Upper Mystic Lake


Upper Mystic Lake

Town(s): Medford MA, Arlington MA, Winchester MA
County: Middlesex

Size: 200 acres
Average Depth: 40 feet
Maximum Depth: 85 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Gas Engines Prohibited, Horsepower or Speed Restrictions, See Comments
Boating Comments: Electric motors only.
Swimming: Unknown

The Mystic Lakes, consisting of Upper Mystic Lake and Lower Mystic Lake, are closely-linked bodies of water in the northwestern suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Upper Mystic Lake is fed by the Aberjona River, and drains south into Lower Mystic Lake, which in turn empties into the Mystic River and thence Boston Harbor. The shoreline is only moderately developed with homes and boating clubs. The east and south shores are fully protected as park land by the DCR. There was an old report on the internet about the Upper Mystic Lake suffering from contamination by arsenic and other heavy metals from the Aberjona River.

Water Quality: Unknown
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species:

Fishing Comments: Above average growth rate for many of the species.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Carp, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: A nice paved ramp is located off the Parkway East near the south outlet. Can get crouded. Used by local sailing teams.
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Directions: Route 93 to Route 16W on Mystic Valley Parkway, right on Route 60, left on Mystic Valley Parkway East, follow north to lake.
Shoreline Development: 25-50%