Sugden Reservoir

Last Updated: 3/2018
      Trout fishing is popular here during spring which transitions to quality bass fishing throughout the summer. Anglers can expect to catch both Large and Smallmouth Bass in good numbers with the occasional larger fish. Yellow Perch and Black Crappie are also plentiful. Sugden Reservoir has produced Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, and sunfish that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Freshwater Sportfishing
Awards Program.  


       About 80% of the shoreline has been developed with seasonal and year-round dwellings. Fishing, swimming, sailing and water skiing are popular activities. 
      Moose Hill Reservoir water release into Sugden Reservoir has been a constant issue even though a promise has been made to keep it at the correct level.  To find out the lastest information click the Sugden Reservoir Association below.

Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       2.1 miles
Nearest Address:  
 172 Donnelly Cross Road, Spencer, MA 01562
Position: 42-16.40 N 71-57.70 W
 USGS Map: Worcester North, MA
Boats can be launched from a gravel ramp located off Donnelly Cross Road at the northeast corner of the lake. The ramp is situated at the end of a shallow cove which somewhat restricts the size of boats that can be launched. Parking space is available for about 12 vechicles. Shore access is limited to the area adjacent to the dam and remaining undeveloped shoreline not posted to trespassing.  
Physical Features
  • Area:                  92 acres
  • Max depth:         17 feet
  • Average Depth:  10 feet
  • Transparency:      7 feet
  • Terrain Type:  Homes 80% of shoreline, some woods, dam.
Fish Population
  • Last survey - 2008
  • 11 species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, White Sucker and Brown Bullhead. Sugden Reservoir is also stocked each spring with trout.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 15.5 miles, 22 minutes):
From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. At the end of the ramp head southwest on I-84.
  2. At mile 0.9, take exit 3A to merge onto Route 20 East/Charlton Road toward Charlton.
  3. At mile 3.3, at stop light, turn left onto Route 49 North.
  4. At mile 10.9, turn right onto Route 9 East Main Street.
  5. At mile 14.3, turn left onto Donnelly Road
  6. At mile 14.6, turn right onto Donnelly Cross Road.
  7. At mile 15.5, arrive at dirt road right turn to boat ramp and parking.  There is currently not sign to indicate the boat ramp.  Travel about 0.3 miles to the end of the dirt road.

Sugden Reservoir Association


For more information go to the website: 
Sugden Reservoir Association
State Pond Map