Cranberry Pond

Last Updated:3/2018
      This pond gets very heavy use as a put and take trout water, and it is stocked with trout both spring and fall. The pond does not have any significant warm water fisheries, and bass and chain pickerel populations appear over fished. Bluegills and pumpkinseeds are the dominant species.
      Due to impassable roadways (the pond is located within Mt. Toby State Forest), it is a longer walk to reach this pond in winter, but it still supports a die-hard contingent of ice fishermen. 

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      1.1 miles
USGS Maps: Williamsburg, MA and Greenfield, MA (7.5’x15’)
Physical Features
  • Area:                  28 acres
  • Max depth:         26 feet
  • Average Depth:   4 feet
  • Transparency:    15 feet
  • Terrain Type: State Park, woods, wetlands 
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1981
  • 8 species:  largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, bluegill,
    chain pickerel, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown bullhead and golden shiner.  
Mount Toby
        This 1,269 foot mountain is the highest summit of a sprawling collection of mostly wooded hills and knolls that rise from a distinct plateau-like upland in the towns of Sunderland and Leverett, Massachusetts, just east of the Connecticut River. This mountain mass, part of the Metacomet Ridge geology, is oval shaped and roughly three miles by two miles wide. Although three of the subordinate peaks have names of their own (Roaring Mountain, Ox Hill, Bull Hill), none of them are noteworthy on their own, and the designation “Mount Toby” is most often used to describe the entire geologic mass. 
    Mount Toby is notable for its high biodiversity, attractive woodlands, waterfalls, and its glacial kettle ponds (most notably Cranberry Pond). Although the summit is wooded, there is a fire tower, open to the public, which provides 360-degree views of:
SOUTH - Amherst and the Holyoke Range.
WEST - The Connecticut River and Mount Sugarloaf.
NORTH - Mount Snow, Mount Ascutney, and Mount Monadnock.
EAST - The nearby Peace Pagoda in Leverett.
         Additionally, there are several cliffs located on the lower south and southwest facing slopes overlooking the Connecticut River Valley and the town of Sunderland.  To learn more about Mount Toby, click the buttons below.
Mount Toby
State Pond Map
Cranberry Pond Launch
Position: 42-30.20 N 72-31.52 W
Boat Launch:
Large dirt parking area. Concrete Pads Boat Ramp. No motors are allowed.
Nearest Launch Address:
5 Reservation Rd, Sunderland, MA 01375
Put-In Directions (6.9 miles, 13 minutes):
From Interstate 91 take Exit 24 
  1. From Exit 24 Turn North onto Route 10 North/Route 5 North
  2. At stop light, turn right on Route 116 South.
  3. At mile 2.1 turn left at stop light on to Route 47 North.
  4. At mile 6.0, turn right onto Reservation Road.
  5. At mile 6.9, road turns to dirt, arrive at pond.

Gravel launch area.  No motorboats!
Concrete Pads on the Launch.
Department of Natural Resources Conservation at UMass-Amherst
        The department has responsibility for managing the 755-acre Mt. Toby Demonstration forest for teaching, research and demonstration. We also try to coordinate with recreational users of the Forest, as well as the Mass. DCR (who operate the fire tower at the summit), and other organizations. The Forest is topographically diverse. To the south are three hills, the highest being Mount Toby (1269 feet). Slopes are steep with small cliffs and ledges to the east and west. There is a deep valley between two of the hills – Roaring Mountain to the south and Ox Hill to the north – with a brook that drops in a waterfall near the eastern border of the Forest. Most, but not all of it, has been logged more than once, but some areas are so inaccessible that they were never logged. Today, UMass students and faculty use the forest for teaching, field exercises, and forestry research activities. Mount Toby is used heavily by the general public for a variety of recreational activities. These are allowed so long as they conform with the University Trustees guidelines for use of the Forest and do not interfere with teaching and research activities.  For more information click below:
Demonstration Forest
Mount Toby Trail Map