Chicopee Reservoir

Last Updated: 7/2018
          The reservoir is stocked in the spring and fall with trout - mostly rainbow trout, but sometimes brown trout when they are available. A healthy bass population provides excellent bass fishing.  Although this impoundment has historically been drawn down in the fall, we hope to see limited ice fishing access. 

             This is a small reservoir is essentially an impoundment of Cooley Brook, which eventually drains into the Chicopee River. The water is very dark colored with a transparency of only three feet. The bottom is gravel and mud, and aquatic vegetation of all types is scant. The reservoir is located at the southern tip of Westover Air Force Base in the city of Chicopee.  Seasonal fishing access is through a Chicopee State Park gate, and there is an entrance fee (unless you have a D.E.M season park pass).   Only shoreline fishing is allowed, but all of it is open to angling. 
  • Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
  • Estimated Time:    1 hour
  • Total Distance:       1.6 miles
  • USGS Map:  Springfield North, MA (7.5’x15’)
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  29 acres
  • Max depth:         39 feet
  • Average Depth:   9 feet
  • Transparency:      3 feet
  • Terrain Type: State Park, Beach, Woods
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1978
  • 5 species:  largemouth bass, golden shiner, pumpkinseed, white sucker and brown bullhead. 
 Chicopee Memorial State Park
      Chicopee Memorial State Park (formerly the Cooley Brook Reservoir and Watershed) is a 575-acre Massachusetts state park located in the Burnett Road neighborhood of the city of Chicopee. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
   Come swim, fish, or picnic by the pond at Chicopee Memorial State Park in the summer, or enjoy hiking and biking on the trails year-round.
       Because of it's urban location, on popular days, the park may reach maximum capacity. When this happens, the park will temporarily close until parking is available. You can keep up with capacity updates by following our Twitter account or call us at (617) 626-4973.
       For hours a details try the link below.
Chicopee Memorial State Park
State Park Trail Map
State Pond Map
[Chicopee Reservoir Beach - Fishing and Swimming

Position: 42-10.22 N 72-32.95 W
Nearest Address: 
155 Johnny Cake Hollow Road, Chicopee, MA 01020
Put-In Directions ( 1.1 miles, 4 minutes)
From Exit 6 US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) Springfield
  1. At the end of the ramp, at the stoplight, turn right on Burnett Road.
  2. Get in the left lane.
  3. At mile 0.6, turn left at the Chicopee Memorial State Park sign.
  4. Travel into the State Park following signs for the beach.
  5. At mile 1.1 arrive at the parking for the beach.
The beach is well kept.  It is raked out almost every day.
A view of the dam.  There is a walkway over the dam.