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Last Updated: 4/2016
Fishing
           There is no State information published on fishing.  One website said it is stocked three times each year with trout.  I cannot confirm this.
 
Description
      This is considered a great pond based on the 1996 waterways program study.
       This 168-acre impoundment is owned by Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and is the largest pond in Sheffield. It is part of the Three Mile Pond Wildlife Management Area which is 1065.7 acres in size.  Located in the northeast uplands of Town, there are a few private homes on the eastern and western shores. DFW manages this resource for public access and wildlife habitat. The swamp at the upper end has been used by Great Blue heron as a rookery.
      This pond can be filled with weeds late in the season.  I suggest paddling it in early spring for the greatest access.
      One of the best things about this pond is the sense of wildness you get as you paddling around.  Often you will find yourself the only person on the pond.  This can be a real plus when fishing or seeking quiet time observing wildlife.
 
North End
      This end is primarily bordered by wetlands.  Access close to shore can be difficult but wildlife viewing is excellent.  Exploring the Ironwork stream coming in at the north is nearly impossible by boat.
 
South End
      This shore is dominated by a earthen dam and a couple of swampy islands.  Water moves under the dam to a small stream.  On the southwest are a few homes that can just be seen by a paddler.
STATISTICS

Skill Level:             Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 to 2 hour
Total Distance:      2.5 miles
USGS Map:            Great Barrington, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:  361 Brush Hill Rd, Sheffield, MA 01257

Boat Launch:         Car top launch. No motors allowed.
Position:     42-08.80 N 73-18.82 W

Physical Features:
  • Area:               168 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Wetlands, only a few homes
Fish Population
  • Unknown!  No survey found.
   
Put In and Take Out: (18.3 miles, about 32 minutes)
  • From Interstate 90, Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 2 Lee, MA
  • After tollbooths, turn left at light and pass under highway.
  • Turn immediately right on Route 102 West and follow to Stockbridge.
  • At mile 4.7, turn left on Route 7 South.  The Red Lion Inn is on the corner.
  • Follow Route 7 South, passing Monument Mountain Regional High School, travel down hill until is flattens out, passing many stores, over the Housatonic River on to Main Street in Great Barrington, through town.
  • At mile 13.0, after passing a fair grounds on your left and Big Y shopping area on your right, turn left on Brookside Road
  • Pass over the Housatonic River and past Eisner Camp on left.  Continue straight.
  • The road becomes Brush Hill Road and then Home Road as you pass into the town of Sheffield.
  • At mile 17.0, turn left on to Brush Hill Road, Sheffield.
  • This road becomes an unimproved dirt road.
  • At mile 18.3 arrive at the put-in.
 
Boat Launch
       There is a parking area off Brush Hill Road on the left or you can turn right to the put-in area.  You may need an all-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle to navigate to the shoreline.  I recommend using the parking area and carrying your boat if you have a standard vehicle.​​
    
Boat Ramp (of sorts)
The town Sheffield has never attempted to improve this launch area.  Twenty years ago it was in the same condition and continues to this day. (4/11/16)
The BLUE line going around the pond indicates the actual size of the pond.  
Refer to Google Earth for a more accurate view.