​​Dunn Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
       Plenty of panfish and easy access make this a great pond to take a kid fishing at. If you are looking for yellow perch, give Dunn Pond a try. Also, target the deeper holes for holdover brown trout. 
      A hiking trail around the pond allows for plenty of shore fishing. 


Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Distance around lake:  1.0 mile

Nearest Address:  
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Position:  42-34.63 N 71-58.19 W
USGS Map:  Fitchburg, MA
Parking is available for a fee at the DCR visitors center. There is an unimproved canoe access off of Betty Spring Road. No motorized boats are allowed on the pond.   

Physical Features:
  • Area:                18 acres
  • Max depth:         25 feet
  • Average Depth:    9 feet
  • Transparency:         feet
  • Terrain Type: Wetland, Industrial Buildings, Homes
Fish Population
  • Last survey 2007
  • 5 species: including chain pickerel, black crappie, yellow perch, and hold-over trout. Yellow perch made up the bulk of the sampling catch. Golden shiners were also present as a forage fish. 

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 1.8 miles, 4 minutes):
From Exit 23 of Route 2 - Pearson Boulevard toward Gardner

  1. Exit the traffic circle onto Pearson Blvd.
  2. At mile 0.3, turn right onto Elm Street.
  3. At mile 0.7, turn right onto Temple Street and immediately turn slight left onto Lawrence Street.
  4. At mile 1.2, turn right onto Pearl Street.
  5. At mile 1.3, turn right onto Betty Spring Road.
  6. Follow the road around to the gravel launch next to the dam.  Limited parking
Dunn Pond State Park
      This 130-acre park features a 18 acre pond, walking trails, swimming, fishing, picnicking, public programs, and play equipment. Private canoes and non-motorized boats are allowed on the pond. In the winter the trails are open for cross country skiing and often there is a fire blazing in the visitors centers fireplace.  All activities offered by the park are accessible to people with disabilities.

      Dunn State Park is named after its benefactor, John Ainsworth Dunn who had a lifelong career in the chair manufacturing industry, eventually founding the John A. Dunn Company with a large factory in Gardner and offices across the country. Dunn was seen by the people of Gardner as a man of strong personality who made the city known in the woodworking/chair industry. He was also very involved in the civic life of Gardner. In his will, Dunn gave this park property to the city of Gardner. At that time, a picnic area, 7-acre pond, field for baseball games, tennis courts and horseshoe pits were added. Over the years, Dunn Park grew to the current 120-acre day area that includes a 20-acre pond, playground, beach, picnic area and trails for us all to enjoy. 

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Dunn Pond State Park
Trail Map
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