Norton Reservoir, MA


Norton Reservoir

Town(s): Norton MA
County: Bristol

Size: 529 acres
Average Depth: 5 feet
Maximum Depth: 10 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions
Boating Comments: There is very little power-boat traffic on this lake. Mostly fisherman on Sunday mornings. There are additional boating restrictions defined by the town (
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

This large body of water boasts some great wildlife and fishing spots. It is a very shallow lake with many coves and islands. This is a fully recreational lake and all power boating is allowed. It's a quiet lake with more folks taking advantage of the terrific canoe or kayak possibilities. Fishermen enjoy this lake for its many coves and prime fishing spots. Most depths average 5 feet and the bottom is mostly sand and gravel with a fair concentration of vegetation heavier in the coves. The town has talked about dredging the lake for more than a decade but so far, no plans have been implemented. Most of the homes are concentrated along the southwest and eastern shoreline. This man-made reservoir outlets through the Rumford River. You can take a guided kayak tour through a company called "Norton Kayak Company" ( You can also view a story and video on the company ( There does not appear to be a Lake Association for the reservoir.

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

Fishing Comments: The reservoir is know for producing better than average Bass and White Perch.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: Part of the shore is accessible to fishing on both sides of the culvert off Rt 140 / Mansfield Ave. Fishing can also be done over at the dam off Reservoir Street. There is also informal boat access off Juniper Road for cartop unloading.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: Rt 495 to Rt 140 to Reservoir Street
Shoreline Development: 25-50%