Sugden Reservoir

Last Updated: 8/2016
      Trout are stocked in the spring for early season anglers. Largemouth and smallmouth bass can be found in good numbers. Quality panfish can also be found in summer and winter. Expect the heaviest pressure in late April through early May when interest in trout is at its peak. There are several other stocked trout ponds in close proximity to Sugden, a fact that should help disperse pressure. 

       About 80% of the shoreline has been developed with seasonal and year-round dwellings. Fishing, swimming, sailing and water skiing are popular activities. 

Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       2.1 miles
Nearest Address:  
 172 Donnelly Cross Road, Spencer, MA 01562
Position: 42-16.40 N 71-57.70 W
 USGS Map: Worcester North, MA
Boats can be launched from a gravel ramp located off Donnelly Cross Road at the northeast corner of the lake. The ramp is situated at the end of a shallow cove which somewhat restricts the size of boats that can be launched. Parking space is available for about 12 vechicles. Shore access is limited to the area adjacent to the dam and remaining undeveloped shoreline not posted to trespassing.  
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  83 acres
  • Max depth:         21 feet
  • Average Depth:  11 feet
  • Transparency:      7 feet
  • Terrain Type:  Homes 80% of shoreline, some woods, dam.
Fish Population
  • Last survey - 2008
  • 11 species: largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, chain pickerel, black crappie, yellow and white perch, bluegills, pumpkinseed, white sucker and brown bullhead. 

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 15.5 miles, 22 minutes):
From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. After the tollbooths, head southwest on I-84.
  2. At mile 0.9, take exit 3A to merge onto Route 20 East/Charlton Road toward Charlton.
  3. At mile 3.3, at stop light, turn left onto Route 49 North.
  4. At mile 10.9, turn right onto Route 9 East Main Street.
  5. At mile 14.3, turn left onto Donnelly Road
  6. At mile 14.6, turn right onto Donnelly Cross Road.
  7. At mile 15.5, arrive at dirt road right turn to boat ramp and parking.  There is currently not sign to indicate the boat ramp.  Travel about 0.3 miles to the end of the dirt road.

Sugden Reservoir Association


For more information go to the website: 
Sugden Reservoir Association
State Pond Map