Windsor Lake

Last Updated: 5/2018
  • Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
  • Estimated Time:    1 hour
  • Total Distance:       1.1 miles
  • USGS Map: North Adams, MA-VT   
  • Boat Launch Address: 140 Bradley St, North Adams, MA 01247
  • Position: 42-41.33 N 73-05.72 W    
Physical Features:
  • Area:                   24 acres
  • Max depth:         19 feet
  • Average Depth:   8 feet
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, City Park
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1980
  • 6 species:     rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, golden shiner and white sucker.   Annual stocking in the spring of trout.
Put In and Take Out: 31.4 miles, 4 min.
From US Route 2 and Route 8 downtown North Adams MA
  • Take Main Street West
  • At mile 0.2, turn right on Church Street and pass Public Library.
  • At mile 0.9, turn left on Bradley Street.
  • At mile 1.2, cross intersection to boat launch or turn right into the park.
      The spring trout fishery is clearly the principal fishery, drawing anglers here from April through June. Trout probably cannot hold over here, but at least some are still available through the month of July.
      Although not overly abundant or large, the bass display good growth rates and there are numerous fish of legal size. The yellow perch, which are the most abundant species in the pond, also display good growth rates, but at the time the samples were taken, perch over 9 inches were scarce. This situation may have changed by now, making it worthwhile to consider jigging this pond in winter.


      After launching at the state boat ramp located at the north west end of the lake, follow the west shore past 5 homes and the turn left along the shore.  From here all the way round the lake you will encounter only one private residence.  Travel south turning right at the last private home to a wooded shore.  There is a small cove almost hidden from view.  All this land is parkland.  At the farthest south east point is where the campground has a few lakeside camping sites.  The rest of the shore back to the launch is parkland available for swimming, fishing and other day use.
Free Summer Concerts each Wednesday at 7:00 pm
     These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food.  Parking is free, and swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed at the lake.

State Pond Map
Historic Valley Campground
         This 100 site park is situated on picturesque Windsor Lake and offers family camping on wooded sites with water, electric (20/30 A) and some sewer sites. We have lakeside, wilderness and pull through sites for your RV, camper or tent. Seasonal campers are welcome.
We have swimming, boating, and fishing on the property as well as playground, organized activities, dump station and recently renovated bathhouses. The Public Beach at Windsor Lake hosts our Summer Concert Series and features an outstanding snack bar. The park is 1-½ miles from downtown North Adams with easy access to a variety of cultural and performing arts.
Campground Website
View from Boat Ramp
Pavillion sells food in the Summer
Town Beach