Nashawannuck Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
       This pond is stocked with trout every spring and fall, but the heaviest fishing pressure for trout is from late April through early May. The majority of the largemouth bass are in the 10 to 12 inch range, but sampling revealed some good bass in the 16 - 23 inch category. Panfish are plentiful. Yellow perch and black crappie were the most common panfish sampled. 
   The Nashawannuck Pond is a primary landmark of downtown Easthampton. It was created in 1846 by Samuel Williston to provide water power to an expanding base of manufacturing facilities. In 1985 the community purchased this body of water from the J.P. Stevens Company. In an effort to enlist public and private support for the protection and restoration of this valuable resource, the Board of Selectmen instituted the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee. A comprehensive study of the pond was performed in the late 1980's with a management plan published and presented to the community.  Three tributaries flow into Nashawannuck Pond: Broad Brook, Wilton Brook, and White Brook.
The Gateway to the Cottage Street Cultural District
       Nashawannuck Pond, "Nash Pond", "The Bottle", or the center of WhoVille . . .  whatever you want to call it, Nashawannuck Pond is unique: a jewel and much loved landmark that connects and binds the community of Easthampton, Massachusetts. 
     Nashawannuck Pond is bordered on the north by the planned and preserved open space of Nonotuck Park, its center being in the thriving downtown business district and at the gateway to the Cottage Street Cultural District. Its waters extend over an historic dam, past One Cottage Street Studios mill building, along the Manhan Rail Trail and on toward Millside Park.  
     The Lower Pond ends appropriately at the historic mill district. This group of former industrial mills, including the transformed Eastworks and Paragon Arts buildings, are examples of how Easthampton has embraced its past while continuing its renaissance as an arts and business community.  Nowhere in Western Mass is there a more photogenic skyline than is captured from Nashawannuck Pond with Mount Tom as its backdrop.  For the latest news, video gallery, and more, click the button below.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    2 hours
Total Distance:       2.4 miles
USGS Map: Easthampton, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:  41 Water Lane, Easthampton, MA 01027 
StartFragmentPosition:  42-15.56 N 72-40.87 W
Car top launch - Former Town Beach.
Boat access (canoes, kayaks, non-motorized boats) is available on Water Lane.  Limited parking is available and boats must be hand-trucked to the water.

2/15 NEWS:
         The former Boathouse Beach on Nashawannuck Pond will soon be accessible to boaters and fishermen again, with a number of significant improvements.
          Sometime in June, a precast concrete boat ramp will be installed, and barricades preventing vehicles from entering the boat launch area at the end of Water Street will be removed, said Paul Nowak of the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee.
      In addition to the boat ramp, the area will be improved with a parking area, turn-around for trailers and rain garden, all at no cost to the city.
       The improvements will be provided by theMassachusetts Office of Fishing and Boating Access
Physical Features:
  • Area:                22 acres
  • Max depth:       12 feet
  • Average Depth:  4 feet
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Urban, City Park, Cemetary, wetland to the south.
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1979
  • 12 species:  Resident gamefish include
    largemouth bass and chain pickerel. Panfish species include yellow perch, longear sunfish, bluegill, pumpkinseed and black crappie. Brown bullhead, white suckers and carp are also present. 
Put In and Take Out: 3.8 to 4.2 miles, 7 min.
From Interstate 91 in Holyoke
  • From 91 traveling South Take Exit 17, Easthampton/Holyoke
  • From 91 traveling North, Take Exit 17B Easthampton
  • From the end of the ramp follow Route 141 West toward Easthampton.
  • Route 141 rises and eventually passes The Log Cabin restaurant on your left and the entrance to Mount Tom Reservation on your right as you enter the town of Easthampton.
  • Travel down from this notch into the town of Easthampton proper.
  • At mile 3.7 or 4.1, turn left on Green Street and follow it to the end.
  • Turn right and the launch is immediately on your left at a dirt pull over.  You can see the pond.
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Parking for about 4 vehicles (or park on street)
NEW! State Paved Pull over.