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Last Updated: 4/2017
 Fishing
       There is extensive aquatic weed growth at Hopedale Pond, a potentially troublesome problem for the fisherman during the mid-summer. Bass fishing should be easier and probably more productive during the spring and into early summer before the weeds take over. Ice fishing for chain pickerel should be productive, as well as overall fishing for panfish species. Large white catfish are also caught here regularly. 

Description
      This fertile warm water pond is located about one mile northwest of the junctions of Routes 140 and 16. There are several good access points, but a gravel ramp provided by the Town of Hopedale and located off Park Street is an excellent place to start.
     Watercolor here tends to be rather brown. The depth averages about five feet pretty much throughout the pond. The Town of Hopedale owns the entire eastern shore and northern two-thirds of the western shore. Many trails and footpaths on the eastern shore provide excellent access for shore fishing.


STATISTICS
Skill Level:       - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1.5 hour
Total Distance:       4.1 miles
Nearest Address:   
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Position:  42-08.12 N 71-32.67 W
USGS Map: Milford, MA  
Access: 
Boat access is available on a gravel ramp provided by the
Town of Hopedale.  There is still a bath house from many years ago.  Roadside parking.

Physical Features:
  • Area:           87.9 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:  5 feet
  • Transparency:       feet
  • Terrain Type: Homes, Woods and trails owned by town.
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1981
  • 10 species:  yellow perch, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, golden shiners, chain pickerel, yellow bullheads, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullheads and American eel. White catfish are also known to be present.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 11.3 miles, 17 minutes):
From Exit 11 Interstate 495 of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. After the tollbooths, continue onto Interstate 495 South.
  2. At mile 7.5, take Exit 20 for Route 85 toward Milford/Hopkinton
  3. At mile 7.7, turn right onto Route 85 South/Cedar Street (signs for Milford)
  4. At mile 7.9, turn right onto Dilla Street. (Wendys on the corner)
  5. At mile 8.9, at stop light, turn left onto Purchase Street.
  6. At mile 9.0, turn right onto Fountain Street.
  7. At mile 9.9, at stop sign, turn left onto Highland Street. 
  8. At mile 10.6, at stop light, turn right onto West Street.
  9. A short distance turn left onto Freedom Street.
  10. At mile 10.9, turn right onto Northrop Street.
  11. At mile 11.3, continue onto Hopedale Street.
  12. Arrive immediately at the launch area on right.


HOPEDALE, MASSACHUSETTS
Hopedale
          The site was started in 2002, shortly after the publication of Images of America: Hopedale, to relate more of the history of Hopedale, Massachusetts. In 1842, Utopian socialist commune was established here in a section of Milford called The Dale. The commune failed in 1856, and its assets were taken over by the major stockholders of the Community, Ebenezer and George Draper. The companies they established eventually evolved into the Draper Corporation, at one time the world's largest manufacturer of automatic cotton looms. In 1886 the village separated from Milford to become an independent  town. Hopedale has an area of only five square miles, a population of about 6,000 and is located in the Blackstone Valley in south-central Massachusetts.
           The history surrounding the pond is amazing.  I could never do it justice.  You should read it by selecting the button below:
Hopedale Pond
State Pond Map