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Last Updated:2/2016
 Fishing
      No State fishing information found.

 Orcutt Brook
       Orcutt Brook is a perennial stream comprised from the flow of several smaller streams, including Black, Rum, Gales, and Hodge Brooks as well as several unnamed tributaries. Orcutt Brook becomes a named brook as it flows out of Hubbard‟s Pond in Brush Valley, at the confluence with another small tributary. Orcutt Brook flows through Wheelers Pond before entering the Millers River in West Orange. It supports native brook trout as well as blacknose dace, creek chub, common shiner, and common white sucker. The state stocks the brook with trout in 2009.

Description
     Wheelers Pond Dam is a dam located just 2.1 miles from Orange, in Franklin County, near West Orange, MA. Alternate names for this dam include Warwick Manufacturing Company Dam.
        Located on Orcutt Brook along the west side of Route 78 in the southern section of Warwick, Wheelers Pond is an artificial pond of twenty-eight acres. It is considered a warm water, eutrophic water body with dark, tannin water.  Access to the pond is discouraged as the pond is privately owned. 

History
          Between 1865 and 1875 emigration West continued, as farmers no longer chose to work the difficult New England soil. There were several manufacturers who felt Warwick still had something to offer. In one instance, a chair making shop located on Wheeler’s Pond was switched to brush manufacturing. It employed six to eight workers and produced 2,500 gross of brush woods. It continued in operation until 1872, thus giving the entire area the name, “Brush Valley.” In 1872, it once again changed product lines, this time to the manufacture of wooden boxes and continued this business until 1920 when it was destroyed by fire. 
      Most information gathered from Town of Warwick Open Space Recreation Plan.  Click below for a copy:

    
   
STATISTICS
Skill Level:             Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      1.2 miles
USGS Map: Orange, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:  1000 Massachusetts 78, Warwick, MA 01378 

Boat Launch:        No ramp, only roadside car top launching.
Position:  42-37.10 N 72-19.51 W
 
Physical Features:
  • Area:                28.3 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:      feet
  • Terrain Type: Homes, Woods, Farm fields, Wetlands north
Fish Population
  • No information published    

From Interstate 91 Exit 27 - Route 2 East toward Boston – (18.2 miles, 24 minutes)
  • Follow the ramp onto Route 2 East.
  • Continue on Route 2 East all the way to the center of Erving.
  • At mile14.9, keep right, follow signs for Route 2A East Orange/Warwick.
  • At mile 16.6, turn left onto Haskins Road
  • At mile 17.2, at stop sign, go straight as Haskins Road merges into Route 78 North.
  • At mile 18.2, arrive at the south end of the pond.  Time to make a roadside launch.
    
 
    
Open Space and Recreation Plan