Windsor Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
        The catchable brook and rainbow trout stocked each spring represent the principal fishery here, with heavy angling pressure lasting through May. Trout hold over through the summer, however, and trout fishing picks up again in the fall and winter. Yellow perch are numerous and display good growth rates, but large individuals are lacking. Pickerel are not particularly numerous, but there are some nice ones in the population.
       While few apparently attempt it (perhaps due to competition from skiing and recreational boaters), an angler willing to do a little scouting and experimentation could definitely tap into some good trout action in the middle of July or August. Go early, and try jigging various depths and locations until the fish are located. A small gold jig tipped with a piece of worm should be effective, and a streamer fly can be added as a dropper above the jig to improve the odds.
         This is 48 acre natural great pond is surprisingly deep, averaging 21 feet and having a maximum depth of 53 feet. The bottom consists of silt overlying gravel and rubble. Aquatic vegetation is scant and limited to a few scattered locations on the west end of the pond. The water is infertile and transparency is good, extending to 12 feet. The shorelines are heavily developed with seasonal and permanent homes.
        The pond is located about a half mile south of Route 8A/116 and is easily reached by taking Windsor Pond Road south from that route. Public access is limited to a surfaced ramp located on the east end of the pond right off the road. The attached parking lot can accommodate approximately 15 vehicles. The ramp is suitable for shallow to moderate draft trailer boats.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       1.0 miles
USGS Map:     Ashfield, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:    1 Windsor Pond Road, Windsor, MA

Boat Launch: State Ramp, paved with large parking lot.
Position:     42-32.25 N 72-58.55 W
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  48 acres
  • Max depth:         53 feet
  • Average Depth:  21 feet
  • Transparency:    12 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Homes
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1981
  •  9 species: chain pickerel, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown bullhead, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, killifish, golden shiner and white sucker
Put In and Take Out: (31.7 miles, 52 min)
From US Route 90, Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 2:
  • At the end of the ramp turn right at the stoplight.
  • Follow Route 20 West through Lee and Lenox to Pittsfield.
  • At mile 10.8, turn right onto Route 9 East, East Street toward Dalton.
  • At mile 16.8, past the center of Dalton, follow Route 9 East/Route 8A North by turning left toward Windsor.
  • At mile 23.1, just before the center of Windsor, turn left on Route 8A North.
  • At mile 27.5, turn right onto Route 116 East towards Plainfield and Charlemont.
  • At mile 31.4, turn right onto Windsor Pond Road.  Follow it to the end where the boat ramp and parking is.

State Pond Map
Looking Southwest
Paved State Boat Launch