Muddy Pond   

Last Updated: 3/2018
   Nothing has been officially published.
      The Housatonic River’s three main branches rise out of three ponds in Berkshire County: the East Branch of the Housatonic begins at Muddy Pond (B11) in Hinsdale and Washington, the West Branch begins at Pontoosuc Lake (B6) in Lanesborough and Pittsfield, and the Southwest Branch of the Housatonic begins at Richmond Pond (B10), Richmond.
       Muddy Pond is the farthest distance from Long Island Sound via the river at 159 miles.  It is a real challenge to paddle the whole Housatonic River!  I encourage you to consider it.  See my other publication on the river and also that published by The Housatonic Valley Authority.
      There are four Muddy Ponds in Massachusetts.  If you do a web search, you will find them in the towns of Washington, Boxborough, Oakham, and Westminster.  The one in Berkshire County is unique, isolated, and seldom visited.  Access is not obvious and difficult because of Rail Road Tracks that run north-south along the pond.
      If you decide to paddle the pond, you should consider adding the remote seven-mile paddle down the winding Housatonic River to the center of the town of Hinsdale.  The experience will leave memories for a long time.

      A recent report of the river has mentioned the need to portage around/over at least seven Beaver Dams.  Make sure you wear good water shoes and be prepared to get wet.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       1.2 miles
USGS Map:       Pittsfield East, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:    
600 Upper Valley Rd, Washington, MA 01223
Position:   42-23.19 N 73-06.80 W    
Boat Launch:   Car top launch along railroad tracks.
Physical Features:
  • Area:                 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, State Park
Fish Population
  • Last survey 

Put In and Take Out: 14.3 miles, 28 min.
  • From Exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  • At the end of the ramp turn left at the stoplight onto Route 20 East.
  • Go through two more stoplights and continue through East Lee.
  • At mile 4.1, turn left on Becket Road that climbs through woods.
  • At mile 6.0, continue straight, this now Yokum Pond Road.
  • At mile 7.7, merge onto County Road.
  • At mile 8.6, turn right and then immediately left onto Route 8 North. 
  • Pass through Becket Center and continue on Route 8 North.
  • At mile 12.9, turn right onto Upper Valley Road.
  • At mile 13.8, turn right into a gravel area near the double railroad tracks. (If the road turns 90 degrees left, turn back.)
  • Cross over the railroad tracks and follow the gravel service road for half a mile. (Mile 14.3)  There is a grassy pull over where you can launch on the pond.  There is no formal boat-launching ramp, but it is possible to launch car top boats.
Housatonic Valley Association
         The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) brings together a wide range of people and organizations that are deeply concerned about the resources and environmental quality of the Housatonic River Valley. Together, we protect land and water throughout the entire 2,000-square-mile, tri-state Housatonic Watershed. To see an interactive map of the watershed area, please click here.

Among our many activities, we...
  • work with property owners and local governments in all 83 towns;
  • respond at a moment's notice;
  • partner with local, state and national organizations to leverage resources;
  • have in-house experts available;
  • share our expertise with organizations and people on conservation and environmental issues;
  • are volunteers in stream patrols.

For more information visit the website:
Housatonic Valley Association
Car Top Launch Only
Carefully Cross the Railroad Tracks
All Wheel Drive or 4WD recommended
​Watch for Trains and be very careful
A View of the Pond Looking North