Center Pond

Last Updated: 5/2014
      This pond has evolved from a good pickerel pond in the 1930s and 1940s to a fair smallmouth bass pond in the 1950s and 1960s. More recent survey work indicates the pond’s fishery resources have continued to change, and it is now noted for large white perch and abundant yellow perch. The remaining game fish are relatively large, but have become decidedly uncommon.
If an angler can get on this pond and manage to hook a bass or pickerel, the fish is likely to be a good one. The perch dominate, however, and can provide excellent action and table fare during any season. They should be particularly vulnerable to jigging during the winter. (1998)
       Leave the town beach and turn right, north, along the east shore.  At mile 0.4 you will come upon the first Summer Camp.  Camp Greylock.  It’s probably best to stay outside of the camp area. See camp descriptions below.  At 0.8 miles is the outlet of the pond marked by an earthen dam and a spillway.
Continue north and at mile 1.0, at the north end of the pond is Camp Watitoh.  Turn south and travel down the west shore.  This shore is almost exclusively summer homes.  The land rises sharply behind the shore with forest.
At the south end, mile 2.1 is a small private beach owned by South Bay Association.  Turn northeast and pass by bay with summer homes and another private beach.  Finally return back to the town beach take-out.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       1.5 miles
USGS Map:     East Lee, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:     Mecum Way, Becket, MA 01223

Boat Launch:     Car top and trailer launch next to beach.
Position:     42-17.72 N 73-03.85 W 

Physical Features:
  • Area:                125 acres
  • Max depth:         11 feet
  • Average Depth:   6 feet
  • Transparency:    12 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, State Park
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1981
  • 9 species: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, white sucker and golden shiner.     
Put In and Take Out: (14.8 miles, 21 min)
  • From US Route 90, Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 2:
  • At the end of the ramp turn left at the stoplight.
  • Continue straight at the next light on Route 20 East.
  • At mile 12.1, turn left onto Route 8 North.
  • At mile 14.5, turn left on Mecum Way. The road is well-maintained gravel.  Follow it to the end, 0.3 miles, and park in the designated car top boat area only.  The boat ramp is well maintained.  The beach is for Becket and Washington Town residents only.
​Center Pond Restoration & Protection District:
        As years passed and cottages have  been enlarged, watershed areas such as those on Center Pond face issues never imagined by the people who started these communities.  In 2000 an informal group was formed to explore these issues.  By the summer of 2005 it became obvious to property owners that a duly authorized organization was necessary to go forward in finding solutions for problems.​
      To see all the legal documents and the latest news, visit the website:
Center PondRestoration
State Pond Map
Camp Watitoh
       Established in 1937, owned and directed by the Hoch Family since 1960, Camp Watitoh is a dynamic, spirited overnight camp for boys and girls who like to take part in an active camp program of land and water sports, creative and performing arts and outdoor hiking and camping.  There are separate campus areas for boys and girls, each guided and supervised by a dedicated counselor staff. Many of our staff has been at the camp for continual summers.

For more information visit the website:
Camp Watitoh
Camp Greylock
       Greylock is the Northeast's preeminent residential summer sports camp for boys. Founded in 1916, it is one of the oldest privately owned, all-boys camps in the nation. The campus sits on 300 acres of land, high in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Greylock offers a structured program that combines instruction and game play in all major land sports, waterfront activities, nature/adventure, and the arts. For nearly one hundred summers, we have stressed the importance of citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, and friendship. 

For more information visit the website:
Camp Greylock
Mecum Road Entrance
Becket-Chimny Corners YMCA
Camp Becket for Boys
       Camping gives boys a foundation for life. At Becket, you are part of a caring community that reinforces the values taught at home. You try lots of new things, have loads of fun and make lasting friends.

Chimney Corners for Girls
      For over three quarters of a century, Chimney Corners Camp has been a place where girls have spent their summers learning, laughing and building life-long friendships.

Becket Day Camp
      Summer outdoors, swimming, playing, hiking, canoeing, catching frogs, singing dancing, performing, slip-and-sliding your days away. 3-13 year old campers. 14-16 year old LITs. Staff from all over the world. Bus pickup from Lee, Dalton, Pittsfield, Hinsdale. C'mon, don't miss out!
For more information visit the website:
Chimny Corners YMCA
Dirt Boat Ramp