Browning Pond

Last Updated: 4/2016
          Browning Pond is stocked with rainbow, brown, and brook trout in the spring and fall. An excellent largemouth bass and chain pickerel population are present and many large specimens were observed during the sampling. 

          Located in Oakham and Spencer, this 89 acre great pond may be reached off of Browning Pond Road. Although the water is dark colored, a moderately high transparency of 10 feet is usual. Aquatic vegetation and fallen trees proved cover and are scattered along the shoreline and in the northern cove. 
      Aquatic vegetation and fallen trees provide cover and are scattered along the shoreline and in the northern cove. There is an old abandoned mine shaft that was used for mining copper. It can be found with the proper gear in the middle of the pond. There are also sunken rowboats and sailboats as well.
         Browning Pond is fed from numerous small-unnamed brooks and extended wetlands that run from Paxton and Rutland on the north and Oakham on west. 

Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       2.3 miles
Nearest Address:   
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Position:  42-18.49 N 71-59.91 W
USGS Map:  Worcester North, MA and North Brookfield, MA
A public boat ramp is located on Boy Scout property on Browning Pond Road. This is a gravel ramp and the parking is limited to about five cars. Shore access is limited to the Browning Pond Road frontage and the Mid-state trail along portions of the western shore. 

Physical Features:
  • Area:                106 acres
  • Max depth:         42 feet
  • Average Depth:  16 feet
  • Transparency:    10 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded
Fish Population
  • Last survey 2007
  • 8 species:  A fish population composed of largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, brown trout, as well as various shiners and “minnows”. 

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 17.4 miles, 24 minutes):
From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. After the tollbooths, head southwest on I-84.
  2. At mile 1.0, take exit 3A to merge onto Route 20 East/Charlton Road toward Charlton.
  3. At mile 3.3, at stop light, turn left onto Route 49 North.
  4. At mile 10.7, turn right onto Route 9 West, Main Street.
  5. At mile 11.1, turn left onto Meadow Road.
  6. At mile 12.5, turn left onto Route 31 North.
  7. At mile 16.7, turn left onto Browning Pond Road.
  8. At mile 17.4, arrive at gravel launch on right.

Saint Joseph's Abbey
The Trappist Monks
        North of the town of Spencer, Massachusetts, at the crest of a steeply sloping hill blanketed in oak, maple and pine, but bared in part by farmed meadows and broad pasturelands, rests Saint Joseph’s Abbey, a cloistered Roman Catholic monastery of monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, popularly known as Trappists. Set apart from the actions and trends of most of their neighbors, they live a contemplative life, dedicating themselves to the praise and worship of God in a hidden life within their monastery. Following Saint Benedict’s sixth century Rule for Monasteries, the monks live in silence and solitude, in prayer and penitence, thus rendering God “a service that is at once humble and noble.” Since the brothers are of one heart and one mind, they have everything in common for the monastery is a school of love.
Visit the Abbey
        The Abbey is open every day for all who may wish to visit and pray with us. The two visitors chapels of the Abbey church are open throughout the day and for all the services, the Offices, as well as the morning Mass. Our small retreat house near the Abbey church offers retreats for men and women for a week’s duration or for a weekend. On Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30 PM a short video presentation about the monastery is shown in the reception room adjacent to the Abbey church.
         Our own Trappist jams and jellies as well as a fine selection of religious books and other gifts are available at the Abbey bookshop located at the entrance to the property. This bookshop is open from 9:30 to 5:00 Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 4:30 on Sundays.
           Don't forget to try the Trappist Ale!
        Located only 2 miles from the Browning Pond Launch at 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA 01562
Call  at 508-885-8700
The Abbey
State Pond Map
Treasure Valley Scout Reservation
Boy Scouts of Americal Mohegan Council
       Treasure Valley Scout Reservation (TVSR) is a beautiful 1,600 acre woodland camp that offers over 70 miles of hiking/biking trails, a variety of eco-systems and wildlife habitats, and a nocturnal view of the solar system that will inspire the imagination. In 2015 TVSR celebrated its 90th summer! We are excited for the future and another 90 years of scouting fun!
The entrance to the reservation is at 394 Pleasantdale Road in Rutland MA. The reservation itself spans the towns of Rutland, Paxton, and Oakham, and Spencer. To make reservations, contact the Council Office at (508) 752-3769.
       “Treasure Valley East”, on the eastern side of Browning Pond, home to our Boy Scout Resident Camp. There are many campsites complete with solar powered lighting systems courtesy of Worcester Polytechnical Institute, several shooting sports ranges, the Carr Waterfront, and many other program areas.
       “Treasure Valley West”, on the western side of the pond, caters primarily to Cub Scouts. Cub Scout Day Camp is setup on this side with a complete waterfront area, shooting sports ranges, and the new Adventure Area which includes our very popular Ga-Ga Pit!
         The West Side is our larger side complete with miles of trails including the Mid-State trail and Sampson’s Pebble, a popular landmark just off of our property, located at the junction of several trails.