Lake Rohnta

Last Updated: 4/2018
            This pond offers good fishing for an assortment of warm water species. Largemouth bass, chain pickerel and yellow perch should provide excellent fishing. The use of weedless hooks is a must to fish this lake. With the abundance of forage present, the northern pike have grown rapidly and are providing an exciting addition to the lake’s many fishing options. (1993) 
         The bottom is predominantly mud with a few areas of sand in the north basin. Aquatic weeds are extremely heavy throughout the south basin and are moderate too heavy in the north basin.  The shoreline is only 15% developed, but shoreline-fishing access is limited to the area adjacent to Route 2. Boat access is located at the rest area off Route 2 on the north basin, and but is suitable for only car top boats and canoes.
        A culvert connects the north and south basins and is large enough to pass car top boats. The dense growth of aquatic weeds in the southern basin makes the use of any outboard motor difficult. Summer recreational usage of this lake is extremely light because of the heavy weed growth. 
       The Lake Rohunta Beach Association is on FaceBook and should be visited by anyone wanting to use the lake.  There is the latest information about the lake and many historical and recent photos.
Skill Level:           Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:  4 hours
Total Distance:    11.9 miles 
  • North Basin:  1.2 miles
  • Middle Basin: 6.0 miles
  • South Basin:  4.7 miles
USGS Map:          Orange, MA (7.5’x15’)

Physical Features
  • Area:                383 acres
  • Max depth:         15 feet (north basin)
  • Average Depth:    4 feet
  • Transparency:    Good 
  • Terrain Type: Park, Homes 15%, Woods, Wetlands and State Forest in South Basin.
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1978
  • 10 species: largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, bluegill, longear sunfish, golden shiner, black crappie, brown bullhead and white sucker. Northern pike were stocked in the lake in 1985 and 1987. 
From Route 2, Exit 16 – (1.0 miles, 4 minutes)
  • At the end of the ramp turn onto Route 202 South Amherst/Belchertown
  • At mile 0.3, turn left onto Eagleville Road.
  • At mile 1.0, almost at the end of the road, on your right, is the boat ramp

Lake Rohunta Beach Association 
Lake Rohnta - South and Middle Basin Launches
Position: 42-32.08 N 72-16.38 W​
Boat Launch:
Two gravel boat ramps directly off road. One for the South Basin and one for the Middle Basin.  Limited roadside parking.
Nearest Launch Address:
50 Branch Bridge Road, Orange, MA
From Route 2, Exit 16 (3.0 miles, 7 minutes):
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn onto  Route 202 South.
  2. At mile 1.0, turn left onto Old South Road.
  3. At mile 1.2, the road becomes Blackinton Road.
  4. At mile 2.5, turn left onto the dirt road Branch Bridge Road.
  5. At mile 3.0, arrive at the two dirt boat ramps.  These ramps can be used to portage between basins.
South Basin Launch.
A view of a causway and the North Basin Launch.
Lake Rohnta - Middle and North Basin Launch
Position: 42-33.65 N 2-16.50 W​
Boat Launch:
State Boat ramp.
Nearest Launch Address:
130 Eagleville Road, Orange, MA 01364
From Route 2, Exit 16  (1.1 miles, 4 minutes)
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn onto  Route 202 South.
  2. At mile 0.4,tTurn left onto Eagleville Road.
  3. At mile 1.1, turn right at the following sign.
A very well aintained paved boat rap.
This handicap access Fishing Pier is available.
Travel under the Route 2 Bridge to get to the North Basin.
State Pond Map