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Last Updated: 2/2016
 Fishing
           South Spectacle Pond in park of Quabbin land and is regulated by those regulations.
            North Spectacle Pond is a pond owned by the town of New Salem.
 
Description
          We have not yet paddled these ponds.  I did  contact the town of New Salem and their email indicated that roadside launching was the only available access.
 
Watershed
         These ponds are not part of the watershed of Quabbin Reservoir.  Specifically, water flows from Bassett Pond to South Spectacle Pond then into North Spectacle Pond via Bow Brook. From there the water flows from North Spectacle Pond into Lake Rohunta then into the Millers River in Orange MA and finally, into the Connecticut River in Montague, MA where the French King Bridge crosses the Connecticut River.
 
NOTE:  We did not include Bassett Pond simply because it is so difficult to launch a boat.  The roads are not open to vehicles.  You can walk in and fish there.
 
 
 
    
    
STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    2 hour
Total Distance       3.8 miles
North Spectacle  1.1 Miles
Bow Brook          0.7 miles
South Spectacle 2.0 miles
USGS Map: Orange, MA (7.5’x15’)

Fish Population:
Unknown
 
North and South Spectacle Ponds
Launch Address:   Bow Brook Put-In
0.1 miles east of the intersection of Route 122 and Blackinton Road, New Salem, MA 01355
Position:   42-31.15 N 72-16.66 W
Boat Launch: 
Roadside car top put-in. Park 0.1 miles west on Route 122 on side road.

North Spectacle Pond only
Launch Address:   
Sweezy Lane, New Salem, MA 01355
100 yards down Route 122 from the intersection of Route 122 and Sweezy Lane
Position:  42-31.11 N 72-16.17 W
Boat Launch: 
Roadside launch at pull over.
 
Physical Features:
North Spectacle Pond
  • Area:                  42.9 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: woods, wetland, 6 homes on northside.

South Spectacle Pond
  • Area:                  37.9 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: woods, wetland, Quabbin land but not Quabbin Watershed.
North and South Spectacle Ponds:
From Route 2 - Exit 16 – ( 3.9 miles, 5 minutes)
From Exit 16 of Route 2 Orange, MA:
  1. Come off the exit and turn  onto Route 202 South (Daniel Shays Highway), toward Amherst/Belchertown.
  2. At mile 1.9, turn left onto Route 122 toward Petersham/Barre.
  3. At mile 3.7, pass the intersection of Blackinton Road.
  4. At mile 3.9, stop where Route 122 passes over Bow Brook. Launch here and park on Blackinton Road 0.2 miles away.  It is illegal to park on a state highway in Massachusetts.
 

North Spectacle Pond Only:
From Route 2 - Exit 16 – ( 4.3 miles, 6 minutes)

From Exit 16 of Route 2 Orange, MA:
Follow steps 1 to 3 above and then:
  1. At mile 4.3, stop where there is a pull over on your left (north side of the road).  This is about 100 yards before left turn for Sweezy Lane.  Launch here.