Quacumquasit Pond aka South Pond

Last Updated: 3/2016
      The lake has historically registered about 22% of its volume as trout water.  South Pond is stocked each spring with 12+ inch rainbow trout, and 12+ inch brown trout.
         Considerable fishing pressure is exerted towards catching trout from mid-April through the end of June. The clear water and lack of good hiding cover does not produce specacular bass fishing, hence most interest is for trout.  Ice fishing is popular also, primarily for trout, yellow perch, white perch, pickerel and occasionally a northern pike, which may have strayed into Quacumquasit from nearby Quaboag Pond. A few northerns have been caught here in excess of 30 pounds. The pond has acquired a reputation for producing lunker crappie, brown trout and pike, but ice fishing action is generally quite slow. Be prepared to put in plenty of hours for the occasional big fish. 

      Lake Quacumquasit, commonly known as South Pond. The water is clear and of good quality.  Aquatic weeds are distributed intermittently along most of the shoreline. At the northern end, where Quacumquasit connects with Quaboag, water milfoil, pickerelweed, juncus, and pipewort are common.
       The shoreline is about 80% developed with year-round homes and summer cottages. Power boating, water skiing, sailing, and fishing are all popular at this attractive pond

Diversity in Paddling
      This paddle can be combined with the Quaboag River and/or the Brookfield River, Lake Lashaway, Quacumquasit Pond, and Wickaboag Pond.  We particularly enjoy paddling here because of all the flexibility available to the paddler.  If you want some place where you can explore a region on multiple days then this is a real opportunity.
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1.5 hour
Total Distance:      3.4 miles
Nearest Address:  
143 Lake Rd, Brookfield, MA 01506
Position:  42-10.85 N 72-04.38 W
USGS Map: Warren, MA  
A paved, public boat ramp is located at the north end off Lake Road. The adjacent parking lot can accommodate about 15 cars. Across the road from the parking lot is a public swimming area.
Physical Features:
  • Area:                223 acres
  • Max depth:         72 feet
  • Average Depth:  32.5 feet
  • Transparency:    12 to 15 feet
  • Terrain Type:   Wooded, Homes
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1995
  • 17 species:  13 species, including a rainbow trout from the spring stocking. Gamefish present includes largemouth bass, chain pickerel and trout. Yellow perch, white perch, pumpkinseed, bluegill and black crappie represented Panfish. Additional species present include white sucker, yellow bullhead, brown bullhead, killifish, golden shiner and landlocked alewives.  Brown trout have displayed high growth rates in recent years since the advent of the alewives, and this lake has now been designated a Special Brown Trout Water.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 6.6 miles, 12 minutes):
From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
After the tollbooths, head southwest on I-84.
  1. At mile 0.8, Take exit 3B to merge onto Route 20 West toward Route 131/Sturbridge/Palmer.
  2. At mile 1.4, turn right onto New Boston Road.
  3. At mile 5.6 the road becomes West Sturbridge Road.
  4. At mile 6.1, go left to continue on South Pond Road
  5. The pond will appear on your left and at mile 6.6 arrive at the boat ramp.

Boat Ramp
State Pond Map
Boat Ramp
Short Dam under road bridge
Portage for Car Top Boats