East Waushacum Pond

Last Updated: 6/2018
       This pond has long been a local favorite noted for its lack of fishing pressure and relative abundance of both smallmouth and largemouth bass. It produces trophy smallmouths in excess of 4 pounds every season. Look for them in the rocky, hard bottom areas around the island on the west side. Largemouth Bass are more abundant, but rarely exceed 4 pounds. Look for them in and around the limited weedy areas in the southeastern cove. One of this pond's
best kept secrets are its large bluegills, many of which approach 3/4 of a pound. White perch are uncommon, but occasionally a fish exceeding 12 inches is caught. East Waushacum Pond has produced Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, and White Perch that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program.


        The water is relatively clear, with visibility extending to 10 feet or more except during summer algae blooms. he bottom is composed primarily of soft muck, but there are significant areas of sand, gravel and rocks, particularly surrounding the small island near the western shore.
       The shoreline is heavily developed with summer camps, most of which have been expanded and converted into permanent homes during the past few decades, but the southern side remains wooded and quite scenic thanks to a railroad track. 
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Distance around lake:  2.8 miles

USGS Map: Sterling, MA and Hudson, MA

Physical Features:
  • Area:               190 acres
  • Max depth:         40 feet
  • Average Depth:  15 feet
  • Transparency:    10 feet
  • Terrain Type:  Houses, Island, Railroad Track, Woods
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1982
  •  11 species :  This pond contains the usual warm water assortment: largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, smallmouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseeds, yellow bullheads and golden shiners. Presumably, black crappie and brown bullheads are also present.

State Pond Map
East Waushacum Pond Boat Ramp
Position: 42-24.93 N 71-44.55 W
Boat Launch:
The pond offers canoe and car top boat access via a shallow draft dirt ramp next to the town beach, but parking may be impossible for other than town residents during the summer swimming season. 
Nearest Launch Address:
78 Park Street Sterling, MA 01564
Put-In Directions (13.1 miles, 23 minutes):
From Exit 6 of Route 190 - Sterling/Clinton:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn south on Route 12
  2. At mile 1.8, in the middle of Sterling, turn left onto Maple Street.
  3. At mile 2.2, turn right onto Kendall Hill Road.
  4. ​At mile 2.6, turn right to stay on Kendall Hill Road.
  5. At mile 3.3, turn right onto Swett Hill Road.
  6. At mile 3.5, turn right at the first cross street onto North Cove Road.
  7. Pass the town recreation area and parking to the boat ramp.
Follow the road past the beach and parking lot to here.
Use this shallow gravel boat ramp.
This beach is for town residents only.
A view of the pond.

  • All parking is by Sterling permit only.
  • Power boats must travel in counter clocwise direction.
  • Maxium speed is 45 mph  State Law
  • Power boats must clear swimming areas by 150 feet.
  • Headway speed only on shore side of bouy lines.
  • Personal watercrafts prohibited.
  • Skiing in daylight hours only.
  • Divers must display flag in diving area.
  • Long distance swimmers must be accompainied by a boat.