Mauserts Pond (aka Clarksburg Reservoir) 

Last Updated: 3/2018
       Due to the excellent public access, this pond attracts plenty of anglers throughout the summer. The fishermen frequenting the pond at this time are "generalists," happy to take whatever they can catch. The extensive, dense weed beds have little impact on them, and as no bass are present, there is little incentive to use specialized lures or equipment. Ice fishermen like to hit this pond early in the season before the snow and ice build up. It will generally provide some good pickerel and perch action at that time, but don’t expect any trophies.
       The Department of Environmental Management controls this pond; hence there is public access all the way around it. There is no formal boat-launching ramp, but it is possible to launch car top boats. Because of the problems with geese, the DCR has put up a fence with a gate on the beach to discourage the geese.  They have carefully landscaped other areas to leave brush near the edge of the pond for the same reasons. A DCR employee said the best place to launch is the beach area.  Remember that swimmers use portions of this pond quite heavily during the summer.
Mauserts Pond Legend
       Mauserts Pond is a shallow, 49 acres man-made pond with a curious story. Though not documented, a legend has been passed down through the generations. Before the pond, this was once 52 acres of meadow that early settlers used for farming. Legend has it the settlers, to have a diversion from their routine and mundane lives, created a carnival atmosphere in the meadow featuring horse racing. This “sinful” pastime shocked the faithful folks in town. Having enough influence, the crusaders forced the venture to end by damming the brook and flooding the area so that it would not happen again.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:   1 hour
Total Distance:     1.5 miles
USGS Map:            North Adams, MA–VT (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address: 1200 Middle Rd, Clarksburg, MA 01247

Boat Launch:        Car top launch near beach.
Position: 42-44.15 N 73-04.49 W
Physical Features:
  • Area:                49 acres
  • Max depth:         8 feet
  • Average Depth:  5 feet
  • Transparency: Unknown
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, State Park
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1980
  • 6 species: chain pickerel, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, golden shiner and white sucker.
Put In and Take Out: 3.5 miles, 6 min.
From US Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) and Route 8 North Adams MA
  • Take Route 8 North/Beaver Street
  • At mile 3.1, turn left on Middle Road.
  • At mile 3.3, turn right into Clarksburg State Park.
  • At mile 3.5, arrive at parking and car top boat launch.
State Pond Map
Clarksburg State Park
      Clarksburg State Park offers 368 acres of abundant and unspoiled northern hardwood forest with breathtaking views of the Hoosac Range, Mount Greylock and the Green Mountains.
        Mauserts Pond has a landscaped day-use area featuring picnicking, and a pavilion area. Nine and a half miles of foot trails surround the pond where visitors may observe a variety of wildlife, and perhaps a moose. The three mile Pond Loop Trail is popular with birdwatchers, and the very easy Shoreline Trail has beautiful water views. Forty five well-spaced and wooded campsites are located near the lake, featuring a modern comfort station with showers.  Note that most Massachusetts Parks charge a $5.00 parking fee.  Season Statewide passes are available for $45.00 ($35.00 for residents).
        Anyone looking to boat or swim in Mauserts Pond should be aware the surface of the pond does show evidence of weeds. DCR employees reported weed control is applied as of 2014. For more information on aquatic vegetation management go to the link below:

Clarksburg State Park
Trail Map
      Camping is available at 44 sites.  No utilities are available but bathrooms and water at 4 locations is available.  Camping fee is $14.00 (MA residents $12.00).  Pets are welcome and alcohol prohibited.  Call for more information at
(413) 664-8345 and off season at (413) 499-4262.