Harmon Pond

Last Updated: 4/2018
          Harmon Pond is a spring fed pond full of wildlife. A stream exits the pond which feeds into the Umpachene River which itself is a tributary of the Housatonic River.
          The YMCA camp says that it is 23 acres in size and reports that a 1829 book called  "A History of the County of Berkshire, Massachusetts" by David Dudleyfield, reports a size of 33 acres.  My guess is that back in 1829 they probably could not measure accurately.
         This Great Pond is protected and owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts like all Great Ponds. Unfortunately, the pond is surrounded by the YMCA camp so access must be given by the camp.
​         It seems that they only run programs from the middle of July to the end of August.  We would imagine they might give access the rest of the year.

Skill Level:             Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      0.9 miles
USGS Map:             South Sandisfield, MA

Physical Features
  • Area:                23 acres
  • Max depth:            feet
  • Average Depth:     feet
  • Transparency:       feet
  • Terrain Type: YMCA Summer Camp, Woods
Fish Population
  • Last survey 
  • Unknown
Camp Wa Wa Segowea
         Camp WA WA Segowea is located on over 400 acres of pristine wilderness surrounding Harmon Pond in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. In this natural setting, campers from across the country have come for four generations to experience a classic American camping adventure.
         Inclusion has been central to the “WA WA way” since the camp first began accepting girls in the 1970s and today Camp WA WA is a summer home for young people of all races, genders, religions, ethnicity, and sexual orientations.
         Owned by the Poughkeepsie YMCA the camp can be contacted at (413) 229-9110

         For more information visit the website:
Camp Mah-Kee-Nac
Harmon Pond Launch
Position: 42-04.49 N 73-14.16 W​
Boat Launch:
Must get permission to launch at the YMCA Camp.
(413) 229-9110
Nearest Launch Address:
408 Foley Hill Road, Southfield (New Marlborough), MA 01259
Put-In Directions (21.4 miles, 36 minutes):
From US Route 90 (Mass Turnpike) take Exit 2, Lee.
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Route 20 then right onto Route 102 West toward Stocbridge.
  2. At mile 4.6, turn left at the Red Lion Inn onto Route 7 South towards Great Barrington.
  3.  At mile 7.3, turn left at the stop light onto Monument Valley Road.
  4. At mile 11.9, at the stop sign, cross over Route 23 onto Lake Buel Road.
  5. At mile 14.6, turn right onto Mill River Great Barrington Road
  6. At mile 16.4, turn left to stay on Mill River Great Barrington Road
  7. At mile 17.4, Merge and continue onto Great Barrington Mill River Road.
  8. At mile 17.9, Great Barrington Mill River Road turns left and becomes Southfield Road.
  9. At mile 20.0, turn right onto Foley Hill Road.
  10. At mile 21.2, arrive at the double aluminum canoe gate.  Travel down to the waterfront.
The canoe gates at the entrance to the YMCA Camp
The Waterfront area where boats are launched.