Bare Hill Pond

Last Updated: 6/2018
         Survey data indicates a good population of Largemouth Bass and Chain Pickerel, but Smallmouth Bass numbers have been inconsistent. One obvious problem here is an overabundant, stunted White Perch population. Because of the seasonal ramp closure, ice fishing seems to be the best bet for the out-of-town angler, and some good catches of Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch have been reported. Bare Hill Pond has produced Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, and Yellow Perch that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program. 


      Located in the Town of Harvard about one mile south of the center, this pond supports a diverse fish population. Unfortunately, the shoreline is highly developed with private cottages and year-round homes, severely restricting access for the general public.
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    2 hour
Distance around lake: 6.0 miles
USGS Map: Hudson, MA

Physical Features
  • Area:                320 acres
  • Max depth:        22 feet
  • Average Depth:  6 feet
  • Transparency:       feet
  • Terrain Type:  Summer and Year Round Homes
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1981
  • 10 species : iincluding: white perch, yellow perch, pumpkinseeds, bluegills, largemouth bass, brown bullheads, chain pickerel, black crappies, smallmouth bass and golden shiners.
State Pond Map
Bare Hill Pond Boat Ramp and Town Beach
Position: 42-29.66 N 71-35.36 W​
Boat Launch:
Town-owned access site located on the northeast shore is in excellent condition with parking available for more than 10 cars. However, the beach is closed to everyone but town residents.  There are over 100 town resident kayak rack spots.  Fishers may launch their boats for a fee and park on the road, space available.
Nearest Launch Address:
 21 Pond Road, Harvard, MA 01451
Put-In Directions (2.2 miles, 5 minutes):
From Exit 38A off Route 2 - 110 West/111 South toward Harvard/Worcester
  1. Head south on Route 111.
  2. Pass through the middle of Harvard.
  3. At mile 2.0, just past the Hildreth Elementary School on your left, turn right onto Pond Road.
  4. ​Follow the road to the end where the town beach and boat ramp are.​
Paved Launch for all types of boats.
This beach is for residents only.
A view of the pond from the boat ramp.