Fort Pond

Last Updated: 4/2016
       Fort Pond is managed as cold water fishery for trout. An occasional large brown trout is reported from this pond. Although a six-pound largemouth bass was taken during the survey, few fish of this size are present. However, bass in the 8"-12" size range were very numerous. A good population of yellow perch with many in the 9"-11" size range makes this pond a good bet for ice fishing.


         Fort Pond is an average size two-story pond located in Lancaster.  The shoreline is 90% developed with year round houses, camps and cottages. Aquatic weeds are scant except in some of the coves.
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Distance around lake:   mile

Nearest Address:  
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Position:  42-31.23 N 71-41.43 W
USGS Map: Ayer, MA
Boat access is available at a public ramp off of Fort Pond Road. Shoreline access is limited to the area immediately adjacent to the ramp. 
Physical Features:
  • Area:                 76 acres
  • Max depth:        45 feet
  • Average Depth: 30 feet
  • Transparency:   10 feet
  • Terrain Type:  Houses, Camps, Cottages
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1994
  •  12 species : including the following: largemouth bass, chain pickerel, rainbow trout, brown trout, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, white sucker, rainbow smelt and American eel. The most abundant gamefish are the largemouth bass and the most abundant panfish are the yellow perch.  

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 2.7 miles, 1 minutes):
From Exit 35 of Route 2 - Leominster/Lunenburg

  1. If traveling west on Route 2, exit immediately onto Fort Pond Road and enter the boat ramp.
  2. If traveling east on Route 2, after the exit ramp, turn north on Route 70 passing under Route 2.
  3. At mile 0.2, turn right onto Fort Pond Road.
  4. ​At mile 0.3, turn left immediaterly to boat ramp.
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