Description - *Information Provided By Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation*
The Massachuseck Indians fished the pond and hunted the surrounding lands. From the colonial period through the late 1800's, several generations of the Houghton family farmed the area.
Today, the Houghtons Pond Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational activities including a supervised swimming beach, stocked fishing, 3 reservable picnic sites, 3 softball fields, 4 tennis courts and a playground. The concession pavilion and the Visitor's Center are open seasonally. Restrooms and a first aid station are available during the summer at the bathhouse on the beach. Payphones are located by the main gate.
- The swimming area is supervised by DCR lifeguards in July and August, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 7 days a week. The beach is equipped with a wheelchair accessible ramp leading to the water. All park visitors must follow the directions of the lifeguard staff and park staff at all times. Failure to do so will result in removal from the park.
Picnic Site Information
Groups of 25 or more must have a permit to use the picnic sites. The picnic area has 3 reservable sites with picnic tables and cooking grills. Portable grills are allowed in designated areas only. There are two picnic sites available on a first come, first served basis for families and groups of less than 25 only. There are 3 softball fields available with a permit.
Recreation - Fishing
Climate - Boston experiences a continental climate that is very common in New England, but with distinct maritime influences due to its position on the Atlantic Ocean. Summers are typically hot and humid, while winters are cold, windy and snowy.
Take exit 3 (Houghton's Pond, Ponkapoag Trail exit) from Rte. 93. Follow the signs to Houghton's Pond.
By public transportation:
MBTA: The Great Blue Hill and Houghton’s Pond sections are accessible from the Red Line to Ashmont Station. From Ashmont, take the high speed line to Mattapan. The Canton and Blue Hills bus services the Trailside Museum and Great Blue Hill on Route 138. For the Houghton’s Pond area, exit the bus at Blue Hill River Road. Cross the road and walk one mile east on Hillside Street. For directions to other areas of the reservation, please call (617) 698-1802.
Please call JBL Bus line’s at (781) 843-4505 for schedule and fee information. No Sunday service.