Hamilton Reservoir

Last Updated: 3/2018
           Hamilton Reservoir is unusual in that it has experienced a literal explosion in the number of landlocked alewives during the last several years. (written in 1997) These are a valuable forage species, and it is expected that most gamefish, as well as yellow perch, will benefit immensely from this food source. Chain pickerel growth is already known to be excellent. Largemouth bass also display above average growth rates, but there is a scarcity of quality size fish 12 inches and larger. The reservoir does not offer good smallmouth habitat; hence these fish display below average growth and are relatively scarce. Northern pike were stocked here in 1979, 1986 and 1990, and trophy specimens are occasionally boated or iced.
         The reservoir is stocked with several hundred brown trout and rainbow trout annually. Trout fishing is best from spring stocking to late May. General fishing continues during all four seasons.  Ice fishermen should do well on yellow perch and northern pike. 

        Hamilton Reservoir is located in the Town of Holland, Massachusetts.  Holland is located in south-central Massachusetts bordering Union, Connecticut.  In the 1860's the Hamilton Woolen Company dammed the Quinnebaug River and formed the Hamilton Reservoir.  The Reservoir is located in the headwater region of the Quinebaug River watershed which flows north through the town and combines with the French and Middle Rivers to form the Thames River.  The Thames flows southward through Connecticut into Long Island Sound.  Be sure to visit the reservoir association for the latest information.
Don't get caught not knowing.  Review the boating regulations before you launch your boat:

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    4+ hour
Total Distance:       10.0 miles ( North 4.4 miles, South 5.6 miles)
USGS Map:        Wales, MA (7.5’x15’)

Address:   8 Leno Road, Holland 01521
Position:   42-4.10 N 73-09.15 W
Boat Launch: Fishermans Landing is run by the town of Holland.  Boats may be launched from Fisherman’s Landing on Leno Road.  This site is open to the public and has some parking sites.
Address:   242 Mashapaug Rd, Holland, MA 01521
Position:   42-02.92 N 72-09.25 W

Boat Launch: Roadside Launch

Address:  Dirt Road Boat Launch 
Position:   42-01.86 N 72-08.76 W
Boat Launch: For residents on the south lake, there is a ramp on Shore Drive. Parking is limited.
Physical Features:
  • Area:                412 acres
  • Max depth:         21 feet
  • Average Depth:   6 feet
  • Transparency:     4 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, City Park
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1980
  • 13 species:  landlocked alewives, white perch, yellow perch, pumpkinseeds, bluegill, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, golden shiners, black crappies, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass and white suckers. 
Put In and Take Out: 7.2 miles, 14 min.
From Exit 9 Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90)
  • At the end of the ramp follow signs for I-84 towards US-20 Sturbridge.
  • Merge on to US-20 West
  • Follow US-20 past Sturbridge Village and through the town of Sturbridge.
  • At mile 3.2, turn left onto Holland Rd.  The road become Sturbridge Road.
  • At mile 7.1, turn left onto Leno Road.  Fishermans Landing is immediately on your right.
Hamilton Reservoir Association
Hamilton Reservoir Boating Regulations
State Pond Map
Fishing Pier
Plenty of Parking at North Ramp
Dam at North End
Boat Ramp