Lake Watatic

Last Updated: 6/2018
Skill Level:                    Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:           1 hour
Distance around lake:  2.5 miles
USGS Map:  Ashburnham, MA and Winchendon, MA

Physical Features:
  • Area:  133 acres
  • Max depth:            feet
  • Average Depth:     feet
  • Transparency:       feet
  • Terrain Type: Conservation Land, Woods, Homes, small islands
Fish Population
  • Last survey: Unknown


       In the 1700’s, Lake Watatic was a meadow and a small swamp. Jacob Ward, the great, great, great, great, great grandfather of Granville Rideout, built an eight foot high dam in 1772 to make a storage pond to supply water to power several mills in the area, including his own. His mill was a three story high building where chairs and other wooden ware items were made. The mills prospered, and Ashburnham became well known for its furniture manufacturing industry. 
         Read the complete history by clicing below:

Lake History
Lake Watatic Launch
Position: 42-41.60 N 71-55.80 W
Boat Launch:
From the address, go south on dirt road to conservation land.
Access through Town Conservation Land. Car top carry in with roadside parking.

Nearest Launch Address:
79 Ferin Road, Ashburnham, MA 01430
Put-In Directions (12.0 miles, 23 minutes):
From Exit 24 of Route 2  for Route 140 North Winchendon:
  1. Head north on Route 140 North.
  2. At mile 2.6, turn right onto Pearl Street/Route 101 North toward Ashburnham.
  3. At mile 5.9, turn left, at flashing yellow light, onto Corey Hill Road.
  4. At mile 6.8, cross Route 12 and continue onto Lashua Road.
  5. At mile 7.2, turn left onto Lake Road​.
  6. At mile 7.3, slight left to stay on Lake Road.
  7. At mile 9.9, the road becomes East Rindge Road.
  8. At mile 10.3, go slight right onto Lakeshore Drive.
  9. At mile 12.1, park at the Conservation Area entrance.
Park outside the gate.
Carry your boats about 30 yards down the peninsula.
Learn more from the links below:
Watatic Lake Association Inc.
Ashburnham Lakes Coalition
There is a primitve picnic area at the end of the peninsula.
A view looking south on a rainy day.