Aldrich Lake

Last Updated: 3/2018
      The bass population exhibits a low stock density of quality size fish 12 inches and larger, but this does not preclude the presence of some large bass. There are some nice yellow perch to be taken, while abundant bluegill and pumpkinseeds should provide good pan fish action. (1993)
      This is a relatively small, 66-acre, infertile, warm water pond located off Amherst Street just northwest of the center of Granby. Amherst Street divides the lake into two basins. Access to the west basin is an informal dirt ramp off Amherst Road suitable for car top boat and canoe launching.
The 2.5 miles of shoreline are relatively undeveloped, with only ten residential dwellings. Aquatic vegetation is very heavy and the bottom is a mixture of gravel and muck. Most of the shoreline is forested.
NOTE from the Granby Bylaws:
       The use of an internal combustion engine to power a boat of any type shall be prohibited on Forge Pond, Aldrich Lake, Dufresne Pond and all parts of the Bachelor Brook and Stony Brook within the jurisdiction of the Town, except for use by Police and municipal agencies.
      Launch your boat and be very careful of traffic, as Amherst Street can be busy with poor visibility of traffic.
West Basin
     Follow around the north side of the shore after launching.  Turn right into a cove around a peninsula.  It is here that there once was a Boy Scout Camp with a beach that is now state owned land.
Exit the cove and travel to the outlet Dam reconstructed in 2014.  You can safely approach quite close unless the water level is exceptionally high.
Finish this one-mile paddle back by the launch area and then under Amherst Street culvert.
East Basin
  This 1.5 basin is shallower than the West Basin. After August there can be considerable amount of weeds.  In early seasons, you can paddle its entire length. If you feel adventurous, paddles up the stream to Porter Street.  It can be tight and shallow but still fun.
Return the same way and under Amherst Street to the boat launch to finish your paddle.
Nash Dinosaur Tracks
 39 Aldrich St, Granby, MA 01033
      The region's longest running and most productive dinosaur footprint location, a museum that displays a variety of dinosaur tracks and dinosaur fossils, and a rock shop where you may purchase your own dinosaur tracks or a variety of other fossils and minerals.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance       2.5 miles
USGS Map:   Mount Holyoke, MA   (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:  278 Amherst St, Granby, MA 01033
Position: 42-17.02 N 72-31.93 W    

Boat Launch: Car top and small trailer on narrow dirt boat ramp.
Physical Features:
  • Area:                66 acres
  • Max depth:        13 feet
  • Average Depth:   
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Park, Homes
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1980
  • 10 Species: bluegill, golden shiner, pumpkinseed, largemouth bass, yellow perch, white sucker, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, black crappie and yellow bullhead.    
Put In and Take Out:  8.1 miles, 13 min.
  • From US Route 91 take exit 19:
  • At light take Route 9 East over the Connecticut River.
  • At mile 0.8, at stoplight, turn right on Bay Road. Route 47 South joins Bay Road.
  • At mile 2.6, turn left to continue on Bay Road.
  • At mile 5.5, make a logical right onto Route 116 South.  Atkins Farm will be on your right at this mini-rotary turn.
  • Follow Route 116 South up through the notch in the Holyoke Mountains and down the other side.
  • At mile 7.6, turn left on Amherst Street.
  • At mile 8.1, at the north side of a causeway is the narrow boat ramp. (on your right going south)  It’s easy to miss.  There is limited parking on Amherst Street.

State Pond Map
Boat Ramp
Nash Dinosaur Tracks
A view of the new Dam and Mill Buildings
Colvert between East and West Basins