Pepper Mill Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
       Boat fishing is allowed on Pepper's Mill Pond with non-motorized, carry-in boats.  Follow Quabbin Fishing Rules for this pond.
For the best description for fishing, check out the following link from the Massachusetts Bass Fishing website:
         Put in you canoe or kayak near the spillway at the southern end.  You will encounter some downed trees in the first few tenths of a mile a this end.  Continue north and you will encounter a large section of lilly pads if it is summer.  At the northern end you will pass under a power line crossing.  In the spring you may be able to continue north into the small stream that leads to Goodnough Dike.
        After you are done with your paddle, consider visiting the Quabbin Dams and Park. Stop at the visitors center and learn some history. The Quabbin Visitor Center is open and staffed  seven days a week through most of the year from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (413-323-7221) Quabbin related materials, including brochures, maps and books, are available at the Center, which is operated in cooperation with the Friends of Quabbin, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the programs of the Visitor Center.  

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       1.1 miles
USGS Map: Chester, MA (7.5’x15’)

Physical Features
  • Area:                  11.3 acres
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Woods, Wetlands, downed trees, weeds.
Fish Population
  • Stocked with trout.  There are reports of Bass.
Quabbin Fishing
Mass. Bass Fishing
Pepper Mill Pond Launch
Position: 42-16.85 N 72-18.22 W
Boat Launch:
Car top launch only with plenty of parking across Route 9.
Nearest Launch Address:
540 Belchertown Rd, Ware, MA 01082
Put-In Directions (10.53 miles, 16 minutes):
From US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) take Exit 8 Palmer/Ware: 
  1. At the end of the ramp turn left at stop light onto Route 32 North, Hardwick/Ware.
  2. At mile 7.0, turn left onto Anderson Road.
  3. At mile 8.2, turn left onto Route 9 West.  There is a climbing lane.​

  4. At mile 10.5, arrive at the pond on your right.  There is a small dam.  Across the road is a small parking area.  Its very easy to miss.
  5. If you come to a sign on your right for Quabbin Reservoir West Gate, turn around because you just missed it.​​
Car top boat launch area. 
A very nice old dam with a spillway.
Quabbin Park Brochure
A view looking north.  There is a nice trail on the right (east) side of the pond.