Pond is a bit of the local's secret swimming spot, with it's location
in the middle of Chatham's forested center and the official access
to the pond off Queen Anne Road (directions below) being difficult
to spot. There
are many unofficial access ponds all around the pond on Sam Ryder
Road, particularly, where a car can be parked and a short hike will
bring you to any number of small swimming areas. But enough of secrets....
38-acre natural kettlehole pond has a sandy bottom with an average
depth of 24 feet and a maximum depth of 52 feet. Transparency is exceptional,
extending to 23 feet, and aquatic vegetation is scant. The
shoreline is wooded and sparsely developed with a hiking trail that
rings that perimeter of the pond.
Pond is also one of Chatham's 5 or so freshwater fishing spots. Get
your license at Chatham Town Hall at 549 Main St.(508-945-5101).
catches in a 1988 survery recorded banded killifish, golden shiners,
yellow perch, brown bullhead, mummichogs, and brown trout but apparently
Goose Pond is stocked annually in the spring and fall with brook, brown
and rainbow trout. Occasional trout are reported, and the sunken
island or “hump” out in front of the access sight is said
to be agood spot to start fishing, as
trout tend to hang on this structure during the spring and early summer. Shoreline
target the trough between the shore and the hump. There should be at least a
bass available, but they are apparently quite scarce or they would have showed
up in the last
To get to this pond from Route 6, take exit 11 and go south on Route
137. Take a left onto
Queen Anne Road and head east for four-tenths (0.4) of a mile. The access
is a dirt road on the
right and you'll see the conservation sign on your left as you enter.
This public right-of-way is suitable only for launching car top boats
motors only, no outboard motors are allowed.