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(aka Lake Chaubunagungamaug)

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Last Updated: 9/2017
 Fishing
        Webster Lake offers an extremely diverse fishery with Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, trout, and an assortment of panfish. Trout fishing is very popular in the spring which gives way to bass and pan fish fishing in the summer. Webster Lake also has an exceptional Black Crappie population with individuals in the 1 to 2 lb range commonly reported.  Webster Lake has produced Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, bullhead, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Sunfish, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, and Tiger Trout that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Sportfishing Awards Program.

Nipmuc Indians
         The Nipmuc Indians were the first people to inhabit the area around Webster lake.  They were hunters and gatherers of the local berries, herbs and mushrooms.  They also planted the meadows with small hills of corn, beans, and squash.  A fish from the lake was buried in each hill during planting for fertilizer.

Description
        Webster Lake is a 1,278 acre great pond located just east of route 52, abutting the Connecticut border in Webster and is the state’s largest natural lake. When the lake was shallower, many years ago, horse drawn wagons crossed Middle Pond, going from the western shore across Long Island, then Strip Island, then Goat Island, then to the eastern Shore.
             The dam was originally constructed to provide water for Slater Mills, which was located at the site of the current shopping plaza at East Village Square. This raised the lake about 2 feet from its natural state.  Later, the water rights to the lake were owned by Cranston Print Works. The dam is now owned by Webster Lake Preservation LLC.
      The underwater terrain of Webster lake is quite complex, particularly in the central basin which contains deep holes, submerged plateaus, and rocky shoals all in close proximity to one another. The bottom is primarily mud and rock with areas of aquatic vegetation which are largely restricted to shallow coves. The shoreline is heavily developed and the lake receives heavy recreational use during summer.

STATISTICS
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:     at least 7 hours
Total Distance:       21.0 miles
Nearest Address:   
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South - 98 Lakeside Ave, Webster, MA
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Position:  
           North:   41-03.30 N 71-51.40 W
           South:  42-01.67 N 71-49.60 W
USGS Map: Oxford, MA
Access: 
There are two boat ramps on Webster Lake which are open to the public:

1. The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages a concrete ramp and adjacent parking area suitable for 18 trailers off of Lakeside Avenue on the southeastern shore.

2. The Town of Webster manages a double concrete ramp and large parking area at Memorial Beach off of Route 193 on the northwest shore where a parking fee is charged. Shoreline access is limited to areas adjacent to the ramps. Please contact the City of Webster or the offices of the Douglas State Forest for additional information and/or restrictions pertaining to public access of Webster Lake.

Physical Features:
  • Area: 1278 acres
  • Max Depth:     49 feet
  • Avg Depth:      15 feet
  • Transparency: 10 feet
  • USGS Map: Oxford, MA
  • Boat Launch:
         North Pond Launch - Webster Town Boat Ramp
         South Pond Launch - Paved State Boat Ramp

  • Terrain Type: Town Park, private homes, islands, rocks and deep holes.


Fish Population
  • Last survey by MassWildlife unknown
  •  species:  Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Redbreast Sunfish, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Bullhead, White Sucker, and landlocked Alewife. Trout are also stocked annually in the spring and fall.


Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( miles,  minutes):
From Exit 2 of Interstate 395
  1. At the end of the ramp head east on Main Street (Route 16 East).
  2. At mile 1.7, bear right onto Gore Road.
  3. At mile 1.9, bear slight right onto South Gore Road.
  4. At mile 3.2, turn right onto Lakeside Avenue.
  5. At mile 3.8, arrive at state boat ramp next to a small park.  Parking is directly across the street.


MEMORIAL BEACH RULES AND REGULATIONS
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM 7AM to 7PM 
UNITL THE END OF AUGUST.​

1. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
2. NO GLASS CONTAINERS OF ANY TYPE
3. GRILLING ALLOWED FOR THE 2017 SEASON 
4. ONLY COAST GUARD APPROVED LIFE JACKETS ARE ALLOWED
5. NO MOTOR VEHICLES OR MOTORCYCLES ALLOWED IN THE BEACH AREA
6. NO GROUND FIRES
7. NO LOITERING OR DISORDERLY CONDUCT
8. NO WASHING, CHANGING OIL,  OR CLEANING MOTOR VEHICLES WITHIN PARKING LOT AREA
9. NO ANIMALS OF ANY KIND
10. NO FLOATATION DEVICES OR BALL PLAYING IN WATER OR WITHIN 50 FEET OF WATER EDGE
11. SWIMMING IS CONFINED TO THE DESIGNATED AREAS UNDER SUPERVISION OF LIFE GUARD
12. NO BOATS ALLOWED WITHIN BUOYS
13. NO BOATING ALLOWED WITHIN 50 FEET OF BUOYS
14. NO SOAPING OR WASHING ANY TYPE ALLOWED WITHIN MEMORIAL BEACH PROPERTY
15. NO PROFANE OR INDECENT LANGUAGE ALLOWED AT ANY TIME
16. NO REFUNDS
17. FISHING ALLOWED IN DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY
18. NO SWIMMING IN BOAT LAUNCH AREA
19. NO JUMPING OFF BOAT DOCK
     
Fees and Information
State Pond Map
Webster Lake Association
         WLA members have participated in a wide variety of activities intended for the benefit of the lake. Weed treatment, lake management, fund-raising, public service, information programs and social events have all been part of the Webster Lake Association activities.
To learn more about all their activities, click the button below:
Lake Association