Greenwater Pond 

Last Updated: 4/2016
      This is a fine trout and smallmouth bass pond, but the water is infertile and only moderately productive. The best spot for smallmouth should be along the boulder-strewn western shore. Bouncing jigs, crayfish imitations, night crawlers or shiners along the bottom should be effective.
        Thanks to the cold water here, trout can hold over from year to year. Browns in the three to five pound range are reported fairly regularly. The sharp drop off along Route 20 is probably the best bet for trout, and productive even in mid summer. Artificial baits resembling smelt should be most effective in fooling lunkers, but most recently stocked trout are taken on small spinners and spoons, or on worms, salmon eggs or dough baits fished on the bottom. Smelt fishing at night during the ice fishing season is popular and productive. The yellow perch are of low average size.
       This two-story trout pond is sandwiched between Route 20 and the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90). It is a deep lake with a maximum depth of 58 feet and an average depth of 23 feet. The water in this lake is exceptionally clear with a transparency of 23 feet. The bottom varies from mud in the north and northwest end, to boulder and rock along the western shore, and to sand and gravel along the southern and eastern end. Aquatic weeds are scant, except in the outlet cove, where they are common. The shore is heavily developed (mostly with road) and there is very little open space.
South and West Shore
       Start your paddle at the very narrow boat ramp on Route 20 and turn left along this bay.  There are Homes and docks along this part of the pond and are accessible by Greenwater Drive.  Continue around the point of land and turn right at the last house. 
      You can’t quite see it but the Massachusetts Turnpike will be just behind the shoreline trees.  Follow the shoreline in a northwest direction along the highway.  There is a section of rocks with graffiti along this stretch.  Though it is not encouraged, some of this graffiti is quite old including a Playboy Bunny symbol. After 0.8 miles you will come to a shoal, in the summer an American Flag on some rocks marks it.  Note that this may have been a crossing for a railroad many years ago.  When the lake is low you will have to skirt around it.  Otherwise, in a canoe or kayak you should be able to cross over the shallows.
Northwest End
       This end is characterized by a small cove with an earthen dam.  There is a small wooden bridge over the spillway.  The Appalachian Trail (AT) passes through here.  If you stop at the dam, it is possible to walk up to the bridge for hikers that look down at passing cars.  You are standing about 1000 miles to Mt. Katahdin in Maine and 1100 miles to Springer Mountain in Georgia.
North and East Shore
       Follow the north shore passed a few houses and now you will follow Route 20 in a Southwestern direction for the rest of your paddle.  As you reach about mile 1.8, or just past the last large home on a small knoll, you will be passing the deepest part of the lake reaching down 58 feet about 100 yards from shore.
      Finally you will pass a small group of houses as you approach the boat launch with docks.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       2.2 miles
USGS Map:            Stockbridge, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:   3512 Jacobs Ladder Rd, Becket, MA 01223

Boat Launch:         Car top launch near beach.
Position:   42-16.87 N 73-08.60 W
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  88 acres
  • Max depth:         58 feet
  • Average Depth:  23 feet
  • Transparency:    23 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, State Park
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1979
  • 7 species of fish: smallmouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, long-nose sucker, goldfish and golden shiner. Rainbow trout and brown trout were also recorded present, the result of annual trout stockings conducted every spring and fall. This pond also contains a population of rainbow smelt.     
Put-In/Take-Out (5.7 miles, about 10 minutes)
  • From US Route 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) take exit 2.
  • At the end of the ramp turn left at light.  Pass under the Mass Pike and turn left following Route 20 East.
  • Follow Route 20 through East Lee.
  • At mile 4.9 you will see the lake on your right.
  • Continue to the end of the lake at mile 5.7.  There is a very narrow boat launch just off Route 20 and roadside parking further on.
State Pond Map
Unimproved Boat Ramp
The Boat Ramp is narrow and on busy Route 20
A Post Card from Yester-Year