Shaw Pond

Last Updated: 9/2014
       This pond contains abundant structure and the surroundings are pleasant, but anglers seeking game fish action may be disappointed. Based on the survey, pickerel are the number one game fish to target. Though not overly abundant or of large average size, they far outnumber the bass, which are relatively scarce and of small average size. Historically this pond has been subject to wide oscillations of various fish populations, however, and bass may again resume the dominant game fish niche.
      Pan fish populations are negligible except for the yellow perch, which are abundant. A significant proportion of the population is in the 9 to 12 inch size range, indicating there is only limited fishing pressure on this species. Jigging through the ice should be very rewarding. Although returns have been poor, there is always the possibility of catching an enormous northern pike left over from the 1985 stocking.
      This warm water pond has a bottom composed primarily of muck, with some gravel along the point on the western shore and some rubble and clay along the eastern shore. Aquatic vegetation is relatively abundant and highly varied, ranging from bog species at the north end to submergents and emergents, which range from the vicinity of the boat ramp along the entire length of the southern shoreline. Development is moderate, but shore fishing is virtually precluded due to private ownership of much of the shoreline.
       Launch your boat and head north along the shore on the west side.  Summer homes dot the shoreline.  As you approach the north end there are a few small summer homes but mostly wetlands with tall grass and filled with wildlife.  It becomes shallow with weeds with Shales Brook entering.
       Turn south along the east shore and forested steep hill with no structures except one house.  It is surprising to find that a major highway, the Mass. Pike, is so close with little noise to show.
       As you approach the southern end in the summer the sound of campers for Camp Lenox abound.  See below for details.  Pass off the camp swimming beach and boat dock.  Follow a small shallow stream that can be paddle for about 100 yards before it become impassable.
      Return to the main pond and paddle north along the west shore.  Finish your paddle at the boat ramp.

Skill Level:             Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      1.5 miles
USGS Map:            Otis, MA & Stocbridge, MA
Launch Address:  

0.2 mile north of - 2100 North Main Road,Becket, MA 01238
Boat Launch:         Paved parking lot and boat ramp.
Position:   42-15.00 N 73-07.50 W    
Physical Features:
  • Area:                100 acres
  • Max depth:         19 feet
  • Average Depth:  13 feet
  • Transparency:      9 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Homes, National Park
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1982
  • 9 species: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, golden shiner, white sucker and common shiner.
Put In and Take Out: 8.1 miles, 12 min.
  • From US Route 90, Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 2:
  • At the end of the ramp turn left at the stoplight.
  • Continue straight at the next light on Route 20 East.
  • At mile 6.9, turn right onto Route 8 South.
  • At mile 8.1, turn left into parking lot for boat launch.
      A Public Access Board ramp managed by the Division of Forests and Parks provides access. This single, surfaced ramp is located on the southwestern shore of the pond and can only accommodate shallow draft boats, car top boats and canoes. It is adjacent to a parking lot with space for approximately 10 vehicles. 
State Pond Map
The Bridle Shiner
       The Bridle Shiner is a fish of special concern in Massachusetts, because its populations have been declining or have been extirpated in much of the region. The population in Shaw Pond is one of only six known populations in the Farmington River Watershed. This fish lives in well-vegetated, quiet waters, and is an important part of the freshwater ecosystems as prey for larger fish. The Brindle Shiner is also found in Shales Brook which feeds into Shaw Pond.
Camp Lenox
   Camp Lenox for Boys is founded in 1918 by the Sperling/Selverstone family, early pioneers in private summer camping. During this time, many other summer camps are established in the Northeast and the concept of a “traditional summer camp” comes into being. In 1985 the camp became co-ed welcoming girls for the first time.   It is now operated by third generation and is going strong for both boys and girls. ​

For more information visit the website:
Camp Lenox
Plenty of Parking for trailers and more
A Great State Boat Ramp