Lake Ellis

Last Updated: 3/2018
       One of two lovely recreational lakes in Athol (the other is Silver Lake), Lake Ellis offers a great beach and picnic area. Boaters also enjoy the lake (no wakes, please), and anglers aim for bass, pickerel, bluegill and hornpout. Because the Quabbin Anglers Organization stocks trout for their annual ice fishing derby, a summertime line may also pull up a trout.

      Each summer the Town of Athol opens two public beaches; one each at Lake Ellis and Silver Lake.  Lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in June, July and August depending on funding and availability of qualified personnel. 

  • No Littering
  • No Dogs
  • No PFDs
  • No Alcohol or Illegal Drugs
  • No Glass Bottles
  • No Smoking 
  • Parking in Designated Areas only
  • Fishing in Designated Areas only
  • Boating in Designated Areas only (Lake Ellis)

Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       2,8 miles
Nearest Address:   
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Position:  42-34.92 N 72-12.34 W
USGS Map:  Athol, MA
Gravel Boat Ramp with plenty of paved parking.
Next to Town Beach.

Physical Features:
  • Area:                 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Town Beach and Park, Woods, Homes, wetlands, weeds in late summper
Fish Population
  • Last survey Unknown
  •  species:  bass, pickerel, bluegill, hornpout, some stocked trout.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 1.5 miles, 4 minutes):
From Exit 17 off Route 2,  Athol/Petersham, Route 32
  1. At the end of the rap, turn left onto Route 32 North.
  2. At mile 0.8, turn left onto Route 2A West/Route 32 North.
  3. At mile 1.0, turn left onto Lake Ellis Road.
  4. At mile 1.2,  turn left onto a driveway behind the high school.
  5. At  mile 1.3, turn into a parking lot and boat ramp.