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    • Partner with others who share your passion as a member of the Manchaug Pond Foundation.
    • Connect in advocacy and action to make a real difference for this 380 acre community resource.
    • Plan and participate in fun events, educational efforts, clean-ups and water quality tasks around the lake.
    • Commit to protecting and preserving Manchaug Pond for today and future generations.
    • Inspire and engage others to support and join in our important work.

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Events for You

  1. Manchaug Pond Foundation Safe Boating

    Kayaking? Life Jackets Required

    September 15, 2019 - May 15, 2020
  2. Manchaug Pond Foundation Waterlevel & Dam

    Winter Lake Draw-down Begins

    October 7, 2019 - February 1, 2020
  3. Ice Safety

    December 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
  4. Manchaug Pond Foundation Wildlife

    Walking/Hiking? Blaze Orange!

    December 2, 2019 @ 6:00 am - March 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
  5. Manchaug Pond Foundation Events

    Watershed-wide Spring Clean-up Event

    April 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Manchaug Pond viewed from the northwest at 1000 feet. In the foreground, the conservation property of watershed forest and ponds which filter water flowing to the lake, as well as the house, fields, and barns are visible.

Photo by Russell Spain.

Causes for Action

Dam & Waterlevel

Local ownership and control; maintenance and safety; waterlevels for connectivty to streams, healthy fisheries and wetland habitats, recreation, safety and flood control; winter drawdown and summer storage capacity. Take a closer look...

Clean Water

Sampling, testing, and monitoring; watershed surveys and cleanups, two 319 stormwater grants with site contruction and educational outreach to residents, campers, youth, and agriculture, horsekeepers and property owners. Learn more...


Channel makers and safety buoys; annual Vessel Safety Check event; education and outreach to public boat ramp users; advocating safety and enforcement patrols by town, state, and Environmental Police. Wear it and check the rules ...

Healthy Fisheries & Recreation!

Our Weed Watcher/Aquatic Plant Survey Team: training in identification; annual survey using GPS, point grid, and rake-toss method; littoral surveys; coordinating with other water quality for long term results; public outreach. Be a Weed Watcher...

Lake & Watershed Conservation

Saved and enhance 100 acres of significant watershed property with priority habitat for endangered species; hold lake’s flow rights; identifying important available parcels advocating for preservation. Join the effort protection Manchaug Pond...

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  • 2 weeks ago Beautiful but cold and windy here today on  #manchaugpond 
  • 2 weeks ago For ice safety information  #manchaugpond , visit our website at Be outside! Enjoy and stay safe!
  • 2 months ago Set up at the Chain of Lights event at my Mom's studio today! ❤️  @creativelyanew   #chainoflights   #holidays   #booth   #angeliasoddities   #essentialoils   #essentialoiljewelry   #oildiffuserjewelry   #candles   #homemadecandles   #handpouredcandles   #soycandles   #purecandles   #sale   #smallbusiness   #artwork   #sutton   #creativelyanew   #manchaug   #manchaugpond   #manchaugmills 
  • 2 months ago View from yesterday’s photo shoot. Beautiful and chilly!
  • 2 months ago A photo of tonight’s sunset taken high above  #manchaugpond 
  • 3 months ago  #manchaugpond  beautiful by day and by night! Work for its continued preservation - join as a member of the Manchaug Pond Foundation.
  • 3 months ago  #manchaugpond  Clear skies, sunshine, blue water but windy!
  • 3 months ago On this spooky night, had to share a pic of a ghost plant, also known as Indian pipes or corpse plant (Monotropa uniflora) growing this summer in the  #manchaugpond  watershed.
  • 3 months ago A quiet, still  #manchaugpond  today - beautiful and waiting for you ... tomorrow at the Lake & Watershed Clean-up Event, October 26, Saturday morning, 9 to noon, state boat ramp. Organized by the Manchaug Pond Foundation with the Town of Sutton Highway Dept. cooperating.
  • 3 months ago Join this Saturday morning the  #manchaugpond  Lake & Watershed Clean-up, 9-noon, meet at state boat ramp Torrey Road, Sutton. All invited! All needed. Group, scout, church, and teen service hours. Children will help clean the ramp with adults on roadsides and shoreline. Great scenery, refreshments, friends and cause!
  • 3 months ago Home run here on  #manchaugpond  with the  #thedamrace  ! Congratulations to all: runners/walkers, donors, volunteers, sponsors. Great day for all and for Manchaug Pond and the Manchaug Pond Foundation! Check out the runners’ time... can wait until next year to see who breaks our tied record in the men’s category!
  • 3 months ago We’re doing it!  #thedamrace   #manchaugpond 
  • 3 months ago  #manchaugpond  ’s The DAM Race tomorrow morning with a 9:30 start. Did you pre-register  @manchaugpond .org... Race t-shirts are in!
  • 3 months ago Looking to  #manchaugpond  ‘s The DAM Race 5K Run & 3K Walk - great weather, spectacular scenery, wonderful people, all for a great cause and event! Pre-register today  @manchaugpond .org
  • 4 months ago Before making your  #manchaugpond  splash, remember required life jackets on when kayaking and canoeing from September 25-May 15.
  • 4 months ago On this beautiful day are you training for  #manchaugpond  ’s The DAM Race .... register online to reserve your t-shirt for the October 19th 5k run & 3k health walk... today!
  • 4 months ago Happy Fall from the  #manchaugpond  watershed. Don’t miss The DAM Race October 19th and the Lake & Watershed Cleanup October 26th!
  • 4 months ago The boys had a good weekend  #tsd   #tacklesupplydepot   #manchaugpond   #quabbin   #collegebassfishing 
  • 4 months ago Good morning!  #manchaugpond 
  • 4 months ago Tonight’s  #manchaugpond  as seen driving along Manchaug Road.
  • 5 months ago Beautiful day on  #manchaugpond  for the Manchaug Pond Foundation Weed Watcher/Aquatic Plant Survey Team to conduct the annual inventory of submerged aquatic plants. South end today. Details to come ...
  • 5 months ago  #manchaugpond  sky after today’s rain storm
  • 6 months ago Along the  #manchaugpond  shore... feeding, darting, making ripples... a school of young fish.
  • 6 months ago Cool air, warm lake envelopes  #manchaugpond  in white.
  • 6 months ago Today, while the eagle soared over  #manchaugpond  the Manchaug Pond Foundation was having stormwater BMP maintenance done at the state boat ramp and private roads removing sediment, pollutants and nutrients from the rain gardens and roadside filtration pools. Keep our lake clean!
  • 6 months ago Lakelife is the best life. Sunsets never get old out on the chaug. - - - -  #lakelife   #sunset   #boating   #oldboat   #scenery   #outdoors   #nature   #fishing   #followers   #follow   #photogrpahy   #editing   #lakemanchaug   #manchaugpond   #beautiful 
  • 6 months ago Dan and Suzie enjoying a sunset cruise!  #manchaugpond   #pointers 
  • 6 months ago  #manchaugpond  - Intense lightning, wind, and rain. Glad that storm passed quickly!
  • 6 months ago Newly hatched snapping turtle heading to  #manchaugpond  from lawn, across the road, to the shore, and in the water. Adult females will dig a depression/hole in a sandy beach or lawn to lay their eggs. Check out our YouTube video of an adult turtle in action at a local campground beach.
  • 7 months ago These 2 1/2 inch long claws of a crayfish found today along the shore of  #manchaugpond  Crayfish can be an indicator of good water quality, break down plant material, and are an important food source for wildlife. Find them living under submerged stones near shore or walking in shallow water.


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