Manchaug Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
        The fishing pressure is intense, and bass over a pound or two are decidedly scarce. This is a good pond to fish for bass in early spring, before the recreational boat traffic becomes distracting. Perch fishing is generally good, although average perch size is around 7-8 inches, with white perch fishing
predominating. The bluegills are very good, with plenty of fish 8 inches or better. Pickerel are scarce, but lunkers are regularly taken through the ice. While pike are no longer stocked here, the possibility of catching a very large example from the 1989 stocking will remain for some years to come.   

       Manchaug Pond is a improved great pond located on the Sutton-Douglas line. There are several islands and rock piles, and boaters should be particularly careful when leaving the cove the ramp is on, as the passage to the main body is narrow and bordered by a submerged stone wall.
      The water is somewhat dark, but visibility generally extends to at least 6 feet or more. Aquatic vegetation is relatively sparse, but there are some big patches along the western shoreline, around the islands and in the coves. Recreational use is very high during the late spring and summer, with numerous power, sail and ski boats.

       Be aware that seaplanes do land on this pond so keep that in mind.
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    2 hour or more
Distance around lake:    5.9 miles

Nearest Address:  
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Position: 42-05.48 N 71-46.11 W 
 USGS Map: Oxford, MA
Boat access is provided by a large, paved public access ramp on the southeastern end of the pond off Torrey Road.  Weekends are often busy, and parking is limited to about 50 vehicles.  Please be sure to be respectful of the rules at the ramp, as vehicles parked in inappropriate areas will be ticketed. Rates are $6.00/car/day for in-state and $12.00/car/day for out-of-state.  In-state residents may purchase a season’s pass at the Sutton Town Hall for $20.

Physical Features
  • Area:                365 acres
  • Max depth:         37 feet
  • Average Depth:  13 feet
  • Transparency:      6 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded
Fish Population
  • 10 species:   Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Brown Bullhead, and Golden Shiner.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 5.8 miles,10 minutes):
From Exit 4 of Route 395
  1. Head east on Sutton Avenue it becomes Central Turnpike.
  2. At mile 3.3, turn right onto Manchaug Road.
  3. At mile 5.6, continue straight onto Torrey Road.
  4. At mile 5.8, turn right into the State Boat Ramp.​  There may be a ramp fee.  It is open from Dawn to Dusk.
The History of the Town of Sutton
Written in 1876

The village of Manchaug (as also the pond) derives its name from a noted Indian chief who was drowned in the pond now known by that name, and is situated upon the north branch of Mumford river, a tributary of the Blackstone. Its hydraulic power is derived from this stream, which is, in reality, the outflow of a chain of ponds lying within a radius of four or five miles, and covering an area of one thousand acres, nearly. Among the number may be mentioned Manchaug pond, Douglas reservoir and Stevens pond, which, in addition to being fed by perennial springs, have a large and increasing supply from other extensive sheets of water. The extent of country drained is estimated as follows: Douglas reservoir, six to seven thousand acres; Manchaug reservoir, three thousand to three thousand five hundred acres, and Stevens reservoir, one thousand five hundred acres. The quantity of power derived is attributed to the springs alluded to, and the great and rapid fall of the river, which in less than one-fourth of a mile is eighty-three feet. The remarkable advantages of this stream as a motive power have been increased by building a dam at the outlet of each of these ponds or reservoirs, which give the water an additional fall of several feet. 
State Pond Map
Manchaug Pond Foundation

       The Manchaug Pond Foundation, a 501 (c)(3)  non-profit conservation public charity, dedicated to the preservation and correct use of this 380-acre Manchaug Pond located in the towns of Sutton and Douglas and its 4,288 acre watershed stretching from Oxford, Sutton and Douglas.  For over 45 years, the members of the Manchaug Pond Foundation and its predecessor, Manchaug Pond Association have served a leadership role as stewards of the lake and watershed, advocates and educators for its proper use and preservation as part of the Blackstone River system.
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Manchaug Pond