Quaboag Pond, MA


Quaboag Pond

Town(s): East Brookfield MA, Brookfield MA
County: Worcester
Local Name: North Pond

Size: 537 acres
Average Depth: 7 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
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Quaboag Pond is a 537-acre pond located near the East Brookfield and Brookfield, Massachusetts. The pond lies about two miles south of state Route 9 as it passes through East Brookfield. Quaboag Pond was once named Podunk Pond. The average depth is 7 feet with the maximum depth about 10 feet. The water is brown in color and quite warm in the summertime. Non-native invasive plants cover substantial portions of this pond; the pond lies in a swampy area, also subject to the invasive species. Local swamps feed Quaboag Pond as well as inflow from the East Brookfield River, a two-mile long river that heads at the Lake Lashaway Dam, and Quacumquasit Pond (South Pond) to its south. Some documents do not acknowledge the existence of the East Brookfield River and instead refer to this waterway as the Seven Mile River. This is unfortunate because it is the Five Mile River that the Lake Lashaway Dam impounds creating Lake Lashaway, which feeds this river, not the Seven Mile. Quaboag Pond is part of the Chicopee River Watershed and it drains into the Quaboag River. Residential development is moderate with several year-round homes and summer cottages. Half of the northern shoreline is bordered by Shore Road, while the remaining half is clustered with cottages and houses. About 2/3 of the eastern shore is developed, in contrast to the practically undeveloped western shoreline. Fishing, boating, and swimming are all popular.

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

Fishing Comments: Popular ice fishing pond.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Golden Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: Boats can be launched at the north end of the pond off Shore Road. There is a paved launching ramp and parking space for 50 cars.
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Shoreline Development: 50-75%