Hastings Pond

Last Updated: 4/2018
        Except for the chain pickerel, which offer a limited sport fishery, this pond is overpopulated with stunted pumpkinseeds and yellow perch. There is a good golden shiner population, which should provide an excellent forage base for pickerel, but few legal size pickerel were sampled. 
         This pond was named after one of the first settlers, Hastings, in the 1700s, and is a fertile, 20-acre, warm water pond located one half mile southeast of Warwick center on Hastings Pond Road. The access off Hastings Road is very limited and informal. The pond has a bottom of gravel and muck. Emergent aquatic vegetation covers about five percent of the surface area. During summer stratification, the water is deoxygenated below 14 feet, a condition also reported in a 1955 survey. The shoreline is twenty percent developed with eight residential dwellings. 
Skill Level:              Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:     1 hour
Total Distance:       0.8 miles
USGS Map:             Mount Grace, MA (7.5’x15’)

Physical Features
  • Area:                   20 acres
  • Max depth:          34 feet
  • Average Depth:    15 feet
  • Transparency:           feet
  • Terrain Type:  Woods, Homes.
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1981
  • 6 species:  pumpkinseed, yellow perch, golden shiner, bluegill, chain pickerel and brown bullhead. There is no history of stocking largemouth bass here, and the species was absent from this as well as the 1950 survey. 
Hastings Pond Launch
Position: 42-40.45 N 72-19.75 W 
Boat Launch:
Car top launch.  We were unable to find the exact public right-away because it is unmarked.
Nearest Launch Address:
90 Hastings Pond Road, Warwick, MA 01378
Put-In Directions (8.3 miles, 15 minutes):
From Route 2 Exit 14
  1. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Holtshire Road.
  2. At mile 0.7, at the end of the road, turn right on Route 2A East.
  3. At mile 1.2, turn left on Route 78 North toward Warwick/Winchester NH.
  4. At mile 7.5, make a sharp right onto Hastings Pond Road.  The Fire House will be on your right.
  5. At mile 8.3, arrive at the put-in on your right.​
A view of the pond.
State Pond Map