South Meadow Pond, Mossy Pond, and Coachlace Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
      Each spring trout are stocked to provide recreational sport fishing. Due to its proximity to Clinton, fishing pressure is usually moderate to heavy, particularly in the spring. Fishing for bass and pickerel should be productive, as good cover is present along much of the shorelines. Winter jigging for yellow perch should result in some good creels. For those who enjoy catching and eating bullheads (hornpout), there are good populations in all three ponds.


      Located approximately one and a half miles southwest of Clinton center. The eastern portion of South Meadow pond is connected to Mossy Pond and Coachlace Pond by navigable culverts.
   The island in Mossy Pond is Public Land.  The land separating South Meadow Pond and Mossy Pond that is wooded and has a powerline crossing is also public land.
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance around ponds:  6.0 miles
Total Area: 129 acres
Nearest Address:  
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Position:  42-24.86 N 71-42.60 W
USGS Map: Hudson, MA
An improved access on South Meadow Road which bisects South Meadow Pond for canoe and car top boats accessability to the three ponds. 

Physical Features

  • South Meadow Pond
  • Area: 68 acres
  • Distance: 1.8 + 1.8 = 3.6 miles
  • Mossy Pond
  • Area: 28 acres
  • Distance: 1.3 miles
  • Coach Lace
  • Area: 33 acres
  • Distance: 1.1 miles
  • Access: Duck Harbor Park
    42-24.90 N 71-41.55 W
    The corner of New Harbor Road and Coachlace Street

  • Max Depth: 27 feet
  • Avg Depth: 9 feet
  • Terrain Type:  Houses, Island, Railroad Track, Woods, several culverts.
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1997
  •  11 species : Rainbow Trout from the spring stocking. Resident gamefish include largemouth bass and chain pickerel. Yellow perch, white perch, black crappie, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, brown bullheads, and yellow bullheads compose the panfish fauna. Golden shiners are also present.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions (3.6  miles, 8 minutes):
From Exit 6 of Route 190 - Sterling/Clinton

  1. At the end of the ramp, turn south on Route 12
  2. At mile 1.8, in the middle of Sterling, turn left onto Maple Street.
  3. At mile 2.2, turn right onto Kendall Hill Road.
  4. ​At mile 2.6, turn right to stay on Kendall Hill Road.
  5. At mile 3.3, turn right onto Swett Hill Road.
  6. At mile 3.5, turn right at the first cross street onto North Cove Road.
  7. Enter the town recreation area for car top launch.

State Pond Map