Hallockville Pond

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Last Updated: 1/2016
Fishing
       Recreational usage of this pond is low. The chain pickerel, representing the only gamefish here, are of small average size and not particularly abundant. This is a nice pond to fish with worms on warm summer evenings; however, as the bullheads are usually cooperative and the surroundings are pleasant. The abundant population of yellow perch also attracts some angling interest, particularly from those who enjoy working a jig stick at first ice. 
 
Description
           Aquatic vegetation is common, particularly in the southern half of the pond, and transparency is fair to good. The bottom is composed primarily of gravel overlain by silt.
         Since the pond is located entirely within the Hawley State Forest, shoreline development is minimal and access for shore fishermen is unlimited. Boat access is poor, however, being limited to canoes and car top boats that can be carried from the parking area at the pond’s northern end to the informal launching site at the dam.  

STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       1.1 miles
USGS Map: Ashfield, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:  73 Hallockville Rd, Plainfield, MA 01070

Boat Launch: car top launch only.
Position:  42-32.39 N 72-57.50 W
 
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  25 acres
  • Max depth:          10 feet
  • Average Depth:    7 feet
  • Transparency:       fair to good
  • Terrain Type: State Park, Woods
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1980
  • 5 species : chain pickerel, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead and golden shiner. 
   
Put-In/Take-Out (27.1 miles, about 49 minutes)
  • Take Interstate 91 north.
  • Take Exit 19 in Northampton and follow Route 9 West for 17.5 miles through Northampton, Florence, Williamsburg, Goshen.
  • At mile 17.5, turn right onto Shaw Road. (The road becomes Willcutt Road and then Cummington Road.) Follow it to the end.
  • At mile 20.6, when the road ends, turn left on Route 116 North, Plainfield Road.
  • Follow Route 116 through Plainfield passing the Town Hall and White Church on right.
  • At mile 26.1, turn right on Route 8A North (Charlemont).
  • At mile 27.1, arrive at the park entrance near the spillway.  Enter the park and park your vehicle to the left.  Launch off the grass area.

Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest
       Located within Hawley, Plainfield and Savoy, the 7,882 acre northern hardwood and spruce-fir forest offers 35 miles of mixed-use trails, six miles of hiking trails and one mile interpretive trail around Hallockville Pond. Discover an abundance of historic sites including cellar holes from the abandoned village of South Hawley; Moody Springs; a rare fieldstone "beehive" charcoal kiln; and remains of mill complex at Hallockville Pond.
Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest
Trail Map
State Pond Map
THE STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
MISSION
      SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire life-long stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

   The Massachusetts Student Conservation Association AmeriCorps (SCA) program is headquartered at Hallockville Pond. For more information on the SCA program call (413) 339-6631 or click below:
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