Fiske Pond

Last Updated: 4/2018
         Fiske Pond Conservation Area is in the southwest corner of Wendell, MA. The Area builds upon a corridor of permanently protected land around Wendell and contributes to a larger conservation area envisioned by the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership. The Town purchased the property in 2005 with the help of a Mass. Division of Conservation Resources Self-Help Grant and conveyed a conservation restriction to the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation for the purposes of permanent protection and passive recreation. Grateful acknowledgment is also given to the Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust and its contributors for technical assistance and a generous startup grant.
               Many species of wildlife call the Fiske Pond Conservation Area home including moose, deer, beaver, spotted turtle, kingfisher, and great blue heron. The major feature of the 125 acre parcel is Fiske Pond, a 10 acre pond formed when Fiske Brook was dammed in the 19th century. Remnants of a sawmill and an intact earthen dam are located at the southern end of the pond. Fiske Brook and Skerry Brook also run through the property, and several unique habitats contribute to a wide range of ecosystems and biodiversity including oak and pine forest, a spruce bog, as well as a hemlock swamp.
                  The Fiske Pond Conservation Area is owned by the Town of Wendell and managed by the Wendell Conservation Commission, the Fiske Pond Advisory Committee, Friends of Fiske, and dedicated local volunteers. Please consider joining us in trail improvement, invasive species removal, open space preservation, and other projects designed to protect and improve our environment.

To protect this area for wildlife and conservation, we thank you for observing the following rules:
  • Enjoy this beautiful area! Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and horseback riding are allowed.
  • Daylight use only-dawn to dusk.
  • Dogs are permitted but must be leash-able.
  • Fires, camping, and all motors and motorized vehicles are prohibited.
  • No hunting, fishing, or trapping is allowed.
  • No amplified music or alcohol.
  • The water is unguarded and untested. Enter at you own risk.
  • There are no trash cans. Please carry out what you bring in.
Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:   1 hour
Total Distance:      0.7 miles
USGS Map:            Orange MA   (7.5’x15’
Physical Features:
  • This pond is not listed under the      
    "Massachusetts  Integrated List of Waters" publication.  There is no fishing information or bathymetry maps available from mass.gov website.
  • Conservation Area: 125 acres
  • Area:               acres
  • Max depth:        feet
  • Average Depth: feet
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Conservation Land, Dam
Fish Population
  • Last survey
  • Species: Unknown

Wickett Pond Launch
Position: 42-29.8 N 72-25.7 W​
Boat Launch:
Car top boats.  No motors.
Nearest Launch Address:
201 West Street, Wendell, MA 01379
Put-In Directions (13.6 miles, 23 minutes):
From Interstate 91 Exit 24 Deerfield, take Route 116 South toward Sunderland.
  1. Pass over the Connecticut River.
  2. At mile 1.9, at the stoplight, turn left on Route 47 North
  3. At mile 6.6 Route 47 turns sharp right.
  4. At mile 6.8 cross Route 63 with a quick right then left on to North Leverett Road.
  5. Follow North Leverett Road through the town of Leverett. The road becomes Lakeview Road.  Red Brook will be on your right.
  6. At mile 12.6 pass Lake Wyola State Park Beach.
  7. At mile 13.5 turn left on to West Street in Wendell.
  8. At mile 13.6 turn left into the Conservation area parking just past Pine Brook Conference Center.​​
It's a 0.2 mile carry to this launch area.
The dam is a very old earthen dam.  A trail leads over it.
Fiske Pond Brochure and Map
Monks Cave
      Who made this chamber?  Is it a root cellar or is it something else very ancient?
        The chamber is located in a steep sandy embankment along Mt. Mineral Road in Shutesbury, MA. It is has a small entrance to almost well like chamber. The chamber has a single large capstone with a corbelled sidewall to roof capstone transition. The chamber has different sections built with different styles or techniques of dry stone masonry, this makes indicate either multiple people building the structure or chamber built (or rebuilt) in several different construction phases.
        The cave coordinates are 42-30.392 N 72-24.590 W, about 75 feet from first parking area heading W on road to second parking area. (Search for this cave at http://www.geocaching.com)
Monks Cave
The view is beautiful and contemplative.  If you stay quiet you will be rewarded with wildlife.