Burncoat Pond ​​

Last Updated: 3/2018
 There is no public access to Burncoat Pond. The town Beach is at present closed. We have approached the town for more information and are awaiting a reply. 30 Aug 2017



Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1.0 hour
Total Distance:       3.0 miles
Nearest Address:   
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Position:  42-14.62 N 71-56.80 W
USGS Map: , MA  
Boat access is available through the town beach.  Drive as far as you can down Town Beach Road and carry to the small beach beyond the athletic field.
Physical Features
  • Area:                115 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Wild Life Sanctuary, Wooded, Private Homes
Fish Population
  • Last survey Unknown
  • Unknown

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 15.4 miles, 22 minutes):
From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
At the end of the ramp head southwest on I-84.
  1. At mile 0.9, take exit 3A to merge onto Route 20 East/Charlton Road toward Charlton.
  2. At mile 3.3, at stop light, turn left onto Route 49 North.
  3. At mile 10.7, turn  right toward onto Route 9 East.
  4. Travel throught the center of Spencer.
  5. At mile 15.1, turn right onto Town Beach Road.
  6. Driver to the end at mile 15.4, park near athletic field and carry to beach area.
Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

         Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, which encompasses the west side of its namesake pond, provides critical habitat for its resident and migratory wildlife. Its moderate-to-rugged trails also offer an opportunity for a peaceful walk through fields and hardwood-white pine forest, skirting wetlands, passing over streams, and ending at the pond.
Acres: 245
Trail Mileage: 2 miles

Sanctuary Highlights
  • Northerly view into Burncoat Pond from atop Richard’s Overlook, a large boulder off of Flat Rock Trail.
  • Mountain laurel, which bursts into delicate clouds of white and pink in late spring.
  • Deer, foxes, raccoons, beavers, otters, coyotes, fishers, muskrats, and bears along with a wide variety of birds, from the wood duck and great blue heron to small sparrows and warblers.
  • Longer walks by visiting the Midstate Trail as well as the adjacent Greater Worcester Land Trust and Sibley Farm conservation area.
  • Programs offered through Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.

Burncoat Pond W.S.