race Lane and through the connection to Middle 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. There is a 10 horsepower limit on boat motors enforced by the town. The channel which connects the two ponds 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, Sunfish, Golden Shiner, White Sucker

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: See description.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: Mystic Lake and Middle Pond are located just west of Route 149 and just north of Hamblin Pond.
Shoreline Development: 50-75%