Description - There
are over 3,000 lakes and ponds in Massachusetts that provide drinking water, flood control,
irrigation, electricity, aesthetic values, recreation and habitat for fish and wildlife. The
lake environment creates a diverse habitat for wildlife and provides a home for hundreds
of animals, including threatened species.
- A few of the many lakes and ponds of Massachusetts are described in this section, primarily those managed by federal and state agencies.
Recreation - Recreation at Massachusetts lakes and ponds includes fishing and hunting, camping and a wide variety of water sports as well as viewing of hundred of species of birds and animals.
Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.
Maps and driving instructions to reach each lake or reservoir are available on the individual pages of this section describing each one.