Holland Pond (aka Lake Siog)​ 
& Quinebaug River Trail

Last Updated: 3/2018

             Lake Siog was a center of American Indian culture in pre-colonial times, and arrow-heads were so numerous, that settlers supposed that a great battle might have taken place there. More likely the area had been settled for hundreds of years as the open meadows provided good hunting, the sandy soil was easy to work, and the pond had plenty of fish, especially pickerel for which the Nipmuck name was Siog.
             The major recreation area off Dug Hill Rd.  Swimming beach, picnic tables and grills plus a 3/4 mile nature trail. Open Friday-Sunday from 1st weekend in June to Labor Day, 10am-6pm. No entrance fee.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:   1.6 miles plus 3.1 miles on the Quinebaug River  to East Brimfield Reservoir
USGS Map:  Wales, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:   2 Morse Ln, Holland, MA 01521
Position:    42-05.04 N 72-09.57 W
Boat Launch:
Gravel boat launch ramp on Pond Bridge Road. Parking for vehicles with boat trailers. Open year round. Ice fishing access.
Check out the following map from the Army Corps of Engineers:
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  66 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Homes,City Beach
Fish Population
  • No state fishing information.
Put In and Take Out: 7.2 miles, 13 min.
From Exit 9 Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) Sturbridge
  • 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.
  • Pass East Brimfield Reservoir on your left and Long Pond on your right.
  • At mile 6.0 turn left onto East Holland Road. There is a Quinebaug Cove Campground sign.
  • At mile 7.1, turn right on Morse Road.
  • At mile 7.2, make an left (almost a reverse direction) turn onto a dirt road.  Follow this a short way to the boat launch to your left.

Holland Pond and Quinebaug River Recreation Map
Quinebaug River Canoe Trail
         The Quinebaug River Canoe Trail is a five mile long flatwater canoe route from Holland Pond to East Brimfield Reservoir. It is a designated Watchable Wildlife area, and was the first water trail to be designated as part of the National Trails System by the National Park Service.
          Approximate time to paddle from one end to the other is 2 hours, slightly more if paddling upstream. There are 3 rest stops along the river with benches where paddlers can stop and rest and enjoy the scenery. Wildlife frequently seen along the trail include great blue heron, beavers, turtles, hawks, and red wing black birds. In recent years, bald eagles have been seen along the river as well.  Trail is open year round. Best flows for paddling are in spring and early summer.
           This trail is the first section of the larger Quinebaug River water trail, a series of designated paddling sections of the Quinebaug and French Rivers along their routes in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  For complete information, download the pdf file through the link below.

For more information please use the link below:
Quinebaug River Paddle Guide
US Army Corps of Engineers Boat Ramp
Parking Entrance near small bridge for Car Top Launch
Plenty of parking at the Boat Ramp
Parking for Car Top Launch
A view across the pond at the beach
Car Top launch for the pond and River Water Trail