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Kayaking on Pottapaug Pond - in Petersham MA


Rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars - A very secluded paddling spot. The gates to Pottapaug Pond are locked from mid-October to mid-April. The shores of Pottapaug is unadulterated pristine and reminded me of the lakes I paddled a couple of months in some remote parts of Canada. I paddled to the northern section and back in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

  Put in at Hell Huddle Road
  in Petersham MA.
Paddle to north end
  of pond and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 5+ miles
Pottapaug Pond
  Dam
  Gates locked mid-October
  to mid-April.
Must rent and use
  kayaks on site.
Boating not allowed on
  Quabbin Reservoir.
 

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to determine the legality, suitability and safety of this route for yourself.

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Enroute to Pottapaug Pond, I saw these cornfields.
Trip date is September 2014.





Gate 43 to Fishing Area 3.
Gates closed and locked between middle-October thru middle-April.





Quabbin Reservoir.


Approaching the entrance to the Pottapaug Pond launch. I was politely told by the minders of the reservoir that I can not launch my own kayak into Pottapaug Pond to prevent introduction of foreign invasive plant species.


I have to pay the reasonable kayak rental of $14 (whole day use) on top of the parking fee of $6.


Pottapaug Pond Dam.


The rack of kayak rentals at Pottapaug Pond.


The Boston Kayaker just launched on Pottapaug Pond in Petersham MA.


Looking at my left is the Pottapaug Pond Dam.


Paddling northwards.





Looking to my left.














An island on Pottapaug Pond.














Once I got past the island, I looked at the map and decided to go on the eastern shore of Pottapaug Pond.


Veering to my left and approaching the eastern shore.





I now have the eastern shore on my right and will paddle the pond counter-clockwise from hereon.




















A man and his boat on Pottapaug Pond.


Continuing my paddle northwards.


I am looking for the narrow passage to the northern section of Pottapaug Pond.


This looks like it . . .





This passage to the northern section of Pottapaug Pond looks river-like.





Three people on a boat on Pottapaug Pond.





Continuing my northward paddle.





I can see a small tree-stump poking out of the water and a turtle sun-bathing from it.


I approached very quietly.


A turtle sun-bathing on Pottapaug Pond.





I have reached the northern end of Pottapaug Pond.
Will now turn around . . .


Just turned around and now facing southwards.


Looking to my left (east).





Will have to paddle thru the narrow passage.





Approaching the main body of Pottapaug Pond from the channel.





Entering the main body of Pottapaug Pond.





Pottapaug Pond viewed from the north (just of the channel).





Will paddle southwards and veer to the right to be near the shoreline.














Continuing southern paddle keeping the western coast on my right.





On my right is the northwestern arm of the Pottapaug Pond.


I decided to skip this northwest branch of Pottapaug Pond.








This is the same island earlier.


The Pottapaug Pond boat ramp is still not visible from here but it will be towards the right.





Now I can start to see the boat ramp where I came from.








The buoys marking the Pottapaug Pond dam.


Landed. Paddle time was 1 hour and 50 minutes.