Lower Mill Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
           Electrofishing at Lower Mill Pond in East Hampton on 6/6/02 resulted in the collection of three largemouth bass, three yellow perch, and three bluegill. Trotlines set overnight and retrieved on 6/7/02 resulted in the collection of three yellow bullhead. Additional species observed included pumpkinseed, chain pickerel, American eel, white perch, white sucker, and bowfin Amia calva.
        All fish tissue data met DWM data quality objectives and passed quality control acceptance limits of the WES laboratory. 
Surface Water    
(The following taken from: Easthampton Open Space and Recreation Plan 2013)
     The pond system in Easthampton was created to supply industrial waterpower early in the town's history. There are four ponds in this system fed by various streams:
  • Upper Rubber Thread Pond, which is fed by Wilton Brook and outlets to Rubber Thread Pond
  • Rubber Thread Pond, which flows into Nashawannuck Pond
  • Nashawannuck Pond, which receives water from both the Broad and White Brook watersheds in addition to Wilton Brook
  • Lower Mill Pond, which is fed by the Brickyard Brook watershed and which then outlets under Ferry Street and flows a short distance to the Manhan River
    Land development and corresponding impervious surfaces in the watersheds that drain to these ponds continue to result in water quality and aesthetic problems.
Millside Park
          Located at 2 Ferry Street along the Manhan Rail Bike Path, the Lower Mill Pond Park is designed for passive recreation as well an entertainment complex with an acoustical band shell that host the “Arts in the Park” concert series Friday evenings during the summer months. The park has great water views with picnic tables, seasonal restrooms, a basketball court, outdoor exercise equipment and Manhan Rail Bike Path access. This facility is open to the public and rental opportunities are available by contacting the Parks and Recreation office.

Friends of the Manhan Rail Trail
         We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, beautifying, and enjoying the Manhan Rail Trail, a 6 mile paved recreational path that runs through our city.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hours
Total Distance       2.3 miles
USGS Map: Easthampton, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:  Millside Park, 2 Ferry Street Easthampton, MA 01027
StartFragmentPosition:      42-16.46 N 72-39.47 W      
Boat Launch:  At the Lower Mill Pond a paved boat launch provides access. The Manhan Rail Trail and Lower Mill Pond (Millside) Park border the northwestern shore of the pond. Work here in recent years is helping to realize the Urban Rivers vision of this area as a recreational common.
3/6/15 NEWS:
         Polluted urban runoff is hurting water quality in Easthampton's Lower Mill Pond, a team of graduate students from the Conway School of Landscape Design told a community gathering Thursday night.
       The 30-acre Lower Mill Pond was created in the mid-1800's by the industrialist Samuel Williston, according to local histories. It's fed by the Brickyard Brook watershed and flows into the Manhan River.
       The Conway School students have been studying a portion of the pond's watershed as a service to the city of Easthampton. The students have generated maps using Geographic Information Systems which show storm water drains, areas of impervious surface, ownership patterns, and more.
Physical Features:
  • Area:                29.6 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Urban, City Park, Cemetary, wetland to the south.
  • Aquatic life impairment due to non-native aquatic plants, nutrient/eutrophication bilogical indicators, and phosphorous.
Fish Population
  • Unknown

Put In and Take Out:  3.7 miles, 7 min.
From US Route 91 take exit 18:
  • At the end of the ramp of Exit 18 (Northampton Center), turn right, south, at the stoplight onto Route 5 South.
  • At mile 1.3, turn right onto East Street toward Easthampton Center.
  • At mile 2.7, turn slight right onto Ferry Street.
  • The pond will appear on your left and mill buildings on your right.
  • At mile 3.6, turn left into Millside Park just before the crossing for the Manhan rail-trail.
  • The boat ramp is off the parking lot where there are restrooms available in warm weather.

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Friends of the Manhan Rail Trail
Manhan Rail Trail
Pass close to the pond
Boat Ramp
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Plenty of Parking