Long Pond, Massachusetts, USA

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A large dose of nature’s best medicine awaits visitors to Long Pond in Massachusetts’ southeastern region. Located only a few miles west of Plymouth Bay, 211-acre Long Pond is a picture of solitude, wooded shoreline and pristine sand beaches. Much of the shoreline is private, although only about 50 permanent dwellings overlook the lake through the trees. Long Pond is one of the deepest natural lakes in this part of Massachusetts and holds a very productive cold water fishery. Located in an area with several other small lakes, the general atmosphere of the residents is toward nature preservation and enjoyment. Most visitors who come here are looking for the same sense of wilderness.

Sailing has long been a favored form of boating on Long Pond. Sailboat races occur nearly every summer weekend, often featuring antique sailboats. Long Pond is known as one of the best swimming lakes in the area, as many shoreline areas are sandy and shallow. There is no publicly-advertised beach, however; most homes bordering the lake have their own swimming areas and docks. A public boat ramp with parking is provided by the state for outside boat access. A 50 horsepower limit is in force on boat motors. Long Pond lends itself well to electric motors, canoes and kayaks, all of which are good for observing wildlife along the shore and in the shallows. The lake is only about 20 minutes by car from the Town of Plymouth, so many city residents bring their canoes and kayaks to spend the day paddling.

Long Pond’s reputation as an excellent trout and salmon fishery has been well-known for many years. Many reports call it the best fishery in the state. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has been stocking Long Pond for at least 80 years with cold water fish: sockeye salmon, landlocked salmon, chinook salmon, brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout and tiger trout, along with warm-water favorites such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, rainbow smelt and white bass. In recent years, the stocking emphasis has been on trout and salmon. Brown trout weighing over 14 pounds have been taken here. In winter the fishing hardly slows down, with anglers just as eager to fish through the ice.

Long Pond is one of six ponds in the area included under the watchful eye of the Six Ponds Improvement Association. The association is tasked with monitoring water quality and educating residents about lake issues. Of the six ponds within their group, Long Pond is one of the cleanest. Other nearby ponds include Little Long Pond to the north, Gallows Pond off the northwest shore, Round Pond near the southwestern side, Bloody Pond to the southeast, and Halfway Pond to the west. Although a residential area, the six-pond region is well-supplied with outdoor activities for nearly all types of visitors. Sharing the lakeshores of both Long Pond and Round Pond, a former Girl Scout Camp houses Pinewood Camp dedicated to education in traditional dance and music. Bloody Pond Conservation Area, owned by the Town of Plymouth, provides the only assess to Bloody Pond for fishing via carry-in boats and from shore. The Conservation Area also holds several walking trails.

Although much of Long Pond’s water comes from groundwater, it gains some inflow from Little Long Pond with the excess flowing out to Halfway Pond. A large piece of Wildlands Trust property occupies a triangle between Gallows Pond, Halfway Pond and Long Pond, extending on the west side of Halfway Pond to the edge of Myles Standish State Forest. Many miles of nature trails are available in these conserved lands, where the area’s wealth of amphibians, fish, native plants and birds can be seen and enjoyed. The Halfway Pond area is excellent habitat for the endangered Northern Redbelly Cooter (turtle) and a fine place to sight prairie warblers, rufous towhees, common yellow-throats and bald eagles. Myles Standish State Forest offers a number of kettle lakes, several campgrounds, hiking trails and hunting in season. Along the west edge of Long Pond, Long Pond Road is a part of the Saltonstall Bikeway, often used for cycling outings and by casual riders. With all of these outdoor opportunities, it is no wonder that Long Pond has been a desirable destination for many years.

Several of the properties along the Long Pond shoreline rent vacation cottages or seasonal homes for short vacation stays. Most provide a canoe and dock along with beautiful views and a sandy beach. Its proximity to the Town of Plymouth makes Long Pond an excellent choice for a family vacation. Plymouth holds numerous hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts, many in historic settings. Whether the family beds down at Long Pond and does their sightseeing at Plymouth or vice versa, there are plenty of restaurants, shops and services available to fulfill every immediate need. And a few days exploring the many historic sites around Plymouth can provide an authentic history adventure into early colonial settlement.

The first stop in any history itinerary when leaving from Long Pond is usually Plymouth Rock. Housed in the smallest state park in Massachusetts, what remains of the famed rock after several moves, souvenir hunters and well-intentioned mishaps is located here. Pilgrim Memorial State Park is located on the waterfront near the State Pier where the Mayflower II is docked. This faithful reproduction of the original Mayflower was built in Devon, England and sailed to Plymouth in 1957. Plimoth Plantation, the non-profit living history museum in charge of the Mayflower II, has facilities located about three miles south and contains several sections: a 17th century English Village with villagers dressed in period costumes; the Wampanoag Homesite (interpretive displays by local Native Americans); the Craft Center where local crafters create their furnishings, clothing and utilitarian objects used to furnish the museum using the same tools, materials and skills the original settlers would have used in the 1600s; the reproduced Plimoth Grist Mill; and the Visitor Centers, housing gift shops and information. Nearby the Plimoth Plantation’s Rare and Heritage Breeds Program breeds and raises the now-rare types of livestock originally used to sustain the early settles. If staying at Long Pond, this could easily fill two or more days to see everything.

Not everything in Plymouth consists of history , although there are historic walking tours, ‘ghost’ tours in old local cemeteries, and plenty of historic homes open for visitation. Those who want more strenuous activity can take a deep sea fishing tour, wander the Atlantic beaches, go sea kayaking, take a whale watching tour or a cruise on the bay. Plymouth also holds the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Americana Theatre and Pilgrim Hall Museum among its many cultural and arts offerings. Evenings can be filled with rousing nightlife, soothing music, hilarious comedic plays or simply sitting on the beach in front of a roaring campfire. Life is good at Long Pond, and nature is never far away. You will be amazed that so much natural beauty still exists amid 400 years of colonial habitation.

Things to do at Long Pond MA

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • State Forest
  • Museum
  • Antiquing

Fish species found at Long Pond MA

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Smelt
  • Sockeye Salmon
  • Tiger Trout
  • Trout
  • White Bass

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Long Pond MA Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 211 acres

Shoreline Length: 3 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 65 feet

Average Depth: 46 feet

Maximum Depth: 102 feet

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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