McLeod Pond

Last Updated:7/2018
        Anglers may be attracted to the remote, undeveloped setting, but unfortunately sport fishing is generally poor here. The overall species complex is unbalanced and dominated by pumkinseeds. Chain pickerel display poor growth rates and legal size fish seem scarce.  Bullheads are about five times less numerous than yellow perch and generally range from about seven inches to just under 11 inches. An experimental stocking of tiger muskies went in here in 1991, with the expectation of legal fish (28-inch minimum size) in 1996. The best fishing for now, however, is for abundant yellow perch ranging from five to ten inches in length. 
         This warm waterpond  is brown in color and the bottom is mud with numerous outcroppings of rock. There are one and a half miles of shoreline, all of it wooded and undeveloped. Emergent aquatic vegetation covers 60% of the surface area. 
          A little more than halfway up the pond is the largest of island that have several primitive campsites.  If you will probably have the entire pond to yourself.
Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      1.5 miles
USGS Map: Colrain, MA-VT (7.5’x15’)

Physical Features:
  • Area:                   40 acres
  • Max depth:           8 feet
  • Average Depth:    4 feet
  • Transparency:         feet
  • Terrain Type: Wilderness with no structures, Woods, Wetlands, Islands to explore.

Fish Population
  • Last survey 1979
  • 5 species:  Chain pickerel are the only gamefish present. Nongame fish include pumpkinseed, yellow perch and brown bullhead. Golden shiners are the chief forage base. ​   
State Pond Map
Catamount State Forest
      The official website for massachusetts State Parks and Forests has no details on this land.  The following came from the NEMBA website.
         The town of Catamount was originally settled in the early 1800's by a few loyal friends of a prominent Boston judge. These people all decided that the city life was getting a little too much and headed west to find an area to call their own. Catamount hill (not to be confused with the ski area of the same name) seemed a perfect spot to settle.
            They built a dam across the small stream and created the man-made McLeod Pond to serve as a water source for the community. Over the hills land was cleared and planted. Animals were allowed to graze. The small community struggled with the hardships associated with taming new country.
         After many years of continuous struggle and loss, the area was abandoned just prior to the turn of the century. The severe winters with massive amounts of snow, the poor growing conditions in the rocky soil were simply not the hardships the children of the original settlers wanted to deal with.
         Catamount's big claim to fame was that it featured the first public schoolhouse in the country to fly the United States flag (1812).  The school and most of the homes are gone with little trace and have been that way for around a century. Roads were open to vehicles up until recent years. Due to excessive erosion, exploration is now limited to those on foot, bike, or snowmobile.
        Today, the farms are mostly overgrown. Stone walls and foundations in a dense hardwood forest are the only remaining signs of the little community. The roads are still there. Badly eroded and impassable by conventional transportation, it provides a playground for trail enthusiasts.
     For more information, especially about Mountain Biking try the NEMBA link below:
New England Mountain Bike Association
     There is an excellent trail running site that produces maps.  Try the link below for a map:

Trail Running Map
Mc Leon Pond Launch
Position:  42-38.94 N 72-44.72 W
Boat Launch:
Access is the left fork off Stacy Road, a dirt road often suitable only for 4X4 vehicles. The only boat launching facility is an informal gravel ramp for car top boats and canoes.​
Nearest Launch Address:
Stacy Road, Colrain, MA 01340
(Go as far up this dirt road as possible to get to the pond)
Put-In Directions 12.4 miles, 20 minutes):
From Interstate 91 - Exit 26 Greenfield to Route 2 West.
  1. At mile 9.2, turn left on Mechanic Street.  Almost immediately turn right on Hope Street, then immediately turn right on Route 112 North towards Colrain/Jacksonville, VT. 
  2. Pass under Route 2.
  3. At mile 11.2, pass over the North River and turn left onto Charlemont Road.
  4. At mile 11.4, turn right onto Stacy Road and pass over Meadow Brook. This road is gravel/dirt all the way in.   There are no signs indicating the pond.
  5. At about mile 12.2, passs through a gate (difficult to see) onto a very narrow 4x4 road that will take you to the put-in location.
  6. You will need to park and carry in the last 50 to 100 yards because the road is impassible because of deep water areas on the road. (7/16/2018) 
The last 100 yards of road is impassible with multiple puddles like this.
Launch here and start exploring this unique pond.
It's just so beautiful you will want to stay longer than was planned.