Big Alum Pond

Last Updated: 4/2016
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       3.0 miles
Nearest Address:   
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Position:  42-08.05 N 72-07.10 W
USGS Map: Warren, MA  
The southern end has a paved public boat ramp and parking lot for 20 cars. Access for shore fishing is somewhat limited because of the number of private dwellings.

Physical Features:
  • Area:                198 acres
  • Max depth:         45 feet
  • Average Depth:  23 feet
  • Transparency:    17 feet
  • Terrain Type: Homes surround the entire pond.
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1999
  • 12 species:  including rainbow and brown trout stocked in the spring. Gamefish collected, besides the trout, included smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and chain pickerel. Panfish present included bluegills, pumpkinseeds, redbreasted sunfish, yellow perch, and brown bullheads.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 4.6 miles, 11 minutes):
From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. After the tollbooths, continue onto Interstate 84.
  2. At mile 0.8, take exit 3B to merge onto Route 20 West toward Route 131/Sturbridge/Palmer.
  3. Follow Route 20 West through Sturbridge.
  4. At mile 3.2, turn right onto Brookfield Road.
  5. At mile 3.4, turn right onto Clarke Road.
  6. At mile 4.6, pass under the Massachusetts Turnpike and then turn immediately left into the state launch area.

       Big Alum is stocked each spring with rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, and tiger trout. This attractive lake draws a considerable number of anglers interested in catching trout from mid-April through early June. Spring smallmouth bass fishing should be good, as this lake presently supports a healthy population. Trout do holdover through the summer and are caught in the fall and winter. Both rainbows and browns can be taken. For those interested in ice fishing, Big Alum also contains large chain pickerel. Jigging for yellow perch should also be productive. 

      The pH is on the acidic side at 6.4. Aquatic macrophytes present include pondweed, yellow water lily and muskgrass. The shoreline is about 80% developed with year-round homes and summer cottages. Fishing, boating, water skiing and swimming are all popular at this lake.
       The launch area is very close to homes.  There is limited parking but most boats can be launched from the paved ramp.

Big Alum Lake Association
      The Big Alum Lake Association is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization of nearly 175 member families, whose purpose is to oversee the well-being of Big Alum Lake and the surrounding watershed.  Our goal is to maintain the health and beauty of Big Alum Lake for all human and wildlife residents. 

  • Please keep voices to a whisper before 0900 A.M.
  • No water skiing between the island and north shore.
  • Equip boats with litter bags.
  • No cleaning of fish at boat ramp.
  • Power boats travelling in excess of 15 mph should circle in a counter-clockwise direction and minimum of 200 feet from shore. Likewise for skiers.
  • Equip your boat properly.  Remember lifesaving firefighting and lighting equipment are essential.
  • Divers shall haver a tube with divers flag.
  • No water skiing after sunset.
  • Power boats shall not drive between private rafts and shoreline.
  • All boats must show light(s) after sunset.
  • Boats towing skiers must have an observer/spotter besides driver.
  • Canoes, Sailboats, and Row boats have right of way.

For more information please use the link below:
State Pond Map
Boat Ramp
Parking lot