Lake Lashaway

Last Updated: 3/2018
      This pond offers good fishing for a variety of warm water fish species. The largemouth bass and chain pickerel are both numerous, with many fish of good size. Panfish are very abundant, and good-sized bullheads, yellow perch and white perch were common in the survey. The pickerel population makes this a good bet for ice fishing. Although the lake has not been stocked with northern pike since 1993, due to the longevity of these fish, the possibility of catching a trophy here will remain for many years to come.

      Lashaway comes from a native american name meaning "Good Fishing". The water is brown in color. The shoreline is 90% developed with year round homes and cottages. 

Diversity in Paddling
      This paddle can be combined with the Quaboag River and/or the Brookfield River, Lake Lashaway, Quacumquasit Pond, and Wickaboag Pond.  We particularly enjoy paddling here because of all the flexibility available to the paddler.  If you want some place where you can explore a region on multiple days then this is a real opportunity.
       There is a certain placidness that effects us whenever we paddle these waters.  For the fisher the warm water species prevail allowing you to get lost in the cast and forget about time.  Let us know your experience.
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1.5 hour
Total Distance:       4.0 miles
Nearest Address:   
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Position:  42-14.63 N 72-02.50 W
USGS Map: Warren, MA  
Boat access is available through a paved ramp at the north end of the pond off of Harrington Street. Shore access is limited to the area adjacent to the ramp and along Route 9 on the south shore.
Portage to Brookfield River
Position: 42-13.57 N 72-03.00 W
Nearest Address: East Brookfield Recreation (508) 867-3832
105 School Street, East Brookfield, MA 01515 ‎
  • You must pass your boat up the rocks and over the railing to the side walk.
  • Carry your boat across the crosswalk.
  • Last carry your boat down to the grassy area and into Brookfield River.
Launch:  Car top carry in from School Street to the headwaters of this 2.4 mile river.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E

Physical Features
  • Area:                274 acres
  • Max depth:         18 feet
  • Average Depth:  10 feet
  • Transparency:    10 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Homes
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1994
  • 13 species:  largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, golden shiner, white sucker and fallfish. The most abundant gamefish are largemouth bass and the most abundant panfish are the white perch. The lake has been stocked with northern pike in the past.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 12.4 miles, 17 minutes):
From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
At the end of the ramp head southwest on I-84.
  1. At mile 0.9, take exit 3A to merge onto Route 20 East/Charlton Road toward Charlton.
  2. At mile 3.2, at stop light, turn left onto Route 49 North.
  3. At mile 10.6, turn left onto Route 9 East Main Street.
  4. At mile 11.3, turn right onto Harrington Street.
  5. At mile 12.2,  the road becomes Shore Road.
  6. At mile 12.4, arrive at the boat ramp on your left.  The ramp is paved but the parking is gravel for about 6 vehicles.
Portage to Brookfield River
1 Take Out at public dock area
 2 Carry over railing
State Pond Map
Boat Ramp
Rebuilt Spring 2016
3 Put in off of grass area
Lake Lashaway Community Association

Safe Boating and Use of the Lake
  • When this sign is up at the ramp to Lake Lashaway, only slow speed is legal anywhere on the lake. Any infraction is subject to police action. (Going too fast and creating a wake also includes no skiing or tubing when the sign is up)

  • All motorboats and personal watercraft exceeding 6 mph headway speed must use a counter-clockwise direction when traveling on the lake
  • Maximum speed of all watercraft is 45 mph daytime and 6 mph nightime
  • All powered boats or personal watercraft must yield right of way to other boats
  • Yellow buoys mark areas of danger, sandbars, sunken penninsulas or islands and are also found at the channel nearest the North End  Boat Ramp. No powered vessels are allowed to operate inside the yellow buoy markers off shore or within the fenced border of the Public Beach
  • Any person swimming more than 50 feet from shore, including any person under the supervision of a public beach employee, and including any person in a tube or air-filled raft or other device, must be accompanied by a manned boat no further than 25 feet away
  •  Off shore, anchored rafts or floats must be clearly marked so as to be seen at night. Recommended are white striping, markers or flags. If possible, shore floodlights should be used in the evening. These same anchored rafts or floats must be secure so as to remain in one location at all times.
  • Between sunset and sunrise, all moving boats (underway) must display a white light seen 360 degrees
  • All docks must be securely anchored down and should be brought in by December 1st
  • State regulations regarding the throwing of trash, cans, bottles or garbage into or around the lake are strictly enforced.