Boating on Manchaug Pond
Manchaug Pond offers so many recreational opportunities. Fishing, boating, & swimming are just a few of the activities seen here daily.
Motor boats, sail boats, kayaks, canoes and pedal boats can all be seen on the lake throughout spring, summer, & fall. During the winter you’ll find folks ice fishing, skating, snowmobiling, and snow shoeing. No matter what the season, there’s always something to do on Manchaug Pond.
If you’re an early riser, join the fishing boats on the lake each weekend. Tournaments happen here often, and there are some good catches to be found in the lake.
Public access is available via the State Boat Ramp located on the lake. Weekends are often busy, and parking is limited. Please be sure to be respectful of the rules at the ramp, as vehicles parked in inappropriate areas will be ticketed. Rates are $6.00/car/day for in-state and $12.00/car/day for out-of-state. In-state residents may purchase a season’s pass at the Sutton Town Hall for $20.
Places to Swim, Camp, and Vacation
Day swimming and picnicking is offered at the Old Holbrook Place with overnight family camping available there as well and at King’s Family Campground and at Lake Manchaug Campground on the lake proper and at the fourth campground, Sutton Falls Camping Area at Aldrich Mill Pond just up Manchaug Road.
The Cabin at Hawk Hollow offers a cozy woodland shore retreat where you can stay just a couple of nights or longer for a quiet, homey nature experience on Manchaug Pond or enjoy your vacation get-a-way in a large Lakefront Home offering peace and quiet with all the amenities you’d expect and much more.
Additionally children entering grade 1 through 7 can enjoy the summer long outdoor day camping provided by the YMCA at the Camp Blanchard facility.
Nearby Trail Hiking
The Midstate Trail passes through the Manchaug Pond watershed to the west of the lake, running north to south across the Commonwealth from Ashburnham at the New Hampshire border through Douglas to the Rhode Island line. Join a group and join others on a day hike or just pick up the yellow triangles on Central Turnpike in Sutton by parking in the Baptist church or on N.W. Main Street in Douglas or at the Douglas State Forest where hiking trails abound! Waters Farm offers hiking trails and events from walking tours of the historical home, donated by MPA secretary Dorothea Waters Moran to the town of Sutton Conservation Commission, to their October Farm Days Fall Festival.