Lake Quinsigamond
​including Flint Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
       Rod and reel angling for trout and salmon is best in the deeper, cooler northern basin, the habitat preferred by cold water fish. Try the southern half of the basin, above Flint Pond and north to the Route 9 bridge, for largemouth bass.  Chain pickerel fishing should be best in the southern basin below Route 9 and in Flint Pond. The Flint Pond area is favored habitat for largemouth bass. Panfish are virtually everywhere. Ice fishing is popular here, but because of its large size, this lake is one of the last in the area to acquire safe ice every winter. Be cautious! Jigging for yellow perch should be best in the southern areas. Pike can turn up almost anywhere, but Flint Pond is our best bet.

       Lake Quinsigamond is a lake located in the heart of Worcester County between the city of Worcester and the Town of Shrewsbury. There are really three distinct sections; the deep, narrow northern basin, the shallower southern basin with its many coves and islands, and the shallow, southernmost section known as Flint Pond.
     The shore is highly developed with many private homes and several commercial establishments. Fishing, boating, water skiing, and swimming are popular activities.  The presence of two state parks, several private beaches and marinas further facilitates such recreation. The large size of Lake Quinsigamond makes it possible to pursue individual recreational interests, particularly fishing, in areas relatively free from the disturbance of other activities. 

Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1.5 hour
Total Distance:       18.2 miles
Northern Basin: 10.2 Miles
Flint Pond North: 3.0 miles
Flint Pond South: 5.0 miles{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E
Northern - Leo R. Corazzini Memorial Boat Ramp
Nearest Address:  
237 North Quinsigamond Ave, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Position: 42-17.46 N 71-45.35 W
USGS Map: Worcester North, MA and Marlborough, MA and Milford, MA
Large public ramps offering plenty of parking are located off North Quinsigamond Avenue and Route 20. 
Southern Oak Island Boat Ramp
Nearest Address:  
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Position: 42-14.56 N 71-44.24 W 
USGS Map: Worcester North, MA and Marlborough, MA and Milford, MA
There is an excellent paved boat launch.  The parking area can accommodate approximately 40 cars and their trailers.
Physical Features
  • Area:              772 acres
  • Max depth:       80 feet
  • Average depth: 30 feet
  • Northern Basin Average Depth: 33 feet
  • ​Flint Pond in the south Average Depth: 9 feet
  • Transparency:   varys based on what basin  you are in and time of year.
  • Terrain Type: Urban environment, Homes, highway, commercial, two state parks, and one city park, private and public beaches.
Fish Population
The lake supports both warm water fish (such as largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, bluegills, and pumpkinseeds) and cold water fish (such as rainbow smelt and stocked trout and salmon).  Northern pike and tiger muskies have been stocked here regularly since the 1980s, and ice fishermen routinely take northerns in the 20-pound range. This water has produced a former state record tiger muskie over 19 pounds, as well as a former state record carp over 42 pounds. 

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.    
East Side Trail Map
Quinsigamond State Park

       Quinsigamond State Park consists of two sites located on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester: Regatta Point and Lake Park. The 25 acre Regatta Point area offers facilities for swimming, sailing, picnicking and fishing. The area is used extensively for sailing and rowing crew regattas.
         The 2,000 meter rowing course established on Lake Quinsigamond is internationally recognized as one of the best courses in the world. The Lake Park area provides a number of recreational opportunities including a picnic area and tennis courts.

For more information on Quinsigamond State Park, click below:
Quinsigamond State Park
State Pond Map