Paradise Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018


       Kayakers, canoeists and fishing enthusiasts enjoy using Paradise Pond for their recreational pursuits. The numerous islands, inlets and coves provide great warm water fishing and countless exploring opportunities.  The largest island, which rise about 25 feet,  is covered with pine and birch trees. There is little undergrowth due to the pine needles covering the floor, so it makes a great spot to have lunch or sit with a special friend.
       Shoreline shrubs bloom throughout the spring and summer, but nothing beats the spectacular mountain laurel display in June, when the entire shoreline seems lit up with pale pink blossoms.
        Remember that t
he pond has no access for motorboats, and no development at all. 
        There are a couple of beaver homes, and several muskrat holes that have been observed so keep a lookout for these animals.  The north end of the pond has most of the wildlife, but is very shallow.

         At the south end is the outlet dam.  An old road is now only open for non-motorized vehicles and hikers.  If you have the time download a trail map and do some hiking after your paddle.
        The receding of the ice sheet ca. 15,000 years ago resulted in the formation of a knob and kettle landscape in which melting boulders of ice formed kettle holes that are fed by fresh water springs. Crows Hill Pond and Paradise Pond are examples of kettle holes.

Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1.5 hours
Distance around lake:  2.25 miles
USGS Map: Fitchburg, MA

Physical Features
  • Area:                 61 acres
  • Max depth:             feet
  • Average Depth:      feet
  • Transparency:       feet
  • Terrain Type: Islands, Woods, Roadway, State Forest
Fish Population
  • Last survey Unknown
  •  6 species :  warmwater base of fish from past surveys such as largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseeds and yellow bullheads
Paradise Pond Launch
Position:  42-30.07 N 71-51.45 W 
Boat Launch:
Roadside parking and gravel ramp, cartop non-motorized access only.
Nearest Launch Address:
64 Fitchburg Road, Princeston, MA 01541
Put-In Directions (3.6 miles, 6 minutes):
From Exit 28 of Route 2 - Fitchburg/Princeton - Route 31
  1. At the end of the ramp turn south on Route 31.
  2. At mile 3.2, you will see Paradise Pond on your left.
  3. At mile 3.6, still north of the dam area, arrive at the launch.​​
Park on this large roadside parking area.
Walk your car top boat to this launch area.
Leominster State Forest
       Leominster State Forest is a 4,500-acre parcel of forested land, located in the five towns of Westminster, Princeton, Leominster, Fitchburg and Sterling in North Central Massachusetts. The forest is conveniently located off of Rte 2 (exit 28), is an easy drive for local residents, and convenient from the Boston and Worcester communities. Parking is available along Rte. 31 in several areas.
      From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking fees are charged in the paved parking lots. The forest offers recreational opportunities year round, ranging from mountain biking and swimming in the summer to cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Nature lovers will enjoy the numerous hiking trails, the prolific mountain laurel bloom in late June, early July and the opportunity to observe all kinds of wildlife.  For more information use the links below:
Leominster State Forest
Trail Map