Haviland Pond (aka Chapin Pond)

Last Updated: 3/2018
           Trout fishing is best from the commencement of stocking in early spring into late May or early June. The largemouth bass population shows evidence of over fishing. The bass tend to be small here and exhibit slow growth rates. Chain pickerel are less numerous than bass, but growth rates are good when compared to the state average for this species. Yellow perch are overabundant and the taking of this species is encouraged. 

          Also known as “Chapin Pond,” this is a small  fertile, warm water pond located 0.7 miles northeast of the Massachusetts Pike and Route 21 intersection. The water is clear in color.
          The pond was reclaimed in 1958. The productivity at the time of that reclamation was estimated at 200 pounds of fish per acre. The mile of shoreline is 85% developed and a large public beach is located on the north shore.  
NOTE: The basic formula for a reclamation is as follows: all fish life in the pond is killed without harming other forms of aquatic life, and several weeks later, the water is re-stocked with a native species.
Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      1.0 miles
USGS Map:  Ludlow, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:   
 500 Center Street, Ludlow, MA 01056
Position:   42-10.32 N 72-28.65 W

Boat Launch:

Concrete Boat Ramp.  Plenty of parking.  Motor boats are prohibited.  There is no vehicle/trailer parking on the ramp, although there is parking available in the town beach parking lot across the street. 
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  25 acres
  • Max depth:         31 feet
  • Average Depth:  18 feet
  • Transparency:    25 feet
  • Terrain Type: Urban, Homes, Town Beach
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1980
  • 7 species: largemout bass bluegill yellow perch, pumpkinseed, chain pickerel, killifish and white perch. Trout are stocked annually to create a put and take urban fishery. There is no evidence of any significant carryover, although fall stocking and early spring stocking provide four-season fishing. 
Put In and Take Out: 0.2 miles, 1 min.
From Exit 7 US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike)  Ludlow
  • At the end of the ramp at the stoplight, turn right on Route 21 North.
  • Go 0.2 miles and the boat ramp will be on your right just before the town beach.
State Pond Map
Parking is Limited
​Located next to the Town Beach
Paved Boat Ramp
No Gas Powered Boats Allowed