Long Pond

Last Updated: 6/2016
       Long Pond is a good bet for Largemouth Bass and for those who are searching for bullheads of “eating size.” Long Pond has produced trophy-sized Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, Brook Trout, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Smallmouth Bass, and Tiger Trout through the Division’s Freshwater Sportfishing Award Program. Most fishing pressure is directed at trout. Due to the excellent access, the pond can get quite crowded with boats during the peak of spring trout fishing. To avoid the crowds during this period, try to fish here on a weekday.

      Long Pond is a Great Pond which is actually composed of three ponds. The southern section is the largest and deepest. Aquatic vegetation is abundant around the shallow area just south of Rt. 122. The middle basin sits between Rt. 122 and 122A.  A culvert, impassable to boat traffic, connects the middle pond to the southern pond. Aquatic weeds are abundant here as depth seldom exceeds a couple of feet.  Similar in character to the middle pond, the north pond is shallow and weedy.

​Rutland State Forest

Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    2.5 hour
Total Distance:       5.9 miles
Total Area:           155 acres
Nearest Address:   
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North Culvert Roadside - 42-21.83 N 71-59.42 W
South Boat Ramp - 42-21.51 N 71-59.55 W
USGS Map:  Worcester North, MA
A large paved boat ramp (71°59'33"W 42°21'30"N) is located directly off the highway and is adjacent to a spacious parking area capable of accommodating 50+ vehicles. Shoreline access is excellent at all three ponds. Informal dirt road access leads to the water’s edge about mid-way along the middle pond off the northbound lane of Rt. 122.

Physical Features:
  •  North Section -
    • Area: 34 acres
    • Max Depth: 9 feet
    • Avg Depth: 4 feet

  • Middle Section -
    • Area: 40 acres
    • Max Depth: 8 feet
    • Avg Depth: 3 feet

  • South Section -
    • Area:  81 acres
    • Max Depth: 25 feet
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Fish Population
  • Last survey Unknown
  • 15 species:  Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Brown Bullheads, White Suckers, Golden Shiners, and Stocked Brown, Brook, and Rainbow trout.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions (21.1  miles, 28 minutes):
From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. After the tollbooths, head southwest on I-84.
  2. At mile 1.1, take exit 3A to merge onto Route 20 East/Charlton Road toward Charlton.
  3. At mile 3.4, at stop light, turn left onto Route 49 North.
  4. At mile 10.9, turn left onto Route 9 East Main Street.
  5. At mile 11.2, just after the McDonalds and at the stop light, turn left onto Meadow Road.
  6. At mile 12.8, at the stop sign, turn left onto Route 31 North.
  7. At mile 17.1, turn left onto Barclay Road/Rockland Street. (Treasure Valley Camping sign)
  8. At mile 18.2, just after Treasure Valley Scout Reservation, the road becomes Pleasantdale Road.
  9. At mile 20.0, at the flashing red light, turn left onto Route 122.
  10. Cross over a causeway and at mile 21.1, turn left into the Long  Pond Boat Ramp - Rutland State Park.

Rutland State Park

       The park office is located off of Rte 122 near the Long Pond Boat ramp. The Recreation Area is located off of Rte 122A in mid-central Massachusetts.
      Rutland State Park is a 300 acre recreation area with developed facilities for fresh water swimming, picnicking and boating. At Whitehall Pond, there is a swimming beach and adjacent picnic area.

Daily Parking Fee: $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle

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