West Waushacum Pond
and the Quag

Last Updated: 6/2018
       The presence of water supply protection lands and restrictions on internal combustion engines make West Waushacum Lake is an ideal location for paddle boat fishing. Those fishing in spring and early summer will find stocked trout in abundance. Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Chain Pickerel, and Largemouth Bass are also abundant with the occasional larger fish. White Perch and Smallmouth Bass are present but in much lower abundance. West Waushacum Pond has produced Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, White Perch, and Rainbow Trout that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program. 


      West Washacum Pond is a 120 acre great pond located off of Gates road in Sterling. The pond bottom is comprised of rocks and gravel with areas of mud and aquatic vegetation common along the shoreline and shallow shoals. The shores of West Waushacum pond lie within the Department of Conservation and Recreation water supply protection lands and are free from development. Access to the Quag is provided via a narrow channel under the central mass bikepath on the western shore. 
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Distance around lake:  Total - 2.8 miles
West Waushacum Pond: 1.9 miles
The Quag:                       0.9 miles
USGS Map: Sterling, MA

Physical Features:
  • Area:               120 acres
  • Max depth:        31 feet
  • Average Depth: 16 feet
  • Transparency:    8 to 10 feet
  • Terrain Type:  Houses, Island, Roadway, Woods
Fish Population
  • Last survey ?
  •  12 species : Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Yellow Bullhead, Brown Bullhead, and Golden Shiner. West Waushacum Pond is also stocked each spring with trout. 

State Pond Map
West Waushacum Pond Roadside Launch
Position: 42-24.63 N 71-45.96 W​
Boat Launch:
Car top dirt ramp launch alongside road.  No motors.
There is roadside parking only at the launch.

If you go a short distance to the gravel parking lot for the Central Mass Rail Trail across the street from the pond. 
       42-24.70 N 71-46.10 W
       30 Gates Rd Sterling, MA 01564

Nearest Launch Address:
50 Gates Road Sterling, MA 01564
Put-In Directions (13.1 miles, 23 minutes):
From Exit 6 of Route 190 - Sterling/Clinton:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn south on Route 12
  2. At mile 1.7, in the middle of Sterling, continue straight onto Route12 South/Route 62 West.
  3. At mile 2.0, turn slight left onto Route 12 South.
  4. ​At mile 3.8, turn left onto Gates Road.
  5. At mile 4.0, park roadside and launch car top boats just about 25 yards down on the opposite side.
Gravel Launch for car top,kayak, canoe, and electric motors permitted.
You can use this rail trail parking if needed.
A view of the pond and island on a rainy day.