Indian Lake​
aka North Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
      Indian Lake supports an ample panfish population, especially of Black Crappie, which provides plenty of recreational fishing opportunities. Good sized Yellow Perch and White Perch are also commonly caught. Common Carp are also abundant and average between 5 and 10lbs. Most of the Carp in Indian Lake appear to be of the “mirror” variety, displaying only a few large scales. Carp put up an excellent battle and can provide plenty of excitement when hooked on light spinning tackle. Indian Lake has produced Northern Pike, White Perch and Black Crappie that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program.
         Due to extensive shoreline development, shore fishing is limited to areas in Morgan Park, adjacent to the ramp, Shore Park located off Shore Drive on the lakes northern shore, and the Indian Lake Beach at 20 Clason Rd.
​       June 2010 bass tournament report:    Total count by the club (about 8 boats) was 22 bass taken. 21 were largemouth bass and one was smallmouth. There were 2 - 4 pounders, 2 – 3 ½ pounders, and a number of 1 ½ - 2 pounders.

       Indian Lake is a Great Pond situated in the northern part of Worcester between Interstate 190 and Route 122A.  The waters are
turbid, often with a brownish or greenish tinge resulting from high levels of dissolved nutrients and periodic algal blooms. The bottom is muck and rock and the shoreline is heavily developed with residential dwellings and commercial buildings. Indian Lake is subject to a historical drawdown during winter, thus, water depths may vary.

Shore Park
         Shore Park (115 Shore Drive) offers a 5-acre beach that is open to the public July 1 to late August and offers a lifeguard from noon to 7 pm. It is a well kept area.
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1.5 hour
Total Distance:       3.7 miles
Nearest Address:  
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Position: 42-17.59 N 71-48.97 W   
USGS Map: Worcester North, MA  
There is an excellent paved boat launch.  The parking area can accommodate approximately 20 cars.
Physical Features
  • Area:                207 acres
  • Max depth:         19 feet
  • Average Depth:    8 feet
  • Transparency:       5 feet
  • Terrain Type: Urban environment, Homes, highway, two city parks
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1996
  • 14 species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Black Crappie, White Perch, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Bullhead, Common Carp, Golden Shiner, Banded Killifish, and White Sucker.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 11.4 miles, 15 minutes):
From Exit 10 Auburn Worcester of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. Keep left, follow signs for Worcester/Oxford/Route 20 East.
  2. At mile 0.5, keep left at the fork, follow signs for Interestate 290 East/Worcester and merge onto Interstate 290 East.
  3. At mile 8.3, use the right lane to take exit 19-20 for Interstate 190 North toward Route 12/Holden/Fitchburg.
  4. At mile 9.1, take Exit 1 onto Gold Star Blvd toward Route 12/West Boylston Street.
  5. At mile 9.3, Merge onto Gold Star Blvd.
  6. Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left (signs for Interstate 190 North/Leominster/Fitchburg)
  7. At mile  9.8, turn left at the 1st cross street onto Shore Drive.
  8. The lake will be on your left as you pass the YMCA.
  9. At mile  10.5, Turn left onto Holden Street.
  10. At mile 11.1, at stop sign, turn left onto Grove Street.
  11. At mile 11.3, arrive at the boat ramp on your left.

      Indian Lake was once known as North Pond. The pond encompassed about forty acres, and was surrounded by marshes and farmland. Its outlet, Mill Brook, was the main source of power for many of the industrial mills in Worcester, including North Works of the American Steel and Wire Company.
        The lake has a facinating history that is well worth reading.  Click below for the whole story.
Indian Lake History
State Pond Map
Indian Lake Watershed Association

       The ILWA has worked feverishly for over 30 years to restore and preserve the environmental quality of Indian Lake as well as improve the neighborhood surrounding it. The ILWA initiates and implements neighborhood projects throughout the entire 10 square mile Indian Lake Watershed including park/memorial cleanups and maintenance, water quality monitoring, storm drain stenciling and identifying potential threats to Indian Lake and its tributaries. A major element of any project we take on includes educational outreach through presentations, newsletters and working hand and hand with city officials.
   ILWA’s ongoing projects include:
  • Parks improvements and maintenance at Morgan Park, Frostholm Memorial, Hapgood-Brooks Memorial and Shore Park.
  • Semi-annual cleanups and plantings throughout the watershed.
  • Educational outreach through semi-annual newsletters, membership drives and presentations.
  • Partnering with other neighborhood, business and environmental groups to make our city a better place for residents and visitors.

For more information on Indian Lake and projects, click below: