Russell Pond  
StartFragment(aka Woronoake Lake & Hazzard Pond)EndFragment

Last Updated: 3/2018
            This pond once supported a spring trout fishery, but trout are probably no longer present, as the pond has been dropped from the MDFW stocking list, primarily due to the public access problem. Neither the bass nor the pickerel populations show much promise, as most of the ones which turned up in the sample were of small size and relatively uncommon.  Best bet here is probably winter jigging for yellow perch. Perch are the dominant panfish, show above average growth rates, and there are fair numbers in the 9 to 12 inch size range. 
  • USGS Map:  Blanford, MA (7.5’x15’)
  • Nearest Address:   70 Birch Hill Rd, Russell, MA 01071
  • Position:   42-09.43 N 72-51.66 W
  • Boat Launch: Access and parking are extremely limited, but car top boats and canoes can be launched from the beach from September through June. The unpaved parking area can accommodate approximately 10 vehicles. Public access is restricted to daylight hours and only electric motors are allowed. 
  • Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
  • Estimated Time:    1 hour
  • Total Distance:       1.6 miles
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  82.2 acres
  • Max depth:         34 feet
  • Average Depth:  15 feet
  • Transparency:    12 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, State Park
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1980
  • 9 species.  largemouth bass, chain pickerel, rainbow
    trout, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, rock bass and golden shiner. 
Put In and Take Out: 9.8 miles, 18 min.
From Exit 3 US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) Westfield
  • At the end of the ramp at the stoplight turn right onto Route 202 South toward Westfield.
  • Follow this into the center of Westfield.
  • At mile 1.5, turn right on Route 20 West, Franklin Street.
  • At mile 7.2, turn left on Route 23 West toward Blanford/Otis on Blanford Road.
  • At mile 8.9, turn left onto General Knox Road.
  • At mile 9.6, turn right onto Birch Hill Road.  
  • The put-in is on the left about a tenth of a mile down.

Moses Scout Reservation
Horace A. Moses   
        Beginning in 1919, Moses began acquiring land in the South Quarter section of Russell, Massachusetts. The hill-top property, known as Woronoake Heights, became the Moses' summer estate and encompassed 1600 acres, including a private 90-acre lake (now known as Russell Pond and formerly as Hazzard Pond). The family, along with numerous summer staff, raised prized apples, steer, and award-winning hunting dogs on the property. Shortly before his death in 1947, he began selling sections of the estate to the Hampden Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The council operated the property as the Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation and included three camps, although these have since been consolidated into a single facility. Today, many structures original to Moses still stand, including his weekend home, known locally as The Manor House (and formerly as "Memorial Lodge"). Other remaining buildings (and their current names/uses within the camp) include the dairy milking station (blacksmith shop), guest house (Sachem Lodge), and caretaker cabin (Overlook Lodge) The camp is now operated by the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Silver Beaver Award given to Moses now hangs in the camp office. 
       Read more about Moses at Wikipedia and other links below:
Horace A. Moses
Moses Scout Reservation
Face Book: Moses Scout Reservation
State Pond Map