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Last Updated: 5/2017
Fishing
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Description
   
NORTH POND:
      A gravel boat ramp at the north end of the pond next to beach is available for launching.  There is plenty of parking, changing rooms for swimmers, and rest rooms available.
 
SOUTH POND:
      Thanks to the surrounding state forest, the shoreline of this pond is 100% accessible. There is no boat launching facility, but anglers who can stand a short portage will have no problem launching a canoe. The only competition for the lake comes from swimmers who utilize the adjacent campground.
 
BOG POND:
     No published information.  We have not hiked into this pond.
 
BURNETT POND:  
     This wilderness pond requires a walk with your boat to access it.  You will be rewarded with a earthen dam and spillway near the launch site.  Not a single structure can be had and most likely you will have this beautiful pond to yourself.
 
SOUTH POND:
      The water is clean and accessible for campers. Unfortunately this is a highly acidic pond in a watershed that has little natural buffering capacity. Survival is very difficult for fish under these conditions. The two hardy species of pan fish are persisting, but their density is very low due to the acidity, which results in poor growth rates and limited productivity.
   
A Brief History of Savoy
    Savoy began its existence within the Massachusetts Colony as part of "Northern Berkshire Township #6", which included the present-day towns of Adams, North Adams, Cheshire and Lanesborough. The land was auctioned off several times before it was finally purchased by Colonel William Bullock of Rehoboth. (Rehoboth is a historic town in Bristol County, MA. Established in 1643, Rehoboth is one of the oldest towns in Massachusetts.)
      Savoy, or "New Seconk" as it was originally called by its inhabitants, was first settled in 1777 by a group led by Colonel Lemuel Hathaway. The town was officially incorporated in 1797, and was supposedly named for the land's resemblance to the Duchy of Savoy in France. The town started off with a grazing agrarian industry, before several lumber mills took off in town. The town was very diverse religiously, with several faiths practicing by the mid-19th century. Today the town is mostly a quiet rural community, known for its scenery and natural beauty.  
 
 

STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    4 hour - One hour each
Total Distance:       3.6 miles
USGS Map: North Adams, MA-VT, Cheshire, MA   
   
Boat Launches:
  • North Pond:
    Position: 42-39.20 N 73-03.18 W
    Address: 430 Central Shaft Road, Savoy, MA 01256
    Distance: 0.7 miles

    Launch: An excellent paved boat ramp is available at the north end of the pond.

  • South Pond:
    Walk in down trail.
    Position: 42-38.66 N 73-02.83 W
    Address: Campground Road near sites 17 and 18
    Distance: 1.0 mile
    Launch:  This pond is available only to campers.  Take the trail between the sites and carry down to a very small beach to launch.

     
  • Bog Pond:
    Position: 42-38.44 N 73-02.00 W
    Address: Bog Pond Road, Savoy, MA 01256
    Distance: 1.0 mile

  • Launch:  Since the dirt road is closed to all traffic, this pond is nearly inaccessable to only the hardy who choose a long portage.
     
  • Burnett Pond:
    Position: 42-37.06 N 73-02.60 W
    Address: 315 New State Road, Savoy, MA 01256 
    Distance: 0.9 miles
  • Launch: It is possible to drive all the way to the launch site next to the dam with a 4wd vehicle if the gate is open.  Otherwise park and carry your boat down hill about 0.2 miles.
 
South Pond Physical Features:
  • Area:                   25 acres
  • Max depth:         10 feet
  • Average Depth:   7 feet
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, City Park
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1978
  • 2 species:    pumpkinseed and brown bull head  

Put In and Take Out: (35 miles, 1 hr. 4 min.)
From US Route 90, Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 2:
  • After the tollbooths turn right at the stoplight.
  • Follow Route 20 West through the town of Lee to Lenox.
  • At mile 3.6, Route 7 North merges in at stoplight and the road becomes divided with two lanes each way.
  • At mile 6.8, turn right on Holmes Road.
  • At mile 10.7, turn right at stoplight onto Williams Street.
  • At mile 12.8, at the end of Williams Street is Berkshire Organics, turn left onto Dalton Division Street.
  • At mile 14.4, at stoplight, turn right onto South Street.
  • At mile 16.3, at the end and stoplight, turn right onto Main Street Dalton. This is also Route 9 East.
  • At mile 17.4, turn left continuing on Route 9 East and 8A North.
  • At mile 23.7, near Windsor Center, turn left following 8A North toward Savoy.
  • At mile 28.1, at the stop sign, turn right on Route 8A North and Route 116 East toward Plainfield and Charlemont.
  • At mile 28.6, turn left Center Road.
  • At mile 31.5, turn right on Adams Road and then immediately left on New State Road and continue North.
  • At mile 33.2, at the end of the road, turn right onto Bog Pond Road.
  • Put In and Take Out: (9.4 miles, 19 min.)
 
From Route 2 Intersection where Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds in North Adams are:
  • Follow Route 2 East
  • At mile 3.5, you will be at the “Hair Pin Turn”, continue climbing on Route 2 East.
  • At mile 5.0, turn right onto Central Shaft Road. There is a State Park Sign.
  • Pass Phelps Road on left.  Strykers Road will come in on right.
  • At mile 7.1 turn right to stay on Central Shaft Road. (South County Road is straight.)
  • Continue to State Park and ponds at mile 9.4.

Wikipedia
Savoy Mountain State Park
           Savoy Mountain State Forest makes it easy to leave the everyday world behind. Scenic North and South Ponds, with wooded edges and hills rising in the distance, offer tranquil places to fish, picnic and swim. 45 campsites and 1 group site are located in an old apple orchard. Four log cabins overlook South Pond, available for year-round rental.
       Over 50 miles of wooded trails invite year-round recreational access to spectacular natural features. Hike the Bog Pond Trail, with its floating bog islands. Or climb up Spruce Hill on the Busby Trail for breathtaking views, especially during fall foliage and hawk migration. Be sure to visit Tannery Falls (and nearby Parker Brook Falls), where Ross Brook flows through a deep chasm, and then cascades over 50 feet to a clear pool below.
Park History
      Savoy Mountain State Forest is located atop the Hoosac Mountain Range in northwestern Massachusetts. The Hoosac Range is an extension of the Green Mountains of Vermont, and is the first mountain barrier encountered rising west of the Connecticut River Valley. "Hoosac" is an Algonquin word meaning, place of stones. Settlement of these remote towns of Florida and Savoy by farmers began in the early 19th century. The construction of the Hoosac Tunnel (1851-75) for railroad transportation created a momentary population boom. After its completion the tunnel workers left. Many moved down in the valley to Adams or North Adams to work in the woolen mills, or headed west to join in the great land rush for better farmland. Savoy Mountain State Forest was created in 1918 with the purchase of 1,000 acres of this abandoned farmland. During the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reforested much of this area with Norway and Blue Spruce, and built new concrete dams at Bog, Burnett and Tannery Ponds to replace older dams. Today, apple trees interspersed throughout the campground and stonewalls are some reminders of the once vibrant farming history.
Savoy Mountain State Park
State Pond Map
Hoosac Tunnel
      The Hoosac Tunnel (also called Hoosic or Hoosick Tunnel) is a 4.75-mile active railroad tunnel in western Massachusetts that passes through the Hoosac Range, an extension of Vermont's Green Mountains. Work began in 1851 with an estimated cost of $2 million and ended in 1875 with a total cost of $21 million.  At its completion, the tunnel was the world's second-longest, after the 8.5-mile Mont Cenis Tunnel through the French Alps. It was the longest tunnel in North America until the 1916 completion of the Connaught Tunnel under Rogers Pass in British Columbia, and remains the longest active transportation tunnel east of the Rocky Mountains.
      The tunnel runs in a straight line from its east portal, along the Deerfield River in the town of Florida, to its west portal in the town of North Adams. It remains an active freight rail line, owned by Pan Am Railways and operating without a schedule. "No Trespassing" signs are posted throughout the area and it is illegal to enter the tunnel or walk on the railroad tracks without permission. The tunnel is frequently monitored by Boston & Maine Police. Trespassing in the tunnel or on railroad property may result in arrest, injury, or death.



        If you want the complete story of the tunnel, consider reading the book  "A Pinprick Of Light" by Carl R Byron.

            Click on the website below whick strives to be the most robust source of Hoosac Tunnel information on the Internet. The owner has been collecting data and photographs, as well as going on adventures for more then 5 years. Now the archive is available to all.
Wikipedia
Hoosac Tunnel
Burnett Pond Parking for about 4 vehicles
Burnett Pond Approach carry, mucky in Spring
North Pond Boat Ramp
A view of Burnett Pond from Dam
North Pond view looking South
Trail to South Pond Beach
A view of South Pond with Small Beach across the way