Richmond Pond, MA


Richmond Pond

Town(s): Pittsfield MA, Richmond MA
County: Berkshire

Size: 226 acres
Average Depth: 18 feet
Maximum Depth: 53 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

The town of Richmond retains its rustic charm through progressive zoning bylaws and a newly-enacted local wetland bylaw. Richmond Pond is a 226 acre raised natural pond with a town beach and state boat ramp. Primarily residential, with many part-time residents from Boston and NYC, Richmond has just a few small businesses and several orchards and farms. Richmond Pond fills a depression scraped from the limestone-and-marble bedrock by advancing glaciers thousands of years ago. It lies at about 1,100 feet elevation in a narrow valley just east of the Taconic Mountains that rise to about 1,700 feet near the pond. To the west the elevated ridge of Lenox Mountain climbs to an elevation of about 2,000 feet.

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

Fishing Comments: State stocks pond with trout every spring. Shorefishing can be done on the west shoreline via the rail trail.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Golden Shiner, White Sucker, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: The Office of Fishing & Boating Access owns a concrete ramp on the west shore. Better for shallow draft trailer boats.
Parking Spaces: 21-40

Directions: Mass Pie to Lee exit 2, Route 20W, left on Barker Road, access road is 100 yards past Bartlett Orchard, look for signs.
Shoreline Development: 25-50%