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Last Updated: 4/2016
 Fishing
        Largemouth bass and chain pickerel provide fishing for warm water game fish with some good-sized individuals of both species. Yellow perch and black crappies provide good pan fishing.​  Whitney Pond is stocked each spring with 500 trout and is known as a good fishing hole for trout and other warm-water fish. 

Description

       Whitney Pond is a man-made pond at the confluence of the Millers River and the Millers River North Branch. Technically it is a impoundment of a the river created by a dam.  The large irregularly shaped pond is north of Route 12 and east of the main downtown area of Winchendon Village.
       The outflow of the pond runs under the railroad rights-of-way to the Whitney Pond Dam that has a 25-foot drop. There is little development along the banks of the pond and access is limited to Glenallen Street where the Millers River flows into the pond and behind Central Street on the northwestern side of the pond.
       The North Central Pathway, an old railroad right-of-way, runs along the southern side of the pond. Some informal parking (not designated or marked) is available at the intersection of Glenallen Street and Route 12. From here the trail leads northwesterly to the railroad crossings of the Whitney Pond outflow; however the bridges are closed due to lack of safety. The trail also leads southeasterly along the Millers River towards Ashburnham.


Structures
  • Power generation dam at the juncture of North Branch and Millers River and it forms Whitney Pond, a man made pond. The dam is an earth embankment and gravity cut stone structure of 887 feet long and 25 feet high.
  • Glenallen Street Bridge built in 1939 over Whitney Pond
  • River Street Bridge built in 1932 over Millers River
  • Spring Street Bridge built in 1926 over Millers River 
  • Spring Street Bridge built in 1937.

STATISTICS
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1.5 hour
Distance around lake:  3.2 miles

Nearest Address:  
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3E {cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E83 Pond St, Winchendon, MA 01475
Position:  42-41.06 N 71-02.48 W
USGS Map:  Winchendon, MA
Access:
Boat access is available for car top boats on a gravel ramp off of Central Street. Shore access is available along most of the pond’s perimeter.   

Physical Features:
  • Area:                110 acres
  • Max depth:         31 feet
  • Average Depth:    5 feet
  • Transparency:      3.5 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wetland, Industrial Buildings, Homes
Fish Population
  • Last survey 2000
  • 9 species: Gamefish present included largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, black crappie, white sucker, bluegill, pumpkinseed, golden shiner and creek chubsuckers.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 10.7 miles, 16 minutes):
From Exit 19 of Route 2 

  1. Head North on Routes 2A & 202 toward Phillipston/Winchendon
  2. At mile10.1, turn left onto Central Street.
  3. At mile 10.5, turn right onto Pond Street.
  4. Go to the end of the street and follow unimproved ramp to the water.
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State Pond Map
North Central Pathway

      The North Central Pathway will one day stretch 16 miles between the cities of Winchendon and Gardner in northern Massachusetts, primarily along a former railroad right-of-way. Three open sections currently offer just over 11 miles of paved, off-road trail.
      The northernmost section travels across Winchendon from Summer Street to N. Ashburnham Road, connecting residents to Whitney Pond and the Clark Memorial Community Center.
       Southeast of Winchendon, the trail picks up again and travels from Old Gardner Road through dense woodlands to Gardner's north end near the Perley Brook Reservoir.
       Another section of trail winds through a picturesque part of Gardner. This section begins at Stone Street and runs past Mount Wachusett Community College and Heywood Hospital. The trail splits just north of the hospital with one fork traveling to the Veterans Memorial Skating Rink on the eastern shore of Crystal Lake, and the other branch traveling past Gardner Middle and High schools and ending near Dunn State Park.

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