Loon Pond

Last Updated: 7/2018
          As an inner city pond, Loon Pond is managed as a high production small bass pond to provide maximum angling recreation. The pond receives intensive fishing pressure for bass and panfish alike. Yellow perch are abundant and show good growth rates with many fish nine inches or better. Bluegills and pumpkinseeds are over abundant and their harvest is encouraged. White perch are dominated by a 1975-year class of nine-inch fish. Loon pond is stocked with trout in the spring, and is stocked again in the fall when trout are available. 

             Loon Pond off Pasco Road was once the site of Joyland, which featured exhibition high diving and a dance club. Way past its glory days it was still a decent beach even after it was closed for years. The city bought the pond and “Jam’s Beach” from a private owner 2007 with the intention of cleaning it up and opening it to swimmers that summer.
              As of 2012, the beach area is a restoration of the former beach, as the city upped its landholdings on the pond to 35 percent of the shoreline and reestablished the beach. You can swim safely there during the summer, as lifeguards are on duty. The restroom provides a convenient area to change before and after swimming. The city is building condominiums on its property, so the view on the pond will be changing.
               The bottom is a mixture of sand and gravel to a depth of 12 feet. Aquatic vegetation is scant. Shoreline is 35 percent park, 35 percent residential, and 30 percent commercial.  Access is a county right of way off Pasco Street. There is an informal gravel ramp, but motor boats are restricted. 
    Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
    Estimated Time:    1 hour
    Total Distance:       0.8 miles
    USGS Map:  Springfield North, MA and Ludlow, MA
Physical Features
  • Area:                  29 acres
  • Max depth:         25 feet
  • Average Depth:  12 feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Homes,City Beach
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1979
  • 9 species.  Largemouth bass were the only gamefish found. Nongame fish included yellow perch, white perch pumpkinseeds, bluegill, redbreasted sunfish, golden shiners, white sucker and killifish.

State Pond Map
Loon Pond Launch
Position:  42-08.54 N 72-30.10 W
Boat Launch:
There is an informal gravel ramp, but motor boats are restricted, limited parking. 
Nearest Launch Address:
 423 Pasco Road, Springfield, MA 01119
Put-In Directions (4.5 miles, 10 minutes):
From Exit 6 US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) Springfield  
  1. At end of the ramp, at the stoplight turn left on Route 291 West.
  2. At mile 1.0, take Exit 5 towards Indian Orchard and E. Springfield.  Keep left on the ramp.
  3. At mile 1.3, turn left at the stoplight on Route 20 East, Page Boulevard.
  4. At mile 4.1 , turn right at the stoplight onto Pasco Road.​
  5. At mile 4.5, turn left into gravel access boat ramp.
Gravel boat ramp.  Please don't leave trash around.
A view from the Boat Ramp.
Loon Pond Beach
When will they reopen access to the Pond?
It will take Springfield some work here.